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Performance Products: Winning with Aeroquip
Aeroquip Performance Products Help Four Drag Teams Win Big in 2004
Aeroquip Performance Products helped four drag racing teams win championship titles in the 2004 racing season.
Behind the wheels of dragsters equipped with Aeroquip Performance hose and fitting products were 2004 IHRA champions Rob Atchison—Funny Car, Mike Janis—Pro Modified, and Clay Millican—Top Fuel Dragster, and 2004 NDRA champion Ara Arslanian—Sport Compact.
Rare To Be Associated with Four Winners in Same Year
With Aeroquip Performance Products dominating the winner’s circle, Eaton is proud of its involvement with the IHRA and NHRA racing series, says Mike Manos, sales manager—Aeroquip Performance Products.
“It is rare for any performance products supplier to be associated with four winners in the same year,” Manos says.
“Eaton is proud to be directly involved with championship teams, which are proof that Aeroquip Performance Products go hand-in-hand with lead positions on the track.”
Each year, Eaton’s Aeroquip Performance Products group posts contingency money for IHRA and NHRA national events.
High-profile, Highly Successful Choose Aeroquip Performance Products
For over 50 years, Aeroquip Performance Products have been the overwhelming choice of high-profile, highly successful racing teams, and the 2004 IHRA and NDRA champions are no exception.
Eaton’s Aeroquip Performance Products group manufactures a comprehensive line of hose and hose assemblies, fittings, couplings, clamps, and other accessories for the high performance and racing markets. These products are offered through Eaton Aeroquip Performance Products’ warehouse distributors located throughout North America.
Aeroquip Performance Products continues to be the choice of Motorsport enthusiasts that demand a winning product.
In NASCAR, Aeroquip Performance Products continues to be the dominant choice of both Winston Cup (Now to be Nextel Cup for 2004) and Busch Series teams. Listed below are teams that know quality and choose to make a difference with Aeroquip Performance Products.
The top three points leaders relied on Aeroquip Performance Products to keep them atop the standings in 2003. Tony Stewart and Bobby Labonte, representing Joe Gibbs Racing took seventh and eighth place in the final 2003 Winston Cup series. Stewart and Labonte teamed up for 4 wins and 35 top ten finishes throughout the season.
Matt Kenseth won the 2003 Winston Cup Championship. Kenseth, while driving for Jack Roush Racing, only had one win, but was the most consistent throughout the 2003 season with 25 top 10 finishes. With a masterful 200 plus point lead with only a few races left, Kenseth records the first championship for Roush Racing.
In the NASCAR Busch Series, Aeroquip Performance Products are again the "Professionals Choice". Brian Vickers captured the 2003 NASCAR Busch Series championship with 3 wins and 21 top 10 places. He also became the youngest winner in NASCAR history at the age of 19.
In addition David Green, an Aeroquip Performance Product winner finished 2 nd place in the NASCAR Busch series. Green also tallied up 3 wins and 21 top 10 places, and ended the season only 14 points behind Vickers.
Eaton continues as the official hose and fittings supplier for the IROC (International Race of Champions) series. All of the IROC Pontiac Firebirds 2003 are equipped with Aeroquip Performance Products, including the improved Black StartLite hose. The 2003 season ended up as another banner year when Kurt Busch won the $250,000 IROC Championship. (International Race of Champions)
In NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) drag racing, Aeroquip Performance Products continues its contingency posting, supporting the professional and amateur racers.
Alan Bradshaw along with team owner Randy Meyer again won the NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster division. The year started out slow, but with a little help from the crews' teamwork and Aeroquip StartLite, they managed to come from behind and win the 2003 title. Congratulations to the team.
Aeroquip Performance Products continues its support of both professional and amateur drag racers on the IHRA (International Hot Rod Association) circuit.
The 2003 season was one of true success for Aeroquip Performance Products and it's associated racing partners. Clay Milican, IHRA's 2001 & 2002 Top Fuel Champion dominated the series again to capture the 2003 title. Congratulations to Clay and his team.
In addition to the 2004 IHRA events, Clay Millican and his team will continue to participate in the NHRA National Events.
Rob Atchison had one of his best seasons in 2003. The Atchison Racing Pontiac Firebird stunned the competition last season by winning six different events on the 12-race Hooters IHRA Drag Racing Series to send the championship to Canada for only the third time in IHRA's 18-year Alcohol Funny Car racing class history. Aeroquip and Atchison racing will again join forces in 2004 with the objective of a repeat. Congratulations to Rob and his team.
SPRINT (World of Outlaws)
Brooke Tatnell and Phillips 66 Trop Artic Racing Team had a tough 2003 season, but continued to work hard. Team owner and crew chief, Court Grandstaff who knows about the ups and downs of racing states, "2004 is going to be a great year". Although Brooke only scored one win in 2003, he tallied 14 top 10 finishes.
NDRA (NOPI DRAG RACING ASSOCIATION)
Ara Arslanian, with Bullish Racing, sets all new NHRA Sports Compact records with their twin Subaru Solaris. Along with the teams' expertise and Aeroquip Performance Products, Ara and Jorge continue to show why they are the dominant factor in the NDRA. Look out in 2004, Bullish Racing is adding third car to their team. Congratulations to the Bullish Racing Team.
Highlights of 2003
NHRA (National Hot Rod Association)
Professional and amateur drag racers.
Contingent upon the display of a NHRA-approved Aeroquip contingency decal, without a competitive decal being displayed. Each car must also be plumbed with Aeroquip Performance Products (hose, fittings, and kits) to be eligible for contingency awards.
Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock
Federal-Mogul/D, Federal-Mogul/FC, Competition, Super Gas, Super Comp, Super Stock, Stock
(24 total events between the above classes)
Pro Stock Truck (14 events)
Super Street (7 events)
IHRA (International Hot Rod Association) - Full Sponsor
Professional and amateur drag racers.
Contingent upon the display an Aeroquip contingency decal, without a competitive decal being displayed. Each car must also be plumbed with Aeroquip Performance Products (hose, fittings) to be eligible for contingency awards.
Top Fuel Dragsters (10 events)
Nitro Harleys, Pro Modified, Funny Car, Pro Stock, Super Eliminator (11 events, each class)
Top Sportsman, Top Dragster (6 events, each class)
Modified, Quick Rod, Super Rod, Hot Rod, Super Stock, Stock (6 events, each class)
ET (0-13.99 Class) (9 events)
IHRA Bracket Finals