Elma, NY – After posting a semi-final finish two weeks ago at the 24th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals Mike Janis and his Aeroquip backed team have been busy attempting to learn all they can about their new US Transmission Quick Drive equipped B&J transmission.
“We’re running two cars this season and the only thing that’s the same between the two is the tranny set up,” said Mike Janis. “Every run we make we learn something. At the last GSA race we made some movement in our program and were able to take that to our other car. Now, I’m pretty confident that we can start to string some pretty good runs together and build from there,” added Janis.
Janis is quick to give credit for his new found performance to all that have helped with the transition from clutch to converter.
“Brian (Doan) and Mark Herbold of BDR have been a tremendous asset. Tony Eben from US Transmission Performance has given us a fantastic piece. LAT Racing Oils’ Danny Vaca really stepped up when it came to developing a totally new transmission fluid for us. His new tranny fluid runs cooler than anything we’ve come across. I can’t thank these guys enough for all their help. I just hope I can give them something in the way of a win soon,” said Janis.
Elma, NY – While his fellow Get Screened America Pro Mod Challenge competitors were competing earlier this month at the Vegas Strip, Mike Janis was back in Western New York tending to family health issues.
“Everyone seems to be OK right now but for a few weeks things got tense. I’m glad that things have stabilized right now and look forward to racing. Believe it or not the stress of racing will be relaxing this weekend,” said Janis.
In preparation for the O’Reilly Spring Nationals Janis and his Eaton Aeroquip team will head to Tulsa, OK to continue progress on their new torque converter set up. Brian Doan of BDR converters, Dave Flory of Probell Bellhousings and Mike Strasburg of B&J Transmissions have been very helpful with the conversion from clutch to converter.
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Washington, MO – Mike Janis picked up his new ADRL ride today at Andy McCoy’s shop in Washington, MO. The car features many state of the art innovations implemented by McCoy.
The wrap was designed by Justin Spencer of Competition Designs and applied in house at AMRC by Ryan McCoy.
The new Duster features the new Alan Johnson Performance Engineering 5300 Hemi.
Janis hopes to test the new combination prior to the ADRL 2011 season opening Car Safe Dragpalooza VII on March 25-26 in Houston, TX.
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Gainesville, FL – After nearly a week of testing prior to the 41st Tire Kingdom Gatornationals the Elma, NY team felt confident heading into Gainesville but with each run at the Gators their confidence began to wane.
Electrical gremlins plagued the team all weekend hampering their efforts to hone in on their new convertor set up.
“She’s showing super huge potential,” said crew chief Mike Janis Jr. “from the 60 to the 1/8 mile we’re right there with the best guys this weekend but for some reason she started dropping cylinders just passed the eight mile. Some of our timers didn’t work, other parts malfunctioned. It makes no sense.”
The team continues to learn their new convertor set up and feels the set up shows promise.
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Elma, NY– With the offseason behind them Mike Janis and his Elma, NY based team headed to Valdosta, GA for some pre-Gatornationals testing. The team spent three days testing several combinations in hopes of being able to run with the best the NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Series has to offer.
With the NHRA slowing down supercharger overdrive for the 2011 season from 20% over to 14% over the Janis team was forced to abandon their scheduled R&D program and adjust to the new rules.
“The off-season rule change hit us pretty hard. We had hoped to focus on cylinder head development and other areas but due to the rule change we had to scramble and change our focus. I know we don’t have the power to run with the turbo guys, but we have made some gains in the horsepower department and with a little consistency maybe we can have a shot,” said the team’s chief designer and fabricator, Kevin Peters.
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Elma, NY– Name a track; pick a race. From NASCAR to the Indy Car Series to the NHRA and the ADRL. Wherever the engines roar even louder than the crowd, Safety-Kleen is on the scene. Safety Kleen is the Official Trackside Environmental Service Provider for the biggest races in the world of motorsports and now Mike Janis Racing.
Mike Janis Racing joins Penske Racing, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, Kevin Harvick Inc., Richard Childress Racing, and other top motorsports teams as part of Safety-Kleen Motorsports.
Safety-Kleen Motorsports’ management team of Buddy Judy and Drew Patey assisted in the process of Mike Janis Racing joining Safety-Kleen Motorsports.
“We are pleased to have Mike and his crew as part of the Safety-Kleen Team, stated Judy. “We hope that our association with Mike Janis racing will help bring a greater awareness to Safety-Kleen’s product and service offering,” added Judy.
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Elma, NY– Mike Janis Racing is pleased to announce the addition of PROBELL bellhousings to its growing family of sponsors.
“Late last year at the PRI show I first became aware of PROBELL bellhousings and after speaking to their head of Product Development, Dave Flory, I was sold. I was further impressed when Dave delivered our new bellhousings himself. He really feels strongly about his product and that means a lot to me. I’m honored to have PROBELL on my team,” said team owner/driver, Mike Janis.
Crew Chief, Mike Janis Jr., feels PROBELL bellhousings new lightweight hybrid bellhousings offer a significant advantage over other bellhousings while offering racers a new option. “The new hybrid series offers all classes of racers an option from expensive titanium and crack prone aluminum. PROBELL has come up with a design that offers world class performance at a cost effective price. We are proud to have them on our team,” said Mike Jr.