A partnership with Ford Racing Parts stemming from the crate engine program and Cobra Jet program have Holbrook using the CJ platform as his rolling testbed of sorts.
“We do a lot of work with Ford Racing Parts, research and development work mostly with their crate engines. When Ford first came out with the Cobra Jets with the pushrod engines [ed note. – the 352 and 428CI engines] back in 2010, we originally designed and built those engines for Ford Racing. They built the cars, and then the engines went into the guide for NHRA to be factored for Stock and Super Stock competition. We purchased a Cobra Jet at that time to stay involved, and figured if we were doing the engines we might as well get a car and campaign it,” Chris explains.
As a young boy, Chris Holbrook learned the sport of drag racing through the guiding hands, eyes, and mind of his father, legendary Ford Super Stock drag racer Carl Holbrook. Carl started racing dirt modified cars in 1963 — just three years before Chris was born – and as soon as he was able to hold a wrench, the indoctrination into the racing world began for the youngster.
Carl Holbrook, spent decades of shattering drag racing records and claiming National victories himself, maintained a long-standing relationship with Ford. The start of Carl’s racing career began in 1963 where he befriended Chuck Watson, Sr., who founded Watson Engineering and now Watson Racing.
In 2013, Chris Holbrook teamed with Watson Racing to produce the quickest and fastest production car in drag racing history. Holbrook’s supercharged ’13 Cobra Jet clocked a record 8.504 seconds at 160.68 miles per hour, and later in the season, emerged victorious at the NHRA’s oldest and most prestigious event, the 59th annual U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, Indiana.
In 2014, Holbrook and Watson embarked on a mission to win even more races, while making a bold statement using the new ’14 CJ to compete in the NHRA’s Super Stock Eliminator. The Watson-built Ford utilized a Holbrook-built supercharged 5.0L Coyote engine coupled to a five-speed manual transmission. Chris received a triple wally Thursday and the Watson/Holbrook car build received the NHRA 2014 “Best Engineered” award.
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HOLBROOK AND WATSON RACING COBRA JET READY FOR 2015 COMPETITION
In anticipation of record breaking performance Watson Racing have updated Holbrook’s Factory Showdown NHRA Stocker with a new 7.50 ET certified cage, indicating that we can expect 2015 passes that dip below the 8.50 elapsed times we saw in 2014. Holbrook had this to say, “The competition in NHRA Factory Showdown has been fierce and we need to stay a step ahead, updating the cage certification ensures we have room to go faster if we need it. We’re preparing for the start of the season finding horsepower for ourselves and our customers. Our goal is to put Holbrook Racing Engines and Watson Racing in the winner’s circle every chance we get.”