AMSOIL, Deans Casing and Black Diamond Motorsports have formed an alliance to win the 2016 International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) Pro Stock Championship. Due to the downtrend in the Energy Business and the long lasting relationship between the GoForth’s and the Bealko family, it was a very easy decision for Deans Casing Service, AMSOIL, and Black Diamond Motorsports to join forces for the 2016 IHRA Pro Stock Season.
AMSOIL, who is First in Synthetics, will be continuing its support of Black Diamond Motorsports as it has for the last 2 years. The partnership with AMSOIL provides Synthetic products and support that hold up well in the extreme environment that Mountain Motor Pro Stock engines, transmission and rear gears experience and will continue to expand with this new alliance . Black Diamond Motorsports Cars and Trailer proudly fly the AMSOIL colors at every event.
Dean GoForth and Kevin Bealko have decided to step out of the driving seats for the 2016 race season and combine their collective efforts and resources into one team with two cars. Cary Goforth, a Multi-World Champion, and current IHRA champion and John DeFlorian, current elapsed time and mile per hour record holder, multi-event winner and shop foreman at Jerry Haas Race Cars will be the drivers in this alliance. These two drivers will combine their knowledge on winning coupled with record setting performances to make a formidable team .
This on the heels that:
IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRGSE), parent company to the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA); announced that Mike Dunn has been installed as President of the IHRA organization in advance of the complete reorganization of the company and its various operations. The current 2016 IHRA Drag Racing Series is serving as an interim year between the current format and the restructuring format which will be announced throughout the 2016 season.
Contrary to the Rumors I am not dead or retired
Dina Parise Racing debuts Stella at IHRA Nitro Jam
‘Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm!’~ Winston Churchill. One thing the Dina Parise Team is certainly not lacking is enthusiasm. For that matter the team continues to make strides with their new Cadillac CTS-V Pro Mod Stella. No outing is ever considered a failure, it is considered a learning experience.
“We are making steady progress with Stella”, Stated Andrew Parise. “She (Stella) has lived up to her stubborn Italian namesake (Dina’s grandmother). So, that stubbornness is not foreign to me, but I do know how to get a handle on it! I’m positive her stubbornness will be advantageous in the end! ” He laughs.
The DPR team is running the IHRA Nitro Jam, Crower Racing Racing Products Pro Mod series. The first two stops were Bradenton Motorsports Park and Palm Beach International Raceway.
The racing report for Stella the Cadillac at IHRA Nitro Jam Crower Pro Mod at Bradenton Motorsports Park was for sure less than stellar. Stella was plagued with mechanical issues all weekend long. The DPR crew worked continuously throughout the event to rectify the issue, but to no avail.
“Just when you think you are making progress, BAM… something comes up and bites you”, Stated Dina Parise. “My crew is the absolute best! They worked their tails off! But I do need to thank Crower Racing Products (Don, Louis and the gang), Pluchino Racing, Dave Tomasino, Hank Williams and everyone else who pitched in to help. It was a valiant effort to get Stella down the track.”
If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again! The Dina Parise Racing team did just that. Next it was on to IHRA Nitro Jam Crower Pro Mod at Palm Beach International Raceway. Dina qualified 5th with a 6.442 sec. /213.30MPH. Not a stellar number by any means but the bugs had left the Cadillac! It was ultimately a first round loss for DPR, but in the scheme of things progress was made.
“Stella left great and I was with Jimmy (Keen) until about ½ track. At that point Stella headed for the wall and I had to get out of it.” Said Dina. “I just had to watch him blow by me. I really wanted that win light for my crew. Andrew (Parise), Butch (Branzelle) and Dave (Jordan). They worked so hard. We will get them in Cordova!”
Next stop on the IHRA Nitro Jam tour is Cordova International Raceway May 29-30 for the Summer Nationals! The DPR team is looking forward to more head to head Crower Pro mod action! Head out to the track to take in the action! Not near there? Well, you can watch the Live feed ! Just head to IHRA.com and click on the ‘Live webcast’ for Nitro Jam!
