The 40 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Gen-6 racecars lapping Pocono Raceway last weekend weren’t the only 800-horsepower vehicles tackling The Tricky Triangle.
“Jack,” a custom-built, all-wheel drive, mega crew cab Mack pickup truck, led the ceremonial laps at the Pennsylvania 400. Named in honor of one of Mack Trucks’ founders, John (Jack) M. Mack, the one-of-a-kind truck is based on a Mack Granite model.
“Jack is not only a celebration of our rich history, but also a demonstration of the high level of customization we’re capable of at our Customer Adaptation Center,” said John Walsh, Mack vice president of global marketing and brand management. “Customers with specialized applications know they can count on Mack and our center to deliver the trucks that meet their most unique challenges.”
The center, located within Mack’s Lehigh Valley Operations assembly plant in Macungie, Pa., customizes Mack trucks for customers whose needs go beyond typical factory options. Jack rolled off the assembly line on Oct. 27, 2015, the 151st birthday of Jack Mack. The chassis was then moved to the center to receive its modifications and custom fabrication work. Among Jack’s unique features are:
- A specially tuned, hand-built 13-liter Mack MP8 with 800 horsepower and 2,800 pounds-feet of torque
- Custom-fabricated mega crew cab body and pickup bed
- 46-inch tires mounted on custom wheels
- All-wheel drive
- Custom 8-inch dual exhaust
- Back-up and side-view cameras
- Touchscreen infotainment system
- 3D-printed “Jack” nameplates modeled on founder Jack Mack’s signature
- 16,000-pound winch
Jack wasn’t the only Mack truck at Pocono Raceway. A fleet of custom-spec’d Mack Pinnacle sleeper models delivered critical NASCAR technology and equipment required for the race. Earlier this year, Mack and NASCAR signed a multi-year agreement designating Mack as the “Official Hauler of NASCAR.” NASCAR’s 10 Mack models log thousands of miles between racetracks, helping make every stop on the 36-race, 10-month long season a success.
“Having Jack and our Mack NASCAR trucks at Pocono Raceway is as close to a homecoming as we can get, with our Lehigh Valley Operations just an hour away,” Walsh said. “We hope the fans enjoyed seeing Jack, and we thank our friends at Pocono Raceway and NASCAR for helping make this weekend possible.”