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Roush Drag Racing Team Continues to Prove that Propane is a Winning Fuel

The Roush Drag Racing Team. Top: Donnie Bowles, Jr.’s propane powered Mustang. Bottom: Susan Roush-McClenaghan’s propane powered Mustang.

Car enthusiasts and race fans across the world know the name Jack Roush. For over 45 years Roush Incorporated, Inc. has been a leader in engineering and manufacturing in the transportation industry on and off the track. Drag Racing has had a special place in Jack’s heart, for he was very active in the 1970’s with Don Bowles, Sr. Roush and Bowles also spent time working together on engines and development, long before the Roush empire was created. Roush Drag Racing’s second generation racing team, founded by Susan Roush-McClenaghan and Donnie Bowles, is making a different impact on the racing world, as leaders on the drag strip and off.  In 2009, Susan Roush-McClenaghan was the first woman to win the Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing Shootout.

Susan Roush-McClenaghan and Donnie Bowles, Jr. Introduce a Cleaner Way to Race:
Roush-McClenaghan and Bowles, Jr. are building their own legacy. When Susan and Donnie Teamed up to establish the Roush Drag Team, they brought a whole new aspect to drag racing – propane!
Susan states; “When it was first announced (we were using propane), many thought the idea Roush fielding a propane-fuel drag car was a bit of a gimmick. We all understand that propane burns cleaner than gasoline, but can it really be competitive on the race track?”
Why did the Roush Drag team choose propane as their choice to power their race cars? Roush-McClenaghan said, “in our testing propane compared to the different racing fuels, (the fuel we compared LPG to during testing was VP C14 (114 octane race gasoline), we achieved the same amount of torque and power that was achieved from other racing fuels.” Susan also said, “With propane being an American fuel and producing fewer emissions was the deciding factors.” Also “my father is all about using American, and propane is an American fuel.”

AmeriGas, the nation’s largest propane supplier, is proud to sponsor the Roush Drag Team. Partnering with the recognized Roush name to provide and support a fuel solution that is clean, green and proven to not only run efficiently, but to win racing championships, is an honor.

Recap of the 2013 Racing Season: Another winning season for Susan Roush-McClenaghan and Donnie Bowles, Jr.
The first race of this 2013 season in Bradenton, FL started off almost identical to the last race of the 2012 season – Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Lone Star Shootout. Teammates Susan Roush McClenaghan and Donnie Bowles were the last two at the 19th Annual NMRA Spring Break Shootout. It was 2013 that proved to be Susan’s turn to reach the finish line first. Roush-McClenaghan’s 2010 Roush Stage 3 Ford Mustang had a new Ford “Coyote” engine bored to 311 c.i.d. with a Roush Supercharger along with a Roush Clean Tech Liquid Propane Injection System – generating in excess of 820 horsepower. Susan ran a 9.11 at 149.97 MPH in a ¼ mile. In the NMRA Series Roush-McClenaghan qualified 1st, 5 out of 6 races by reacting 3 times with .000 lights (perfect) and wining 2 times with one runner up. Teammate Donnie Bowles who won the overall championship in 2012, and was runner up to championship winner Roush-McClenaghan in 2013, showing the dominance of the Roush Drag Team and it’s fuel of choice, propane.

The 2014 Drag Racing Season is Just Around the Corner:
The 2014 schedule is out and is sure to be another exciting season! Which race will you be in attendance to watch the Roush team win?

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