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** The team would like to wish Cale Aronson a speedy recovery! **
Story by DPR
Photos : Holloway Sanders/ Roger Richards
U.S. BOUNTY HUNTERS PRO STOCK
Did not qualify:
John Konigshofer (Otterville, Ontario, Canada) 2013 Mustang 6.399 sec./220.73 mph
John Pluchino (Commack, New York) 2006 Escort 6.401 sec./219.12 mph
John DeFlorian Jr. (Arnold, Missouri) 2015 Camaro 6.404 sec./214.01 mph
Scott Hintz (Odessa, Texas) 2013 Mustang 10.118 sec./110.80 mph
Winner: John Montecalvo (Center Moriches, New York) 2014 Camaro .038 6.317 sec./222.91 mph
Runner-up: Matt Bertsch (Tecumseh, Michigan) 2007 Mustang .043 6.366 sec./220.30 mph
After a long off season, Team Aruba was anxious to get back on the track and tackle the 1320 feet of an IHRA Nitro Jam racing surface. State Capitol Raceway in Port Allen, La. played host to the IHRA Mardi Gras Nationals this past weekend and was the stage for Team Aruba’s return to the restructured and renewed racing organization.
“It was great to personally meet all the new members of the IHRA ownership and staff,” told Trevor Eman, pilot of the Aruba.com Mustang. “We could not feel more welcome in a racing sanctioning body than we did from them. The race was really fantastic all around. It was great to be back with the IHRA.”
Despite Mother Nature cancelling Friday’s test session, Team Aruba qualified for the elite eight car field with a 6.39 elapsed time at 222 MPH. Eman and team were then set to take on number one qualifier and former World Champion, John Montecalvo, in round one. Although Montecalvo was a very formidable opponent, the Aruba.com Mustang made easy work of Montecalvo’s bowtie entry, when Montecalvo was forced to abort the run. Eman posted his best elapsed time of the weekend, a 6.326.
Rainy weather on Friday made for tricky track conditions on race day and in round two, this would prove to be Team Aruba’s nemesis. Eman encountered tire shake that forced him to let off the throttle, giving opponent J.R. Carr the semi final victory.
“Rain took its toll on the racetrack and affected the schedule in such a way that we could not test nor qualify on Friday,” Eman explained. “However, the IHRA staff did a phenomenal job on the racetrack getting it ready for Saturday. We were certainly impressed in their accomplishment of getting not only the track ready for racing, but certainly even the entire event in the books with all the added difficulties they faced. It has been several years since we have raced quarter mile so pre race testing and additional qualifying runs would have been helpful, but we were able to get the Aruba.com Mustang qualified and past round one, which was a great accomplishment for our first race back on the quarter-mile.
“Regardless of the rainy weather conditions that hindered our testing and qualifying, this was truly a great event,” Eman added. “Besides being able to race quarter mile again, the greatest aspect of the entire weekend was the treatment we received by the people. The people from State Capitol Raceway and all of the New Orleans area fans treated us especially well.
“I think you can comfortably say that New Orleans has somewhat of a different culture compared to the rest of the entire United States. And in our case, as we are from a different country and thus also differently cultured, we automatically create a connection with people that have different customs and traditions. We immediately felt connected to the people of New Orleans and appreciated their unique flavors, sights and sounds.”
The Mardi Gras-themed Nitro Jam brought much of that culture right to the track, providing great entertainment for fans and racers alike. In recent years the IHRA has placed greater emphasis on the fan experience at their events, a move that has proven beneficial to fans, racers and sponsors alike.
“We can’t wait to get to Bradenton to continue our effort in accumulating points,” Eman said, speaking of the next IHRA Nitro Jam to be held April 17-19 at Bradenton Motorsports Park. “We have a very good working race car, an engine producing a tremendous amount of power and above all, a very good team in place who all work together very well. This combination, together with a great group of people in the IHRA will make for great racing this season.”
Tim Boychuk (AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car presented by Aeromotive), Kevin Bealko (U.S. Bounty Hunters Pro Stock), Tracy Kile (Nitro Harley) and Kat Moller (Jet Dragster) won final-round eliminations tonight at the IHRA Nitro Jam Mardi Gras Nationals at State Capitol Dragway in Port Allen, Louisiana.
Boychuk, of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, faced defending IHRA AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car champion Jason Rupert in the final round of eliminations. Boychuk outran Rupert to the finish line, 5.867 sec./235.72 mph to 5.993 sec./245.43 mph.
“This is big for us,” Boychuk explained. “We struggled for the last year-and-a-half or so and it’s been really painful. We started off winning a lot, then it kind of all went away on us. Now it’s back – the car’s back. I can feel the car is back and it’s really working the way we want it to work. We changed a few things. I bought out my partner, Ron Hodgson. We had a great relationship – we still do – he didn’t want to race as much as I did. Now we got Twig (legendary driver Twig Zeigler of 1970s Pizza Haven Funny Car fame) and Roland (revered ’60s-’70s “Hawaiian” Funny Car owner Roland Leong) both working on the car and they’ve got it back again. I’ve got two great guys looking after the car. The team – we’ve got the same crew working on the car – has so much consistency.”
