Gulf Oil Drag Racing to the US

The Gulf Oil Dragracing team are pleased to announce that they are to compete in the 2017 USA National Dragbike Championship. Following a collaboration proposal from California based John and Dea Morgan Racing alongside additional support from long time dragbike racing benefactor Joe Koenig of Trim Tex and a number of individual supporters the team were able to commit to compete in all five rounds of the Manufacturers Cup series.

2016 was a momentous year for the Gulf Oil Drag Racing team. Another record setting 10th FIM European Championship was won, and in doing so Team Principal and rider Ian King became the most successful rider in European drag bike racing history by accumulating more championship points of any rider in any class over the two decades since he began competing in the championship. At the end of the season he diversified his sporting focus by using the very same championship winning machine for a successful attempt to set a new FIM World Land Speed Record on a track and in conditions totally at odds with the environment in which he had been so successful over his ten European drag racing championships.

Following his successful one off race in the 2014 USA National Championship opening round where he not only won the event but became the final and permanent member of the prestigious MTC Top Fuel 5 Second Club, invitations to race the entire USA National Championship by the organizers and the hopes and desires of his many fans across the globe were compelling and so he and his team have been working on a program to see if Ian could become the first European rider to do so since the late Brian Johnson more than three decades ago.

Following the decision to ship his operation to the US Ian said: "We are so much looking forward to this, we have such good friends in our class, fans across the world and awesome sponsors that we owe it to them to take part in an all new challenge. We would like to thank Gulf Oil, John and Deanna Morgan, Joe Koenig, Dave Vantine, Ivan Sansom & Rose Hughes, Mark Rendeluk, Ed Kelly, Scott Perri Roethemeier, John Stein, Frank Moya, the Maddox family, Sam Green, Neil Baskerville, Tamre Martin and Jay Regan & Dave Schnitz of MFC alongside our fantastic technical partners who have stepped up far and beyond the call of duty to make it happen".   

Spring Cup - Valdosta, Georgia, April 7th-9th

Memphis Internationals - Memphis, Tennessee - June 3rd-4th MTC Nationals - Galot Motorsports Park, North Carolina - July 15th-16th
Rock - Rockingham Dragway, North Carolina - September 23rd-24th
World Finals - Valdosta, Georgia, November 17th-19th

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The Gulf Oil Dragracing team uses and endorses exclusively Gulf Oil greases and lubricants in their history making machine. The team is extremely proud to be supported by many leaders in their chosen markets in their participation in the 2017 USA National Championship:-

APE – The world’s most innovative manufacturer of aftermarket parts for dragbikes
BELL HELMETS (UK) - The most iconic name in helmets – since 1954
COMETIC GASKETS - The premier manufacturer of racing gaskets
DRIFT INNOVATION - Europe’s leading source for action sports cameras
Gates – The world’s most trusted name in drive belts, hoses and hydraulics.
Goodridge UK – The original and the best in fluid transfer systems.
GRAND PRIX ORIGINALS - The brand for drive and lifestyle, past and present
GULF OIL INTERNATIONAL - The world’s most iconic brand in automotive fuels and lubricants
GRAPHITE ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING - A leader in 3D printed technologies and rapid prototypin
HOTROD HANGAR – Home of the world renowned custom artist Knud Tiroch
HYPERPRO - The leading producer of progressive suspension products for motor bikes
JE Pistons - The world's premier manufacturer of high performance forged pistons
JOHN AND DEA MORGAN RACING – The creators of the world’s most advanced New Age Funnybike
Kibblewhite Precision Machining, Inc. - the highest quality valve train components on the market.
KING RACING – The most successful Top Fuel Bike team in European Dragracing history
Mickey Thompson – Simply the best drag race tyres in the world bar none.
MRE – Leaders in trackside support for drag race components and air shifting systems
MTC ENGINEERING - Manufacturer of clutches for the fastest motorcycles in the world
NitroShutter – The combined efforts of ace photojournalists Ivan Sansom and Rose Hughes
NCTENGINEERING - Manufacturer of the world’s leading non contact torque sensors for motorsport
NGK SPARKPLUGS UK – The world’s number one spark plug manufacturer
PAR WILLEN – Master webmeister and proprietor of
Portable Shade - The best custom branded collapsible canopies available
Pro Alloy – UK’s leader in fabrication of alloy racing tanks, intercoolers and radiators.
SCHNITZ RACING - Offering the latest in Motorcycle Performance Products for today's sportsbikes
TRIM TEX - The premier manufacturer of vinyl drywall beads & accessories TRYKA LED - the UK’s cutting edge LED lighting manufacturer.
VAN ES MOBILITY – The leading manufacturer of telematic products for management of moving objects
VANSON LEATHERS - The most iconic brand in motorsport leather goods
WEB CAMSHAFTS INC - Simply THE company for Top Fuel Bike camshafts
Worldwide Bearings – The premier source for high performance ceramic bearings
Zodiac – Europe’s largest supplier of performance and aftermarket HD parts.

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