NHRA: Jim Dunn Racing names John Hale to replace Jeff Arend as driver of its Funny Car in 2015

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Less than a month before the start of the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, Jim Dunn Racing announced that it will have a new driver behind the wheel of its Funny Car, according to NHRA.com.

John Hale, a Texas native, will replace Jeff Arend behind the wheel of the 8,000-horsepower Nitro Funny Car. Arend drove for JDR the last two seasons.

“Our goal is to go out and do the best we can for our sponsors and fans, while making it into the Countdown to the Championship,” team business manager Jon Dunn said in a media release. “We’re looking forward to having John Hale behind the wheel to help us achieve those goals.”

Jon Dunn is son of team founder Jim Dunn and brother of ESPN drag racing analyst and former driver Mike Dunn.

Hale earned his Funny Car license in 2013 and appeared in several national events that season and in 2014. He’s a former two-time Nostalgia Funny Car champion and has competed the last few years on the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage series.

“When the Dunns approached me to drive for them in the 2015 season, I knew it was an opportunity I had to take,” Hale said. “The Dunns run a tight, family-based operation, and that’s something I’m really excited to be part of.

“When I’m at home or on the road with my nostalgia team, we are a family. All I know how to do is race with family.”

JDR plans on competing in all 24 NHRA national events. The season begins Feb. 5-8 with the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif.

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