Boychuk defeated No. 1 Qualifier and past IHRA champion Paul Romine in first round, then scored a bye run in the second to meet Rupert in the final.
Kile, of Asheville, North Carolina, faced Brian Jernigan in the Nitro Harley final. After Jernigan crossed the finish line, he became separated from his motorcycle and crashed. He was transported to a local medical center for evaluation. Kile qualified third and defeated Rocky Jackson in the opening round and Alvin Kobernusz in the second.
“It’s the second race of the year, and a very big win,” said Kile. “We come to every race knowing we can win. The IHRA Nitro Harley field is gonna be tough all year long. We’re just going to get used to it and run ’em round by round.”
Bealko, of Bridgeport, West Virginia, qualified seventh in an eight-car field. He defeated Cary Goforth in the first round of eliminations, then faced teammate John DeFlorian Jr. in the second. Bealko defeated J.R. Carr in the final, 6.272 sec./224.71 mph to 13.602 sec./62.20 mph, to collect the coveted IHRA Ironman trophy.
“It was a big win for us,” said Bealko. “Having to race my teammate, John, in the semi-finals is never our best-case scenario. To be able to get by him, then run J.R. Carr, who’s been stellar all day. I just got switched up on the lights and got an awful long light before I left. But the car went right down there and the whole way there I was just thinking of my crew they’re gonna kill me if I don’t get in front of him. I was able, by the grace of God, to get in front of him and we had a nice win.”
Moller, a 19-year old University of Florida student, faced Elaine Larsen in the Jet Dragster final. It was a repeat of the season-opener in Tucson, Arizona, last month, where the pair faced each other in Jet Dragster finale. This time, Moller prevailed.
“I’m super excited about it,” admitted Moller. “Last race I had Elaine in the final and she beat me to the finish line so this race I’m glad I got to beat her. So we’re even and we’ll see who wins next time.”
The local 1/8-mile Outlaw Pro Modified final was won by Bill Doucet of Lawtell, Louisiana, over Bill Banaka of Brandon, Mississippi, 3.80 sec./193.09 mph to 4.604 sec./123.79 mph.
Tina Pierce and Alex Taylor staged an exhibition race in their street-legal cars during the event. Pierce’s S-10 crashed during the race. She was transported to a local hospital for evaluation and released. The IHRA’s rigid safety standards prevented her from suffering serious injury.
AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car presented by Aeromotive
Tim Boychuk defeated No. 1 Qualifier Paul Romine, 5.773 sec./245.36 mph to 6.822 sec./176.50 mph.
Jason Rupert defeated Ricky Young, 5.897 sec./245.83 mph to 16.255 sec./68.56 mph.
Mark Sanders defeated Steve Nichols, 5.840 sec./250.97 mph to 8.278 sec./105.94 mph.
Boychuk (bye) 11.768 sec./68.28 mph.
Jason Rupert defeated Mark Sanders, 5.979 sec./247.32 mph to 6.129 sec./231.30 mph.
Tim Boychuk defeated Jason Rupert, 5.867 sec./235.72 mph to 5.993 sec./245.43 mph.
U.S. Bounty Hunters Pro Stock
John DeFlorian Jr. defeated Dean Goforth, Goforth fouled and DeFlorian ran 215.51 mph (E.T. was ruled invalid).
J.R. Carr defeated Scott Hintz, 6.305 sec./224.10 mph to 6.339 sec./223.15 mph.
Trevor Eman defeated No. 1 Qualifier John Montecalvo, 6.326 sec./222.05 mph to 7.913 sec./115.57 mph.
Kevin Bealko defeated Cary Goforth, 6.275 sec./223.99 mph to 6.397 sec./221.72 mph.
J.R. Carr defeated Trevor Eman, 6.314 sec./223.71 mph to 7.554 sec./162.07 mph.
Kevin Bealko defeated John DeFlorian Jr., 6.379 sec./222.88 mph to 11.035 sec./77.68 mph.
Kevin Bealko defeated J.R. Carr, 6.272 sec./224.71 mph to 13.602 sec./62.20 mph.
Rickey House defeated No. 1 Qualifier Jay Turner, 6.394 sec./217.18 mph to 6.372 sec./214.54 mph.
Brian Jernigan defeated Jim Fagan, 7.056 sec./206.61 mph to 7.642 sec./141.15 mph.
Alvin Kobernusz defeated Randal Andras, 6.914 sec./177.65 mph to 13.568 sec./72.93 mph.
