Group plans movie about iconic Plymouth Superbird made famous by Richard Petty

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How many of you remember the iconic Superbird, the unique version of the Dodge Charger Daytona and its sister car, the Plymouth Road Runner Superbird, that Richard Petty made famous in NASCAR in 1970, going on to win 18 races that season?

With the huge spoiler that rose about two feet above the trunk lid and a massive 426-cubic-inch Hemi engine under the hood, the Superbird was unlike any race car NASCAR has ever seen – and likely will ever see again.

Borrowing a page from the Reddit/Dogecoin crowdfunding for Josh Wise’s car in Sprint Cup, now comes a report from Hooniverse.com that a group of producers and obviously die-hard gearheads are attempting to raise money also through crowdfunding to make a movie about the fabled ‘Bird.

The tentative working title for the movie is quite appropriate: “Winged Warriors.”

The producers are trying to raise enough money through an initiative on KickStarter.com to not only make the film, but also to build or buy several replica cars, including the original Dodge No. 88 Daytona test car that spawned the Superbird, as well as Petty’s No. 43 Plymouth Superbird, James Hylton’s No. 48 Dodge Charger and the No. 99 Dodge Charger Daytona owned by Charlie Glotzbach and Richard Brickhouse.

Kickstarter will be the first of two fundraising efforts, according to Hooniverse, with a goal of $462,000, of which nearly $275,000 will be designated for building or purchasing eight variations of the Superbird.

The fundraising effort has some unique perks: If you pledge $10,000, you’ll get a brief speaking part in the movie and an executive producer credit.

Even those who can only afford $25, there’s a perk, as well: a DVD of the film and a poster.

The fundraising pledge effort kicked off June 1, but admittedly is going slowly: As of 7 pm ET Saturday, producers had raised just under $14,000, or about three percent of their goal. The fundraising effort continues until June 30.

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MRTI: pre-season testing Day 3 notebook

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Day 3 of pre-season testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway saw the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda continue testing for the second day in a row, with each series completing three sessions on what was their final day of running.

Quick reports on both series are below.

Pro Mazda: Cunha Surges to the Front

While Saturday saw Pro Mazda newcomers like Oliver Askew, Parker Thompson, and Rinus VeeKey lead the way, Sunday saw a pair of second-year Pro Mazda drivers take their turns at the top of the speed charts. In the combined results, Juncos Racing’s Carlos Cunha turned the fastest lap of the final session, also good enough to be the outright fastest lap of the weekend, taking advantage of a fresh set of Cooper Tires to do so.

“I’m really happy, Juncos Racing is an amazing team,” Cunha said of the team’s performance. “On track, we are always improving, never going backwards and that’s very good. We have tested a lot but we still need to learn a lot about the car, though we are almost to a perfect setup. The team has given me everything I need to be comfortable inside the car, to know what the car needs, and to know what I need to be a better driver. We have time to improve and we are moving forward quickly.”

Fellow sophomore driver Sting Ray Robb, now with Team Pelfrey, was right behind Cunha in second.

Combined results across both Saturday and Sunday can be found here.

USF2000: Kirkwood, Cape Motorsports Stay On Top of Deep USF2000 Field

New Cape Motorsports driver Kyle Kirkwood, who topped Session 2 on Saturday, stayed on top of the combined speed charts across the weekend on the strength of his best lap from Session 3 of the weekend on Saturday.

Pabst Racing’s Rasmus Lindh was right behind Kirkwood, on the strength of his quick lap from Session 1.

However, Sunday’s running saw a different driver assert his authority, with Kaylen Frederick, Lindh’s teammate at Pabst, turning the fastest lap during the final session.

Frederick ended up fourth in the combined results, which can be viewed here.

The Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires will take to the Homestead-Miami road course on Monday for the final day of testing for the Mazda Road to Indy.

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