Eight-time FIA Pro Stock champion Jimmy Alund announced a multi-race sponsorship with Summit Racing Equipment in pursuit of his historic ninth FIA Pro Stock championship.

Alund filled in for Team Summit NHRA Pro Stock driver Greg Anderson in his Summit Racing Camaro for the first five races of the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series while Anderson recovered from heart surgery. Alund capped off his short NHRA run with a win at the 5th annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway, becoming the first European driver to win a Wally in an NHRA professional class.

Swedish Drag Race Driver Jimmy Alund in Pro Stock Camaro at Santa Pod Raceway
(Image/Glynn Dennis)

“I am stunned, these positive hits from Summit Racing keep coming,” Alund said. “When the Summit pro stock racing team asked me to drive one of their cars it took me by complete surprise and last week [Summit Racing] called and politely asked if I would accept an associate sponsorship for 2014.”

“The 2014 season has been a dream so far and to get to drive for such a legendary team sponsored by the finest business in the industry is a great honor,” he said. “Add to that a sponsorship from Summit Racing for the European racing season…I’m at a loss for words.”

“Jimmy Alund filled in for Team Summit’s Greg Anderson while the four-time NHRA Pro Stock champion recovered from heart surgery at the start of the 2014 season. Greg’s are big shoes to fill; and fill them Jimmy did, taking his first NHRA win in Charlotte, NC at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in April. Summit Racing is very excited to extend the relationship as Jimmy competes in the 2014 FIA Drag Race Series in Europe,” said Jim Greenleaf, Summit Racing’s Motorsports and Event Manager. “We’ve learned that the eight-time FIA Pro Stock Champion is very interested in American muscle cars. It’s a great fit!”

The first race of the 2014 FIA Pro Stock Drag Racing Championship series is The Main Event held at the historic drag strip at Santa Pod in the United Kingdom. Qualifying starts May 24.