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Eaton Aeroquip Pro Mod Team Looking to Vegas for Strong Finish

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Photos By Allen Dobbs

Elma, NY– The 11th annual NHRA Big O Tire Nationals marks the final race of the 2011 NHRA Pro Mod season; with veteran Mike Janis still looking for his first NHRA Pro Mod win the New York based team is sure to go for broke.

“We ran the ADRL Dallas event last weekend and the car was running very well. I think if the conditions favor us we have a decent shot as long as we can stay away from the turbo cars. No one really has a chance against them, but it sure would be nice to head back to Buffalo for the long winter with a Wally in tow,” said Janis.

Janis is refereeing to the late season dominance shown by cars using Turbochargers as the power adder. Turbocharged vehicles have won the last two events and set the national top speed record.

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Janis Team Headed For “Big D”

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Photo By  Roger Richards

Elma, NY– Dallas is the final stop on the 2011 ADRL tour and Pro Mod and Pro Extreme driver Mike Janis is looking to wrap the 2011 ADRL season up with a win… or two.

Janis, who competes in two ADRL professional classes, is looking to add to his single win this season. Janis won this inaugural ADRL Pro Modified event earlier this season in Virginia. The Janis team will enter their Andy McCoy built 70’ Duster in the Pro Extreme class and their Aeroquip backed Mustang in the Pro Modified class for the LenMar Nationals.

The LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals VII takes place on Oct. 21-23 at Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas. It is the final race of the 2011 season in the American Drag Racing League (ADRL), and the final race to earn points for a 2011 world championship.

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Janis Looking for Two in a Row at ADRL’s Ohio Drags V

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Elma, NY – Last month Mike Janis wheeled his Eaton Aeroquip backed Pro Modified Mustang to the winner’s circle in the new legal Pro Mod class at the ADRL Speedtech U.S. Drags IV. This weekend he’ll look to be the new classes first two time winner as well as a double class winner, while running in Pro Modified and Pro Extreme in his Jan-Cen/AJPE Duster.

“Getting back to the winner’s circle in Virginia was great,” said team owner/driver, Mike Janis. “We love the ADRL format and the ability to run two classes. I could think of nothing better than winning in both classes at a race so close to home,” added Janis.

Summit Raceway Park in Norwalk, Ohio is just under four hours from Janis’ Elma, NY shop. Many of Janis’ friends, family, and fans from Western New York are expected to be making the trip to cheer on Janis and his team.

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Janis Team Continues Up Hill Battle in Pro Mod

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Photo by Mike Janis Racing

Elma, NY– For just over a decade Mike Janis has massaged as much power as possible out of his Supercharged Alcohol burning power plants. He has become one of the elite engine builders in the world but, fighting with one hand behind your back is never easy, no matter how hard you work.

Prior to this season the NHRA tech department adjusted the rules in the Pro Modified division. Nitrous cars were given an open rule book, Turbo cars had their turbo’s downsized from 91 mm to 88 mm, and the supercharged cars had their supercharger overdrive knocked from 20% over down to 14.55. The saving grace for Janis, after studying the rule book, was a 75 lb weight reduction for converter driven cars.

When the season began it was evident that the supercharged combination was at a disadvantage, but Janis was still able to post good numbers with his new converter driven Pro Mod. The top running turbo cars were also running converters and pushing the 260 mph barrier. On June 8th an effort to “maintain parity” the NHRA then placed the 75 lbs back on all converter driven cars. This rule became known amongst Pro Mod circles as the Janis rule; because the only one effected by the rule was Mike Janis.

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From The Big GO to ADRL’s Big Show Janis Team Looking for an Edge

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Photos by Roger Richards

Elma, NY – Pro Mod and Pro Extreme driver Mike Janis has always tried to stay at the top of his craft through innovation. A prime example would be the latest induction system the team tried at the NHRA U.S. Nationals this past week.  Another is the unique engine combination which they are running this ADRL season.

The engine they are running is from Alan Johnson Performance Engineering.

It is a big bore-short stoke combination running 531 cubic inches. The five three hundred bore space combination has the capabilities of being pushed to 700 inches.

The Jan-Cen team has been working alongside Terry Morrow of AJPE putting the new power plant through its paces this season and it too will have a new look when the team hits Rockingham.

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Janis Team Ready for the Big GO!

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Photos by Roger Richards

Elma, NY– When Mike Janis rolls his Eaton Aeroquip backed Pro Modified Mustang out of the trailer at the 57th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Indiana it is sure to turn a lot of heads among Pro Mod racers and fans.

With its roots firmly entrenched in memorable vehicles like “The Bug”, Gary Ormsby’s Streamliner, Garlits’ “Swap Rats” and countless other examples drag racing was once the motorsport of “backyard engineering” and Indy was the place to bring your latest creations.

Indy was the race where innovations were abundant, every backyard engineer re-engineered the wheel and came to Indy to shake up the world but in recent years Indy has become less about innovation and more about marketing. Indy, in recent years, has become the place to unveil a new sponsor or paint scheme rather than the place to unveil a new combination. Pro Modified driver, Mike Janis remembers what is special about Indy and this year will debut a radical new design sure to cause a buzz.

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Janis Wins First Ever ADRL Pro Mod Trophy at ADRL Speedtech U.S. Drags IV

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Dinwiddie, VA – Since its inception in 2004 the ADRL has been about Outlaw Door slammers. No rules but safety and a run what ya brung attitude helped make the ADRL the most popular new drag racing sanctioning body in over 30 years. This weekend the formula changed when the ADRL debuted a new legal Pro Mod class at the ADRL Speedtech U.S. Drags IV.

Team owner and driver, Mike Janis took advantage of the new Pro Mod class and brought along his NHRA legal Pro Mod along with his Outlaw Pro Extreme ride. “It was a no brainer to bring a second car,” said Janis. Our hauler is set up for it and we were coming here with the AJPE equipped Duster anyway. My initial reaction was that it would be a good way to test the Mustang before Indy but once the weekend got going it was about winning”.

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