Cannon To StratusDon Schumacher team driver and former Pro Modified-class superstar Scotty Cannon has joined his racing stablemates, Whit Bazemore and Gary Scelzi, in switching to Dodge Stratus R/T-bodied Funny Car. Designed by Roush Racing, Cannon's Dodge Stratus, which is sponsored by Oakley, made its debut during NHRA's Lucas Oil Keystone Nationals. Cannon's new Stratus body is of a much stronger and lighter carbon fiber than previous versions, which Cannon feels will make a big difference in his racing future.

"The Dodge should help us all the way around," said Cannon. "We know the Stratus design is fast already because we've seen Scelzi and Whit run record speeds all season. We are excited about putting this body together with our new chassis. I think it will move us right up there."

EventsJanuary 8-11-Colorado Springs, CO: Advanced Engine Technology Conference. Topics include airflow combustion, finding 1hp in testing, bore distortion, and wet flow-bench. The insight and knowledge gained from a weekend at this conference will drive you to come back every year. Info: 866/893-2382; www.aetconline.com

March 13-Tampa, FL: West Coast Mopar Club Show and Swap. FMA Points Show. Over 110 trophies awarded. Participants' Choice top 20 cars. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Trophies awarded 3 p.m. Mail pre-registrations by February 14. Info: Mike Volpe, 813/963-6105; Frank Borge, 727/ 584-1210.

March 28-30-Las Vegas, NV: Mopars at the Strip. Event promises to be one of the premier events west of the Mississippi. Racing, car show, and swap meet. Bring your Jeep for the off-road poker run and your diesel Dodge pickup for the dyno pull-off. Petty driving experience will be open. Info: 702/256-8254; www.moparsatthestrip.com.

April 24-Mobile, AL: 9th Annual Mopar's at the Battleship Show and Swap Meet. Exit 30 off I-10 Battleship Parkway. Dash Plaques, 50/50 drawing, vendors, swap meet, and car corral. FREE. Info: Larry Jordan, 251/653-5154; Wayne Hightower, 251/653-1071; Johnny Burge, 251/666-0080; www.SouthernMopar.org

August 13-15-Columbus, OH: 24th Annual Mopar Nationals. Held at National Trail Raceway. This is the second "full" weekend in August, which has been the traditional weekend of the Mopar Nationals event. It's not just a car show-it's the 24th Annual Mopar Nationals!

September 11-Petoskey, MI: 11th annual Mopars by the Bay car show. Food, games, door prizes, goody bags, 22 show-car classes and vendor space, swap-meet space, car-corral space. On the 10th there will be a cookout from 6-8 p.m. Info: Erik Brown at Brown Motors, Inc.Chrysler/Dodge dealer, 1922 Harbor Petoskey Rd, Petoskey, MI 49770; 231/439-9669; FAX: 231/4393687;erikbrown@brownmotors.com

September 12-West Palm Beach, FL: The 2004 Arrigo Dodgeland Mopar show and swap meet held at Moroso Motorsports Park. Racing action, as Mopars battle it out and the Mopar winners challenge other brands in their class. Show and shine with trophies awarded and a swap meet. Info: Moroso Motorsports Park, 561/622-1400; morosomotorsportspark.com