Santa Pod Raceway

European Funny Car Series

Biggest funny car field in Decades!

There will be six big show Funny Cars campaigning for the 2020 EFCS crown. To keep qualifying tight six cars will be fighting it out for the four car field on race day.

Funny Car Series

2020 Series Rounds:

2019 Points

Racer R1 R2 R3 R4 B Total
Kevin Chapman 233 176 15 143 100 667
Kevin Kent 197 21 26 225 100 569
Steve Ashdown 19 253 20 78 100 470
Jason Phelps 72 70 46 77 100 365

Teams:

Kevin Chapman
Kevin Chapman

Kevin Chapman - Thermoreg
Ford Mustang
Engine Size: 500ci
PB: 4.48s

Winner of the 2019 Series, Kevin goes again in 2020 with a new tuner and refreshed crew. The well renowned Terry Haddock will be taking time out from his busy NHRA schedule to give Chapman the best chance of winning the title for the second year on the trot.

Kevin Kent
Kevin Kent
Kevin Kent - West Ten Motorsport
Ford Mustang
Engine Size: 500ci
PB: 4.279s @ 286mph
A new car for West Ten for 2020! Kevin has retired this Mustang and goes into the season with the former Blake Alexander NHRA campaigning Chevrolet Monte Carlo, an exciting addition to the line-up for the European Funny Car Series. John Bodie Smith will continue with tuning responsibilities.
Steve Ashdown
Steve Ashdown
Steve Ashdown - The Undertaker
Dodge Stratus
Engine Size: 500ci
PB: 4.808s
Steve will be campaigning the Shockwave Racing Funny Car again in 2020, Dave Bryant tuning. The experienced team have made huge progress over the winter and are set to give their best to win the Funny Car crown in 2020.
Jason Phelps
Jason Phelps
Jason Phelps - Gladiator
Dodge Stratus
Engine Size: 500ci
PB: 4.762s
The Gladiator team are set to go again for 2020. Mark and Jackie Hawkins are happy with their fledgling teams progress last year, the immaculate car driven by Jason will need to continue that progress in 2020 to close the gap on the pack.
Patrik Pers
Patrik Pers
Patrik Pers
Dodge Charger
Engine Size: 500ci
PB:
The Swedish racer returns with a new car for the new season. The ex-Bob Bode Dodge Charger, bought by Patrik at the end of 2019 has been lovingly prepped by the team over the winter. The experienced Brit, Dave Fletcher will be taking time off his NHRA duties and flying in to advise on tuning for the season.
Shelly Pearson
Shelly Pearson
Shelley Pearson
Dodge Stratus
Engine Size: 500ci
PB:
The former Top Fuel driver will be behind the wheel of a Funny Car for 2020, driving the Santa Pod branded Dodge Stratus out of the West Ten stable with John Spuffard overseeing the operation. Shelley previously tried out partner Kevin Kents’ Mustang and obviously feels the need for speed.

What are Funny Cars?

Funny Cars originated in 1960s America when venturesome drag racers began merging nitro-burning dragster powertrains with passenger-car bodies and created an instant sensation. Originally dubbed Factory Experimentals, their altered wheelbases and protruding engine parts made them look ‘kinda funny’, commentators said, and the description stuck. The emphasis lies firmly on ‘funny peculiar’, not ‘funny ha-ha’.

Modern Funny Cars still share the same engines as Top Fuel Dragsters, nitromethane-fuelled powerplants packing an 8,000-horsepower punch. Funny Car bodies sit on tube framed chassis and hinge at the back to allow access to the engine and drivers seat, their composite-material bodies might nowadays bear just a slim resemblance to the production cars on which they are modelled, but production-car bodies are not designed to hit 300mph in five seconds flat from a standing start. Channelling such groundshaking force through a short wheelbase makes a Funny famously hard to handle – the racetrack may be straight but the cars often have other ideas.

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