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Mike Janis

Janis Pulling Double Duty at Speedtech U.S. Drags IV

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Elma, NY – Over the past ten years or so Mike Janis has become a household name when it comes to fast door slammers; he has won in both legal and outlaw trim but, this weekend he’ll try to do both at the same event.

 The ADRL has added legal Pro Mods to their U.S. Drags schedule in Dinwiddie, VA as an exhibition class. With the recent success of the addition of the Top Sportsman category legal Pro Mod racers hope the ADRL will give them another place to play.

 “It’ll be tough, running both cars at one event but with the help of the AJPE guys on the Duster I think we can make it work,” said Janis. “We’ve run two cars out of our camp before but always with another driver and another crew. This will be the first time we do this with one driver and crew for two cars. Luckily we have a little help when it comes to the Pro Extreme Duster from AJPE. I’m really excited to see what our Eaton Aeroquip Mustang does on an ADRL track. Having another venue to run the legal car is a huge plus for not only us racers; but the fans and our sponsors will also benifit,” said Janis.

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Jan-Cen Eager for Action at Team Ford Drive One Summer Drags VII

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Elma, NY – It’s been three weeks since Mike Janis has made a pass down a drag strip. It’s the longest break of the season for the veteran engine builder from Lancaster, NY and as far as his team is concerned it’s been too long.

“It’s weird. We have been so busy running two cars this year that a break no matter how short seems like forever. We’ve been in GO mode all year and while this short break was well needed it’s great to be heading back to the track,” said team owner/driver, Mike Janis.

The last time Janis took a trip down a drag strip was a scheduled test session after the NHRA Norwalk event.  Alan Johnson Performance Engineering’s Alan Johnson and Terry Morrow wanted to gain further data on their new 5300 engine that Janis is running.

“We are very lucky to be working with Alan, Terry and Rick. This has been a great experience for us and I think our latest test session has us moving closer to using the full potential of the new AJPE 5300. This engine, along with the chassis from Andy McCoy has us very excited,” said Mike Janis.

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Tough Weekend for Janis in Ohio

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Photos By:  Mike Janis Racing

Elma, NY– The old saying “If it wasn’t for bad luck I’d have none at all” definitely fits Mike Janis’ 2011 Norwalk experience. The trying weekend began on Wednesday before the event when Janis and Co- Crew Chief, Kevin Peters, found themselves with a blown out tire and broken leaf spring on the team’s trailer. Luckily they had all the parts needed in the trailer. So, in the wee hours of the morning and on the side of a highway Janis and Peters fired up the generator and completed the repairs themselves.

Once at the track the bad luck followed the team into Friday when all racing was cancelled due to rain leaving two runs on Saturday to get into the show. On his first run Janis pedaled his Eaton Aeroquip Mustang to a 6.13 elapsed time. In the second session Janis’s bad luck continued when he was plagued by parts failure slowing him to a 6.22 leaving him to sweat out the rest of qualifying. Luckily the previous 6.13 run held up leaving Janis in the 16th qualifying spot.

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Janis Looking Forward to Homecoming of Sorts at Norwalk

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Photos By Roger Richards (2000)

Elma, NY– The recent performance of Mike Janis and his Eaton Aeroquip Mustang has many in his home area of Western New York looking forward to attending this weekend’s 5th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio.

“Of all the NHRA tracks we run at I would say I’ve raced at Norwalk the most. I’ve been running there for… gosh several decades,” laughed Janis. “Norwalk is the closest national event track for us, just three and a half hours from our shop, Jan-Cen Motorsports in Elma, NY.”

“It’s been a busy week back at the shop. People have been coming in to the shop all week telling us that they have been watching what we have been doing and that they are going to Norwalk to cheer us on. My Mom, sister and brothers are coming along with other family members and friends. It’s going to be a busy weekend in our Pit area,” added Janis.

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Janis Hopes Recent Performance Will Aid the Search for New Marketing Partners

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Photos By Johan Lindberg  

Elma, NY– In the last three races Mike Janis and his Eaton Aeroquip backed team has begun their climb up the point’s ladder. The Elma, NY based team has seemingly found the consistency that all drag race teams look for.

“We have made some very good progress these last three or four races. We have a unique combination that no one else out here is running so we are forced to learn from our own mistakes. Our converter program has helped us not just behind the bellhousing but in front of it. It has forced us to look at things that we never paid much attention to in the past.  We are going for the Championship. Hopefully we can keep going rounds and make enough noise for people to want to become marketing partners with our team; it’s getting rough out here fighting the bigger teams.” We are looking for partners this year and especially major and associate sponsors for the 2012 season, added Janis.

While the new torque converter program that Janis is running may have helped the team find consistency it has also helped award them with a 75 pound weight penalty. The NHRA has implemented a new rule adding 75 pounds to any vehicle in Pro Mod competition utilizing a torque converter. This will once again force the Janis team to learn what their combination will teach them.

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Janis Takes Runner- Up Honors at NHRA SuperNationals

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Photos By: Allen Dobbs

Englishtown, NJ – Mike Janis is about as old’ school a racer as they come. Janis has raced nearly his entire life, following in the footsteps of his father, James Janis Sr. Since his childhood just outside of Buffalo, NY Janis has done nothing but dream of the moment he can lift a Wally in victory. This weekend the Lancaster, NY engine builder came oh, so close. (The Wally is the trophy awarded to winners of an NHRA national event. While the trophy is named after NHRA founder Wally Parks, the Wally trophy does not feature Parks himself, but is rather modeled after Top Gas racer Jack Jones.)

Janis started his run to the NHRA Get Screened America Pro Modified finals on Friday with an impressive qualifying lap of 5.837 at 246.57 miles per hour, a personal best for Janis. From there the team felt they had a good hold on the fast Englishtown surface.

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Janis’ Eaton Aeroquip Team Look to Englishtown for First NHRA Victory

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Photos By Lori Smith

Elma, NY – Mike Janis sits second in all time wins for Pro Modified, but that’s on the IHRA’s list, not where it counts on the NHRA’s list. Janis who once dominated the Pro Modified division has yet to score an NHRA Wally but, after recent performances Janis and his Elma, NY based team are looking forward to this weekend’s 42nd NHRA SuperNationals in Englishtown, NJ with confidence.

“Our numbers have improved but our consistency is still lacking. We know that we have a fantastic combination here both in front of and behind the Pro Bell bellhousing”, said Co-Crew Chief Kevin Peters. “We just need a little luck on our side. While many of the parts we use on our car are still in the R&D phase for our customers at Jan-Cen it’s the PROVEN parts that have been costing us,” added Peters.

Peters is referring to the last two events where parts attrition kept the team from advancing. In round one in Atlanta driver and team owner Mike Janis lost with a 6.09 to a 6.01 while running most of the lap on only seven cylinders. In Houston Janis looked to be rolling to his first win when in the semi-finals parts failure again cost the team. Now heading to E-town Mike Janis Jr. is hoping to get by with a little help from some friends.

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