Monthly Archives: August 2011


NMRA Drag Racing Update – Steeda Leading Once Again!

Consisting of different and highly competitive drag racing events around the country, the NMRA drag racing series includes is universally regarded as the #1 all-Ford drag racing circuit in the U.S.  Despite tough competition in all six of the nine 2011 events already completed, the two top Steeda Autosports sponsored drivers in NMRA, John Urist and Chris Parisi are well on their way to another championship racing season for Steeda Autosports.

John Urist – Campaigning in the highly competitive Super Stang Outlaw class, John is definitely on his way to yet another championship in his Steeda and Nitto Tire sponsored Mustang.  The NMRA race in Milan MIchigan proved to be quite a challenge for even the most seasoned racers due to record heat and rain delays. On Friday, there were a few rounds of test and tune followed by several rounds of qualifying before Mother Nature stepped in and forced everyone to call it a day.  With drier weather on Saturday, John was lucky enough to be prepared for the track conditions and qualified #1 with a 7.21. But the rest of the field wasn’t too far behind with the #2 qualifier running a very close 7.26 – just an indication of how competitive this class really is!  In the ensuing rounds, John showed great consistency in his Steeda and Nitto sponsored Mustang as chalked up yet another win with a solid 7.34.  With six of nine races in the books, John has chalked up 2385 series points against the second place driver’s 1930.

Chris Parisi – Competing in the Super Stang class, Chris consistently finds himself in an extremely competitive racing environment with plenty excitement at every race.  So far this season, it appears as if Chris is on track for a three-peat. He is leading his class and all indications are that he will once again take his Steeda sponsored and equipped Mustang into the winner’s circle.  With 2360 points chalked up to date and his nearest competitor trailing by a close 300 points, Chris will need to continue the string of victories to prevail, but he tells us that he is confident that his winning ways will continue   Most people do not realize that when Chris isn’t running at the dragstrip, he is actively involved in various charity events – proving to everyone that he is truly a winner both on and off the racetrack.

In particular, Chris has reached out to a group of special friends from the Arc Home in in St Augustine, Florida which provides services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Chris recognizes the great job that the Arc Home does, and realizes that exposure to drag racing can not only be great fun, but great therapy and an inspirational.  Recently, Chris was able to obtain a tower suite at Gainesville Raceway for a group of 25 members of the Arc Home, and hosted them in their first exposure to the wild world of drag racing.  Congratulations to Chris for his continuing charity efforts and for reaching out where he really can make a difference.

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Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Steeda Events

At Steeda we never rest, and just because the summer may be over, the fun and excitement at Steeda is not about to end.   The next two big events we have are the lined up that you should try to attend – the Steeda Stampede in Pompano Beach Florida and the Pony Wars in Valdosta Georgia.

Steeda Stampede® – Join us at our Pompano Beach Florida Headquarters on September 17th 2011 for the annual Steeda Stampede.  This year is staged to be the best one yet as we will have plenty of action and sights for everyone.  Mingle with fellow Mustang and Ford enthusiasts, browse the fantastic discounts and great deals in Franks Garage, participate in tech discussions or a tour of our facilities and enter to win thousands of dollars in giveaways.

After the events at our headquarters, there is the annual stampede to Palm Beach International Raceway where we will be joining the activities at the Ford Weekend – essentially two events in one day – what more excitement could one have in a day?

Schedule of events include

  • 8:00 am – Arrive at the Steeda Pompano Beach Headquarters
  • 10:30 am – Prizes and giveaways
  • 11:30 am – Stampede to Palm Beach International Raceway
  • 12:30 pm – Fun Ford Weekend Event

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The Pony Wars® – Mark your calendars and do not make any other plans – October 8, 2011 is the date for the next Pony Wars event that is being presented by Steeda Autosports.

The Pony Wars event held at the South Georgia Motorsports Park is open to any American made car from Ford, GM, and Mopar and with an expected huge turnout with some of the best performance cars around, this will most certainly be an event that will be talked about and remembered for quite a long period of time. If you have not been to one of the previous Pony Wars events – then you are missing out!

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Steeda Performance Vehicle Program

With over 22 years of uninterrupted racing and performance part design, engineering and manufacturing experience we know how tough it is to keep a secret in our business.   So, rather than wait, we decided to announce that Steeda Autosports is launching a new Steeda Performance Vehicle Program that will appeal to the most discerning enthusiasts.  It has been created for the sole purpose of offering completed vehicles to the niche performance enthusiasts who demand dramatic performance, uncompromised handling capabilities, and a handcrafted level of quality by master trained mechanics.

