In late 2009 Team JDM began a new relationship with ROUSH® Performance in order to pursue a Super Stang class championship in the NMRA Drag Racing Series. Jim D’Amore, owner of JDM Engineering, set out to build the world’s fastest production-based ROUSH Mustang in order to accomplish this feat.
Team JDM paired up with the engineers at ROUSH, and after much work and development they created a 727 horsepower supercharged drag strip monster. Which Chris Parisi, the 2009 Super Stang class champion behind the wheel, the team was on its way to their first Team-JDM-ROUSH champsionship.
At the beginning of the 2010 season Parisi took some time getting used to the new setup in the ROUSH Mustang. The new car was making approximately 400 horsepower more than his previous ride and reached quite differently on the track. It wasn’t until his third race of the season that Parisi got a few rounds under his belt and that’s all it took for him to become comfortable in the red ROUSH machine.
Parisi continued to make up ground on the point leaders and by the second-to-last race of the season in Columbus, Ohio, that he was able to put himself into the lead by going all the way to the final round. Then, in the season-finale at Bowling Green, Ky., all Parisi had to do to stay ahead of his competitors was make the semi-finals; when that was accomplished he was named as the NMRA Super Stang class champion for the 2010 season.
Team JDM’s championship is the second won by a ROUSH Mustang this season (Donnie Bowles won the NMCA Open Comp title in his propane-powered ROUSH Stage 3™ car). The NMRA is recognized as one of the most competitive and well-known drag racing series in the Ford community. Team JDM and ROUSH made their presence well-known in 2010 and showed the world just what a ROUSH Mustang is capable of doing on a racetrack.
JDM is looking forward to another race season coming up in 2011 and with the development of new vehicles and parts from ROUSH Performance don’t be surprised to see the team in the hunt for another championship.