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   2010 Steeda Racing Recap

The checkered flag has been dropped, the results are in, and once again racers using Steeda performance parts have consistently outperformed others and won more races, set more records, and won more championships than all of our competitors combined.   This does not happen by shear coincidence – rather it is the direct result of competent, skilled, and knowledgeable drivers using the very best performance parts available for their car – the Steeda Autosports line of track tested and race proved performance parts.

While there are literally untold thousands of competitors using our parts any given weekend at the race track or drag strip, following is a brief summary of just some of the drivers and race teams that count on Steeda every time that they race to victory:

Jason von Kluge – Ford Racing Mustang Challenge Series

Suffice to say, the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge series kept fans on edge during the entire highly competitive racing series this year. The battle this year for the 2010 series crown was being entertained by multiple competitors, but in the end the Steeda sponsored Mustang driven and owned by Jason von Kluge prevailed to become the 2010 Ford Racing Mustang Challenge Champion.

After the final race this season, Jason commented: “It feels good, but I think it’s going to take a little time to sink in,” said newly crowned champion von Kluge following his win at the last race of the season. We got the series championship and I’m feeling really happy. I want to thank all the guys who helped me do this, and Varsity Ford, Green Filters, and Steeda Autosports for their support. I’m very grateful to be here and I can’t wait to celebrate! ”.   Congratulations Jason for not only the final race victory, but also for clinching the National Championship of the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge!

John Urist – NMRA Super Street Outlaw Champion 2010

Steeda and Nitto Tire sponsored driver, John Urist, entered the 2010 NMRA drag racing season with four consecutive championships to his credit. Despite having the most wins in Super Street Outlaw class history, John entered the season finale as an underdog, trailing the first-place leader by 160 points.

Through John’s good fortune and competent race preparation, in his last race of the season he ended the day highly victorious, making him the 2010 champion in one of the closest-points races in NMRA class history.  With this win, John Urist becomes the only driver in NMRA history to win five consecutive 
championships.

When the dust settled, Urist had clenched the championship by a mere 10 points.  “It’s been an exciting season,” said John Urist. “This was a competitive season, and it makes this championship that 
much more special and rewarding. I’m glad I could share this win with all of my sponsors including Steeda Autosports and Nitto tire. Join us in congratulating John and his entire team for putting another championship together for the 2010 season!

Tom Ellis – SCCA’s American Sedan Series Champion

Regular readers of our Steeda News releases have heard about the many on-track racing accomplishments of Tom Ellis. For the last six years, Tom has been one of our hottest drivers piloting his #51 Steeda Q Mustang in the hotly contested SCCA American Sedan Series.   This past year was another good year for Tom, he ran a total of 7 races in the Southeast Division and chalked up 4 wins, 1 second place finish, and 2 third place finishes.

This allowed him to win the Southeast Division Championship for 2010 – clinching his 6th consecutive championship in a row for Steeda/Palm Express/ Dawson Motorsports sponsored car!  No doubt, his biggest accomplishment was winning the SCCA National Points Championship for having the most accumulated points in the United States for American Sedan.  Congratulations Tom for another really great season !

James Ray – Hopeful Camaro-Mustang Challenge 2 Regional Champion

This has been one truly outstanding race season for James Ray and his #68 Steeda Mustang to say the least! From finishing dead last in his first shake-down race of the season, James has managed to get the feel for the new Steeda ’Stang this season, and has continued to win at a blistering pace since finishing 1st in seven of his first 10 races at various tracks around the country – no small feat to say the least!  And that is just the start !!

At the NASA National Championship at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT, James found himself running the high speed, 3+ mile Outer course and won two podium positions when the checkered flag finally dropped  – a hugely successful endeavor especially when you consider that one of the races had him racing in a higher class against other more highly competitive cars – the proverbial “knife at a gun fight!” scenario.

James is continuing his racing with one more race in December at the famed Road Atlanta Raceway.  In this last race of the season, he essentially needs only to take the green flag at the final race to be crowned the NASA Southeast Championship for the Camaro-Mustang Challenge 2 Race Series.   Congratulations and best of luck to James Ray and his Steeda Mustang “Trigger” for a truly unbelievable race season in 2010 and we wish you continued successes.  With all of your successes this season, we look forward to more in-depth coverage of your podium pursuits in the 2011 race season!

Robin Burnett (Burnett Racing Team) – American Iron Challenge Series

The Burnett Racing team ran in the American Iron Challenge Series – East during the 2010 season wherein the Burnett team grow it’s stable of competitive cars and drivers competing in different clases with the addition of Anders “Erik” Sjoblom in the #65 CMC (Camaro Mustang Challenge) class, driver Mark Adams joining the team and taking over the driving duties of the venerable #21 car, while Robin Burnett worked to complete a new 2010 Camaro Mustang Challenge – 2 class Steeda Mustang.

Overall it was another fantastic year with the Burnett racing Team competing in 8 events fielding 3 cars and acquiring a total of 8 race victories, 2 track records, and clinching a National Championship when rookie Erik Sjoblom earned the National Championship crown in CMC! Could it get any better than this….well 2011 is just around the corner.  Congratulations to everyone on the Burnett Racing Team !

These are typical race enthusiasts that count on Steeda Autosports every time that they race.  From the local dragstrip and race track, to the nationally recognized events, more racers rely on Steeda than any other brand.

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