ORANJESTAD, Aruba – Team Aruba has proven themselves a consistent top five finisher in PDRA Extreme Pro Stock. This year was no different as Trevor Eman and the Aruba.com Mustang stand in third place in national points standings. Team Aruba had a win, a runner up, and a semi-final finish to their credit this season.
“First and foremost, we are very grateful for the support of our partners, Aruba Tourism Authority and Aruba Airport Authority,” thanked Eman. “I believe we have a very unique combination that allows us to a promote a product we all truly and dearly love, which is our island country, Aruba.”
Eman had a great season on and off the track. He and his wife welcomed their first child into the world. His daughter Elana was born in March.
NORTH DINWIDDIE, VA – The Professional Drag Racers Association has reached the end of its fourth season. This weekend’s World Finals at Virginia Motorsports Park is every team’s last chance to make their mark on the season.
Trevor Eman and the Aruba.com Extreme Pro Stock Mustang currently hold the number three spot in points. It’s been a great season for Team Aruba with a win at Darlington Dragway, followed by a runner up at Maryland International Raceway. They would like nothing more than to cap the season off with another win.
“We’re excited to be back here in Virginia chasing another 660 Man,” Eman said, referring to the PDRA national event trophies. “We would love to end our season with another win and keep up our standings in the points.
BENSON, NC – Last year’s PDRA Drag Wars was, simply, electrifying. This weekend’s event, held for the second consecutive year at GALOT Motorsports Park, is full of promise for the same incredible entertainment. Team Aruba is already on the grounds, taking advantage of the all-day test session PDRA offers on Thursday of every event.
Team Aruba and PDRA visited GALOT Motorsports Park in April of this year, as well, with Trevor Eman and the gang from Aruba taking the top qualifying spot in Extreme Pro Stock and pushing the Aruba.com Mustang all the way to the semi finals. Eman hopes the team can continue that success this weekend.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Team Aruba just completed the fifth stop on the 2017 PDRA Tour at the historic Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. The hot and humid condition made for a tough weekend for the Aruba.com Mustang. Despite qualifying a very respectable fourth with a 4.097 effort, Trevor Eman fell in round one to Matt Giangrande. Giangrande pulled out his best number of the weekend, a 4.184, enough for a narrow victory over Eman.
“We had a very disappointing weekend,” confessed Eman. “We had a good momentum through the first races of the year. Losing first round this race was unexpected. Our team worked hard all weekend to get the car down the track as fast as possible. On the Racepak computer everything looked the way it was supposed to. It almost seems like the Mustang didn’t have the energy this weekend in the poor weather conditions we were facing.”
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Professional Drag Racers Association has reached the halfway point in its fourth season. For the Extreme Pro Stock team from Aruba, it’s been a successful season thus far. This class itself has grown as it has found solidarity with the series and Trevor Eman and Team Aruba currently sit second in championship points standings.
The fifth stop on the 2017 tour is highly anticipated as it’s been held at one of the most historic drag racing facilities around the world. Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis is home to the legendary NHRA U.S. Nationals, and has been the site of celebrated moments for centuries. Now, Team Aruba is hoping to create unforgettable memories of their own in Indianapolis.
Budds Creek, MD – The Professional Drag Racers Association had a short break in between the Southern Extreme Nationals in South Carolina and the North South Shootout in Maryland. Team Aruba certainly hasn’t skipped a beat between the events, going to the pole at Maryland International Raceway after winning in Darlington. While there will still be one final qualifying session today, Trevor Eman’s 4.022 at 178.80, recorded in the cool of Friday evening, will be hard to top.
“We struggled a little bit earlier in the day,” Eman said. “Unfortunately, we weren’t able to make any test runs yesterday, so we felt a little behind compared to everyone else. You get data to work off of whether you make a good run or bad run, so we had data to look at from Q1 and made the changes we thought were necessary to get down the track. I must admit I didn’t expect it to run a 4.02, but hey, we’ll take it.”
DARLINGTON, SC – The PDRA Spring Nationals at Darlington Dragway felt much more like summer, with air temperatures hovering around 90 degrees fahrenheit and track temps up to 150 degrees. Such conditions often makes it tricky to navigate the 660 feet of race track.
Trevor Eman and the Aruba.com team initially had trouble perfecting a hot weather setup that would get the Aruba.com Mustang down the surface that once gave birth to the first ever quarter-mile sanctioned run over 200 MPH by a doorslammer. What Bill Kuhlmann accomplished that day in 1987 in his Pro Stock machine seemed to fuel the Aruba.com team to push through the heat. They qualified fifth with a 4.099.
Being in the top half of the field certainly helped on race day, but Eman and team knew there were 15 heavy hitters in the field and no one would be an easy win. The team picked up the pace during eliminations, using a 4.092 to get past Dwayne Rice in round one, before slowing slightly to a 4.106 in round two. It was Eman’s reaction time advantage that would move the team into the semi finals. There he met Cary Goforth. These two met at the last event in the semi-finals. Goforth won that matchup, so in the Darlington heat Eman was ready for his revenge. Both drivers had incredible reaction times, but the Aruba.com team made all the right calls, picking up to a 4.085 to Goforth’s 4.109. Team Aruba would be going to their first final of the season.