Due to its lack of a roll cage, the NHRA has banned the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon from performing sub-10-second runs in sanctioned events. While that may be a bummer, Hennessey Performance Engineering founder John Hennessey has written a letter to Tim Kuniskis, Head of FCA Passenger Car Brands in North America, telling him that owners of the Dodge Demon will be allowed to run their car to its full potential at Lonestar Motorsports Park. A track that Hennessey owns.
“[I was] greatly disappointed to find out that the NHRA has banned the Demon from being able to run to its full potential (9.65secs @ 140mph) at their quarter-mile drag-strips,” said Hennessey, according to CarScoops. “As the president of Lonestar Motorsports Park, we plan to allow Dodge Demon owners to be able to run their vehicles down our quarter-mile drag-strip without a rollcage and/or parachute.”
There is one caveat, however. In order to run their Dodge Demon at Lonestar, owners must first attend a one-day drag racing school where they’ll learn the competencies needed in order to drive at the limit. With that in mind, it becomes clear that the opportunistic Hennessey aims to attract Dodge Demon owners attention, and their money.