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Maroney Racing Explores Stepping Up to Top Fuel for the 2019 NHRA Season

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Gilbert, ARIZ. (November 14, 2018) – The Maroney family has three generations that have been involved in motorsports.   From drag racing Nostalgia Funny Cars and Altereds to Sprint Car racing, the Maroney family is diverse in their quest for speed in various forms of motorsports.

The Maroney family history in racing began with Jim’s father, Jack Maroney and uncle, Ed Maroney.  By the 70’s, Jack and Ed teamed up with Mike Day.  The team ran everything from front engine dragsters to Fuel Funny Cars in the mid 80’s.

maroney racingIn the early 90’s, Jim Maroney began racing on the dirt, driving Dwarfs and Mini Sprints.  Feeling the need for speed, Jim decided to follow in the footsteps of his father and transitioned into drag racing.  Jim built an injected Altered and ran Super Comp with it, running 8.90’s in the 150 mph range.  Jim then purchased a CIFCA Funny Car (California Independent Funny Car Association).  The Funny Car moved Jim up into 7.50 second pass.  He ran competitively with CIFCA for 10 years.  Jim later picked up a ride in a Nostalgia Nitro Funny Car.

In 2010, Jim formed the WFA (Western Fuel Altereds) with the intention of giving some of the west coast’s Altered drivers a series they could compete in.  The Altereds mainly run on blown alcohol, but some also run on light loads of nitro.  The cars run heads up with the faster of the cars running in the mid six second range.  With his eye on stepping up once again, he sold the WFA series in 2018.

Not that running and competing in the WFA wasn’t enough, Jim and his cousin Ron toured the IHRA circuit with the Blind Faith Altered.

During a 2011 race in Baton Rouge, Jim won the race wearing the hats and helmets of the Crew Chief, the Tuner and the Driver.  He also set quick reaction time, low ET and high mile per hour of the event, winning the event and walking away with an Iron Man.

During this same time, Jim partnered with Jim Broome of Nostalgia Motorsports and owner of the Candies and Hughes ’71 Cuda Nostalgia Nitro Funny Car.  That partnership continues on today.

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Jim and his wife Laura have four kids.  Three of the four are into racing.  17 year old Hailey drives an NE2 Dragster.  Jim’s youngest son Colton drives Sprint Cars on the dirt track and his oldest son Preston has driven Sprint Cars, drag motorcycles, dragsters and will be the primary of a Vega Panel Funny Car currently being worked on by the team.  The car is a tribute to his father’s car from the 70’s.

Last year Jim was approached by Fuel Funny Car driver Terry Haddock to see if Jim was interested in upgrading his license in his Fuel Dragster.  The two previously know each other from the IHRA tour and Haddock knew Maroney would be able to handle the car.

In one event, Jim licensed in the car on a Monday and on Friday competed in his first NHRA Mello Yello Series drag race as a Top Fuel Dragster pilot, paired in the first round with Tony Schumacher.  Jim raced the Fuel Dragster in 6 races during the 2018 NHRA season.  He got his first fuel round win against reining Champion Brittany Force and also ran a couple of 3 second, 300 plus mph passes.  Jim ran the Western Swing, as well as Epping and Norwalk.

In his first time competing with the top drivers NHRA has to offer, Jim kept his cool and was able to cut a better light than everyone he rolled up to the starting line with.  His average light was a .062, putting him within the top three of all drivers during the events he competed in.  Don Schumacher Racing’s Leah Pritchett was number three with a .074 average reaction time.

Jim says piloting the Top Fuel car “is amazing,” noting that leaving the starting line isn’t much different than the Nostalgia cars he has run with the exception of the noise and vibration.  Though he was thoroughly impressed with the G’s experienced when the clutch locks up, bowing the chassis and causing the front end to starts dancing around.

Maroney said “It’s more than I expected.  Having driven Nostalgia cars for 30 years, I thought it would be a pretty easy jump into top fuel, but it was a bigger change, a bigger jump than what I had expected.”

Maroney Racing would like to thank American Flowtech and Torco Oil for their support during the 2018 season.

Maroney Racing has put together marketing material and are currently seeking partners to campaign a full time Top Fuel team during the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season.  The team has already picked up Jay Carter, head specialist for Cruz Pedregon during the 2018 NHRA season.  Carter, injured towards the end of the 2018 season was let go by Pedregon and immediately picked up by Maroney.

You can learn more about Maroney Racing or contact them on their Facebook page by clicking here.

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Feature photo by Mike Ward.

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