Lex Joon “The Flying Dutchman” to pilot Top Fuel in 2018

The Flying Dutchman is proud to announce his return into Top Fuel. Current plans include participation with his Top Fuel dragster in the newly formed Nitro Outlaw Drag Racing Association series (www.nodragracing.com).

The association begins their confirmed four-race schedule on March 17, 2018 at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, AZ.

Lex Joon Racing (LJR) is a self-funded, independent FIA Championship winning Top Fuel race team. Lex and his wife Gerda, moved from Europe to the United States of America in 2013, with the mission to be a premier drag racing team in NHRA drag racing. They continue to pursue that passion with drive and commitment. LJR has a lot of work ahead of them to get ready for the first race in Chandler, AZ. With items on the to-do list that include new or updated SFI certified parts and the imperative Chassis certification for the Top Fuel Dragster. Additionally, the team is currently seeking a Semi truck / trailer to transport the team from race to race. With many parts, pieces, and hours left to get the team ready, they are looking forward to getting back on track.

LJRs participation in Nitro Outlaw Drag Racing Association will provide an opportunity to achieve some of our goals as well as help brand the Nitro Outlaw Drag Racing Association. The interest and participation in the association will provide another opportunity for Nitro Funny Cars and Top Fuel Dragsters to race, in addition to NHRA.

Nitro Outlaw Drag Racing Association series will be held in conjunction with the National Hot Rod Diesel Association (NHRDA) events. These events pulled in an impressive 3.5 million viewers in 2017. The NHRDA is very popular with diesel fans, who will now also get an opportunity to engage with Nitro burning horsepower teams. They will get to engage with their favorite driver and team in an environment that is focused on bringing the fun back to drag racing.

The Nitro Outlaw Association is based on a format where match racing is the main element, something that was really popular back in the early days of racing. It will have a new element to boost fan participation, through online “live” event streaming. Fans will get to interact with the program through text and online voting for car pairings, and individual “challenges”. This is a very innovative approach to a traditional way of racing.

The Nitro Outlaw Association is opening up a new and exciting platform targeting millennials, race enthusiasts, and those who want to interact in the online platform. Fans will be treated with the header flames from Nitro Funny Cars and Top Fuel Dragsters and teams that are passionate about putting on a quality show.

Lex Joon Racing offers unique marketing opportunities, we have a proven on and off track record. Most believe the cost to participate in a Top Fuel race team is out of reach, however the cost of sponsoring one race is far below what you may expect. We would be happy to discuss the opportunity of working with the “Flying Dutchman” and his team.
Contact Lex : lex@lexjoonracing.com.

LJR plans to attend a select number of NHRA Mello Yello events throughout the 2018 season. Now is a great time for marketing partners who are exploring opportunities to be a part of our Top Fuel racing program and the NHRA Mello Yellow Drag racing series.

The Nitro Outlaw Drag Racing Association races will be held at the following NHRDA (National Hot Rod Diesel Association) events in 2018 with more races pending.

March 16-17 Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, Chandler, AZ
April 27-28 Texas Motorplex, Ennis, TX
June 9 Bandimere Speedway, Morrison, CO
Oct. 12-13 Texas Motorplex, Ennis, TX

2018 Fox NHRA television RACEDAY broadcast schedule (All times ET )
02/11 – Lucas Oil Winternationals, Pomona, Calif. (5 p.m. live on FS1)
02/25 – NHRA Arizona Nationals, Phoenix (6:30 p.m., FS1)
03/18 – Amalie Motor Oile NHRA Gatornationals, Gainesville, Fla. (7 p.m., FS1)
04/08 – DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals, Las Vegas (6 p.m., FS1)
04/22 – NHRA SpringNationals, Houston (2 p.m., Live on FS1)
04/29 – NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Charlotte (6 p.m., FS1)
05/06 – NHRA Southern Nationals, Atlanta (6 p.m., FS1)
05/20 – Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals, Topeka (2 p.m., Live on FS1)
06/03 – Route 66 NHRA Nationals, Chicago (5:30 p.m., FS1)
06/10 – NHRA Summernationals, Englishtown, N.J. (6 p.m., FS1)
06/17 – NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, Bristol, Tenn. (7:30 p.m., FS1)
06/24 – Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, Norwalk, Ohio (6:30 p.m., FS1)
07/08 – NHRA New England Nationals, Epping, N.H. (1 p.m., Live on FS1)
07/22 – Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals, Denver (3 p.m., Live on Fox)
07/29 – Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals, Sonoma, Calif. (4 p.m. Live on Fox)
08/05 – NHRA Northwest Nationals, Seattle (4 p.m., Live on Fox)
08/19 – Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Brainerd, Minn. (2 p.m., Live on FS1)
09/03 – Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis (11 a.m. Live on FS1)
09/03 – Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis (1 p.m., Live on Fox)

NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship
09/16 – Dodge NHRA Nationals, Reading, Pa. (7:30 p.m., FS1)
09/23 – AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, St. Louis (8:30 p.m., FS1)
10/07 – AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, Dallas (12 p.m., Live on FS2)
10/14 – NHRA Carolina Nationals, Charlotte (2 p.m., Live on FS1)
10/28 – NHRA Toyota Nationals, Las Vegas (7:30 p.m., Live on FS1)
11/11 – Auto Club NHRA Nationals, Pomona (4 p.m., Live on FS1)

2018 FOX SPORTS NHRA Television Schedule
Fox Sports and the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) announced the release of the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series television schedule, highlighted by live broadcast network coverage of the “Western Swing” (Denver, Sonoma and Seattle) and the iconic U.S. Nationals from Indianapolis on Labor Day.

The Fox NHRA television season opens Feb. 8-11, with the 58th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com qualifying sessions airing Friday, Feb. 9 (9:30 p.m. ET) and Sunday, Feb. 11 (1 p.m. ET) from historic Autoclub Raceway in Pomona, Calif. On Sunday, Feb. 11, FS1 will air three hours of live final-round coverage, beginning at 5 p.m. ET.

Dave Rieff, Tony Pedregon and Bruno Massel return to the booth for the Fox NHRA broadcast team, with reporting from Lewis Bloom, Amanda Busick, Jamie Howe and John Kernan.

In 2018, NHRA Today, the drag racing news and entertainment show, moves to a one-hour slot leading into select Sunday Fox NHRA race programming. NHRA in 30, a half-hour recap of the Mello Yello Sunday Finals show, also returns in 2018.
The NHRA Sportsman Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series (16 races) and the growing E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service (12 races), both return to Thursday nights on FS2.

NHRA races also will appear in Canada and the Caribbean through Fox Sports Racing, as well as be available through the Fox Sports GO app that provides live streaming video of Fox Sports content at home or on the go and now is available to 94 million subscribers.

Lex Joon “The Flying Dutchman” to pilot Top Fuel in 2018