In the early 2000s, Chevrolet was well represented in the NHRA Funny Car class by multicar teams such as those operated by Don Prudhomme, Del Worsham, and the Pedregon brothers. A notable independent racer during this period was Jim Epler, who ran a Corvette on the NHRA national tour. Fielding multicar teams became commonplace in the 2000s, as they offered the advantage of collecting two or more times as much tuning information, and of course, increasing the team’s the chance of winning.
Tony Pedregon brought the most Funny Car class success to Chevrolet in this era by winning the NHRA world championship in 2007 in his Quaker State-backed Chevy Impala SS. Del Worsham won multiple NHRA national events during this time while driving CSK-sponsored Chevy Impala SS Funny Cars. The US Tobacco-sponsored team of Ron Capps and Tommy Johnson Jr. achieved many wins on the NHRA circuit while driving their Chevy Camaro and Monte Carlo nitro Funny Cars. Although driving in the Alcohol class, Jay Payne appears in this gallery in his always-competitive Valvoline-sponsored Camaro Funny Car.
Photos by Ron Lewis