With one bold stroke, Troy Coughlin is going from
an underdog to potentially one of the top dogs in
the NHRA's Pro Mod series.
Coughlin, who finished 12th in the 2011 Pro Mod standings,
raced most of the season with a small block engine
GTO that captivated the imagination of a lot of hard-core
fans, but didn't win too many rounds on the track.
"That was a fun little car to drive but it just
didn't have to power to keep up with the rest of the
field in Pro Mod," Coughlin said. "I needed
a different car to stay competitive in that series."
At the tail end of the season Coughlin unveiled a
new turbocharged JEGS.com Chevy Camaro, and this year
one of the best turbo tuners in the business, Steve
Petty, will be calling the shots.
"We didn't get that much of a chance to totally
figure out the new car before the end of the season,"
Coughlin said. "But with a guy like Steve in
our corner now, I feel confident we'll hit the ground
running in 2012.
"We'll test a lot this off-season and get totally
up to speed before we race. And when you get up to
Steve Petty speed, you're on top of the world."
turbo machines won four of the last five Pro Mod series
races in 2011, and Coughlin said he's elated to have
that kind of racing resume in his corner.
"I've been friends with Steve for awhile but
we'd never had a chance to work together," Coughlin
said. "We've made the commitment to run the turbo
Camaro for the foreseeable future, and there's no
one better than Steve with a turbo car."
At the very least, Coughlin wants to add a few more
Pro Mod Wallys to his list of career accomplishments,
which includes multiple victories in NHRA Pro Stock
competition, membership in the Holley Six-Second Pro
Stock Club and Speed Pro 200-mph Club, a trophy run
at the exclusive $50,000 Winston Showdown, various
sportsman-level wins, a memorable weekend at the $50,000
Big Dog Shootout, and his NMCA Pro Street world title