Tracy Kile defeated Rocky Jackson, 6.488 sec./212.51 mph to 7.444 sec./170.16 mph.
Brian Jernigan defeated Rickey House, 7.116 sec./199.73 mph to 7.100 sec./211.91 mph.
Tracy Kile defeated Alvin Kobernusz, 6.541 sec./195.56 mph to 6.809 sec./204.08 mph.
Tracy Kile defeated Brian Jernigan, 6.568 sec./205.66 mph to 6.962 sec./210.03 mph.
Kat Moller defeated Elaine Larsen, 5.584 sec./286.53 mph to 5.801 sec./277.00 mph.
QUALIFYING RESULTS, AFTER TWO ROUNDS:
AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car presented by Aeromotive – Racers elected not to conduct a second round of qualifying.
U.S. Bounty Hunters Pro Stock
1. John Montecalvo (Center Moriches, New York) 6.235 sec./224.94 mph.
2. Cary Goforth (Holdenville, Oklahoma) 6.270 sec./223.49 mph.
3. Dean Goforth (Holdenville, Oklahoma) 6.290 sec./223.65 mph.
4. J.R. Carr (Pasco, Washington) 6.305 sec./221.83 mph.
5. Scott Hintz (Odessa, Texas) 6.320 sec./225.05 mph.
6. John DeFlorian Jr. (Arnold, Missouri) 6.339 sec./222.88 mph.
7. Kevin Bealko (Bridgeport, West Virginia) 7.134 sec./142.15 mph.
8. Trevor Eman (Pos Chiquito, Aruba) 6.390 sec./222.44 mph.
9. Scott Beham (Conroe, Texas) 6.554 sec./192.06 mph.
10. John Konigshofer (Otterville, Ontario, Canada) 10.846 sec./99.74 mph.
Next IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series national event:April 17-18 IHRA Nitro Jam Southern Nationals, Bradenton Motorsports Park – Bradenton, Fla.Nitro Jam classes include: Crower Pro Mod, AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car, U.S. Bounty Hunters Pro Stock, Nitro Harley-Davidson, Jet Dragster.
Headquartered in Norwalk, Ohio, the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) promotes professional, semi-professional and local level racing for drivers of all levels. The Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series is a North American professional drag racing series comprised of events in major cities throughout the United States and Canada. The IHRA also oversees multiple sportsman racing programs including the Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL, Summit Racing Equipment SuperSeries presented by AMSOIL and Summit Racing Equipment Tournament of Champions presented by AMSOIL. For more information on IHRA Motorsports visit www.ihra.com or the official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages @IHRA.
IRG Sports + Entertainment™ and the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) are proud to announce five new official partners for the 2015 season. Joining the growing IHRA family of official sponsors are: Klipsch, Luna-C, Larsens Inc., Stingray Systems and Pro Things.
Klipsch is the official audio partner of IHRA. Klipsch (www.klipsch.com) has been manufacturing world-class speakers (for cinemas, home audio, home theater, wireless), and headphones since 1946. Klipsch speakers are an integral part of the IHRA’s powerful traveling sound system at all Nitro Jam events.
Headquartered in Johns Creek, Georgia, Luna-C (www.lunacclothing.com) is the official apparel provider for Miss Nitro Jam Lee Anne Powell and her Nitroettes at all IHRA Nitro Jam national events. Luna-C designs are influenced by automobiles and they offer “high tech meets high style” apparel for both men and women.
Larsens Inc. (www.larsensinc.com) is the official canopy of IHRA. For more than 25 years, the Santa Cruz, California, company has been manufacturing high-quality canopies, awnings, banners, backdrops and mobile event products for concerts, automotive events, television companies and government agencies.
Stingray Systems of Indianapolis is the official eye wash system of IHRA. Stingray’s Tepid (www.tepid.com) eye/face wash system meets clients’ needs with ANSI/ASSE-compliant tepid (safe temperature) solutions.
Pro Things Custom Apparel is the official uniform shirt of IHRA. The Chandler, Arizona-based company (www.prothings.com) offers custom-made products, including team sports apparel, custom model dresses, retail shirts, jackets and compression shirts.
The next IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series event will be held March 13-14 at State Capitol Raceway in Port Allen, Louisiana. The IHRA Nitro Jam Mardi Gras Nationals will feature AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car presented by Aeromotive, U.S. Bounty Hunters Pro Stock, Nitro Harley-Davidson and Jet Dragster competition.
For more information, please contact the IHRA at (419) 663-6666 or visit www.IHRA.com. Follow IHRA and Nitro Jam on Twitter and Facebook.