UNION, SC – Trevor Eman and the Aruba.com team just took delivery of a new Jerry Haas-built 2018 Mustang. This will be the first major update for the team since they debuted their 2011 Mustang seven years ago. The new Mustang will be equipped with their tried and true Jon Kaase Ford power.
“The car is beautiful,” stated team owner Ven Eman. “It’s difficult to say, but it’s even more beautiful than the other one. It’s really nice. It looks fast and it should be more aerodynamic.”
The Aruba.com Team has historically had some of the most eye-catching rides in drag racing and this Mustang is no different. It personifies the Emans’ island paradise home with vibrant colors depicting deep blue waters with palm trees set against a sunset backdrop. The car serves as a rolling billboard for a dream vacation.
The Emans flew in from Aruba to the team race shop in Union, South Carolina to take delivery of the new Mustang this week, and the team got to work right away, fitting Trevor for the car and making final preparations just in time to test locally this weekend.
Beyond their on-track performance, Team Aruba is often known for their friendly faces and welcoming pit area. Their hospitality speaks to their generous nature. When given the opportunity to show kindness, the Eman family and Team Aruba crew jump on the chance. So when they met a family near their shop in Union, S.C. and got to know their story of raising an autistic child, Team Aruba jumped into action.
“When we saw firsthand that it is no easy task,” told Trevor Eman. “We wanted to offer a helping hand where we could.”
Team Aruba prominently placed an Autism Speaks (www.autismspeaks.org) decal on their car, set up a unique donation box, made from an old intake manifold, and became spokespeople at races and other events.
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.