Courtesy of PMRA, Quick 32 and PBSS
PORT COQUITLAM, BC – The Pro Modified Racing Association, the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, and the Pro Bike & Sled Series will once again be able to provide a strong and professional presence at event race tracks through the support of Impact Canopies Inc., the Preferred Canopy Supplier to the three drag race series.
“We greatly appreciate the support from Impact Canopies,” noted Bruce Mehlenbacher, Director of Operations for the three series. “Not only does Impact provide a first-class canopy shelter for our operations staff during race weekends, it also provides us with high visibility and instant recognition.”
Based just outside of Vancouver, BC, Impact Canopies has several locations throughout North America catering to groups in sporting, cultural, and charity events. Its involvement with the PMRA, the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, and the PBSS is its first venture into the motorsport world.
Courtesy of Quick 32
BUFFALO, NY – Dan Flanigan is one happy man these days. The Buffalo resident recently acquired a three-year sponsorship commitment for his Top Sportsman team in the Quick 32 Sportsman Series presented by NAPA Auto Parts.
“We just signed a three-year deal with NOCO Energy Corporation,” Flanigan said. “Everything went really well. This means a new truck, new trailer, and new uniforms.”
The driver of the Flanigan Racing Team 2002 Pontiac Firebird plans to compete in all the Quick 32 Sportsman Series events, and added the team just finished building the engine for the car.
“It’s a 632-cubic inch big block,” he said. “We’ve had it freshened up by Mike Janis, and we’re ready to go.
Courtesy of ADRL
With the agreement, SEF will be used exclusively by ADRL’s Safety and Track Prep crews in their portable gas-powered equipment. SEF will receive brand exposure at ADRL race sites and also be featured on the ADRL’s live event webcasts.
“We’re pleased to have SEF named the Official Small Engine Fuel of ADRL,” said Steve Scheidker, VP’s Director of Marketing. “Like many other operators of gas-powered tools, the ADRL’s crews have had to deal with the damage inflicted on their small engines by street gas containing ethanol.
Partnering with ADRL will help us build awareness for ethanol-free SEF as the best solution to that problem among race fans and other consumers.”
“ADRL places a top priority on safety,” ADRL Executive Vice President Jeff Fortune said. “When we’re preparing the racing surface or dealing with emergencies on the track, our equipment must start quickly and reliably. Whether it’s the Jaws of Life, generators or blowers, SEF will help ensure easier starts and dependable performance of all our gas-powered light equipment.”
Courtesy of Jegs
With big dollars on the line for four straight days, including first-prize paychecks of $10,000 on Thursday and Sunday and $20,000 on Friday and Saturday, the “Big Go of Bracket Racing” is sure to attract the largest stars in the sport.
“This is one of the biggest drag races of the year, no matter what you race,” said Troy Coughlin Jr., one of three JEGS-sponsored drivers competing at the event. “It would be a dream come true for me just to win one day of this thing because you would know you beat the best of the best. Heck, they can keep the check; I just want to win.”
Coughlin will be joined in the Team JEGS pit by his uncle Jeg Coughlin Jr., a five-time world champion, and Samantha Kenny, who is engaged to Jeg Jr. All three racers will pilot JEGS.com-themed dragsters at the event, with Jeg Jr. also running his distinctive JEGS Chevy II wagon.
Courtesy Mike Janis Racing
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.
Courtesy of Goodguys Racing
Sonoma, CA – Putting the finishing touches on their race day set up, the Goodguys Racing Team led by Marc Meadors unleashed the raw power of the “Pure Hell2” ’69 Camaro over the Memorial Day Weekend recording the quickest and fastest quarter-mile run for a door car at Infineon Raceway.
Starting out the test session with an on an off the throttle 6.24 @ 237mph (running a huge back half speed of 62mph), the team returned later in the afternoon to stop the clocks with a stunning 5.83 @ 247mph – by far the team’s best run in four years racing together. It was the first “door car” to ever record a sub-six second run at the vaunted track. The incremental times on the historic run included a .971 sixty foot reading followed by a 2.57 330’ time of and a 3.84/195mph half track clocking.
Courtesy of PMRA
And for 2011, he has continued with this trend, debuting a 1941 Willys Pro Modified.
With almost zero seat time in the new car, the three-time PMRA champ not only established a personal-best run, but qualified number one for the PMRA opener held recently at the Cayuga Dragway of Toronto Motorsports Park.
His qualifying pass of 5.953-seconds, 235.47 mph put him at the top of the ladder when the eliminations are held June 10-12 for the postponed race.