This officially serialized program will initially offer the following vehicles via a network of specially selected Ford Dealers:

  • Steeda Q650 StreetFighter (supercharged 5.0L)
  • Steeda Q450 SuperSport (naturally aspirated 5.0L)
  • Steeda Q350 Sport(3.7L V6)
  • Raceskinz Edition (available in all powertrain configurations)

In addition to the above vehicle lines, we will also be producing a series of other special edition vehicles with unique appeal – to be followed by other vehicle lines in the future that will provide the fully comprehensive product line-up so many enthusiasts have asked for.

At Steeda, our DNA underscores our philosophy that Speed Matters® and we leave nothing on the table when we produce these vehicles.   Each vehicle will offer the purchaser complete individual customization for their specific performance needs, and will proudly carry the Steeda badge – providing your assurance of quality, performance, and value.

Our rich history of racing is a tradition that started when Dario Orlando first hit the racetrack at Sebring, and it continues today in everything that we do.  At Steeda, second place is never good enough, so we always push the envelope to provide performance enthusiasts the best products that meet the needs of the most demanding drivers.   More races have been won, more records set, and more championships won with Steeda – than with all of our competitors combined.  As impressive as our record is, we don’t intend to stand on it. Instead, we plan to build on it and continue to strive for new level of achievement with everything we do.

In the coming weeks we will be updating our website to incorporate all of our vehicle specifics and our list of select dealers plus complete vehicle pricing and images.   In the interim, if you have any specific questions, or want to be added to our initial product mailing list, please email our Global Manager of Serialized Vehicles – Rob Lefrancois at:  [email protected]

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Steeda Invades Motor City

Annually, August in Southeastern Michigan is a hotbed of car shows and activity as the Motor City celebrates everything automotive in a grand way.  This year, was no exception as the American automotive mecca pulled out all stops to celebrate the automobile and Steeda Autosports made sure that our loyal customers attending these events would also have a chance to see some of our latest product offerings.  From the Mustang Memories Car Show to the Woodward Dream Cruise, August in Michigan is the place to be.

Mustang Memories at the Ford World Headquarters – Taking place on the grounds of the Ford World Headquarters and presented by the Mustang Owners Club of Southeastern Michigan (MOCSEM), this annual event is most certainly one of the key shows you need to attend in the future.  Steeda Autosports is a co-sponsor of this event for the past several years and we were on hand with a variety of cars to showcase including the 5.0L supercharged Steeda StreetFighter, a Steeda modified 2006 Ford GT, and an exceptional 2006 Q400 displayed by loyal customer John Long.  In addition, American Iron Champion Robin Burnett and Camaro/Mustang Challenge driver Anders Sjoblom each their Steeda prepared race cars on display and were on hand to answer any questions the show attendees had about their competitive cars.
In addition, the Mustang Dream Giveaway presented the keys to the lucky winner of the two Boss 302 Mustangs at this event.  A classic/restored 1969 Boss 302 and a new 2012 Boss 302 with cosmetic modifications directed by Ford Designer Melvin Betancourt were awarded to 24 year old Thomas Barker of Effingham, Illinois.  Suffice to say, the 2012 Boss 302 received a full Steeda suspension treatment as well as a Tri-Ax® shifter to further enhance its outstanding handling and overall outstanding performance.

Woodward Dream Cruise – This annual cruise is undoubtedly the largest car cruise in the world with over 1.5 Million people celebrating various car cultures, and automotive performance.  The “official” cruise occurs on the 3rd Saturday in August, but in actuality the cruising begins well over a month before the official date as ten of thousands of people populate the cruise route on evenings leading up to the cruise.  This year, there were multiple sightings of the Steeda StreetFighter and even a “street-legal” Steeda race car cruising the famous M1 boulevard.  Needless to say, there were no tickets issued, but there most certainly are many memories of some high horsepower Steeda cars pounding the pavement from traffic signal to traffic signal.

In addition to the actual Dream Cruise on Woodward, Ford Motor Company sponsors the Mustang Alley where hundreds of Mustangs are on static display during the cruise, and in the days preceding the actual cruise, Ford open up the Mustang Plant (Auto Alliance) for some special behind the scenes tours. This year, Steeda was asked to display one of our cars at the plant, and we obliged by having the Steeda StreetFighter making a stop to be showcased in a display in front of the assembly plant.  Dario Orlando and his son Zach made a special trip to the Motor City so they could be on hand to answer questions about the car and to participate in the tour as well as the official Dream cruise events.
If you have not been to the Motor City and attended any of the Dream Cruise events in the past – plan now for 2012 as these are some events that should be on your “bucket list”!!!

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