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Steeda NASA Racing Update

Every weekend across the United States, individuals are taking their Steeda equipped vehicles out to the dragstrip, race track, or participate in local club or organization sponsored autocross events. The primary reason that they do this is for the love of the drive, the competitive spirit – and not to be overlooked – just having some plain fun driving everyone’s favorite muscle car – the Ford Mustang.

Two such individuals are Jim Edwards and James Ray, who recently campaigned a 2007 Steeda Certified Shelby GT Mustang – nicknamed “Thor” in the NASA (National Auto Sport Association) race series at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Jim, James, and “Thor” participate in the NASA Southeast Region and just last weekend competed in the one-day NASA-SE event at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It was blistering hot with ambient air temperatures over 100 and track temperatures in the near-140 degree range, the conditions took major tolls on cars and drivers alike. Thor had his work cut out for him in this heat, however, with team drivers James Ray and Jim Edwards at the wheel, Thor pulled down a 1.27 time to eclipse anyone seeking to take away the coveted first place trophy!

Charlotte Motor Speedway’s venue for NASA track events includes NASCAR turns two, three and four and the very tight, flat and slick 8-turn infield roadcourse. Charlotte is a very fast venue for roadcourse racing due to the utilization of the 3, high-banked NASCAR turns so combined with the infield course, this track presents challenges related to vehicle set-up, tire pressures and race strategies. Nonetheless, with 9 races under Thor’s proverbial belt this year, he stands first in points with 3 firsts, 5 seconds and only 1 third. And hasn’t been off the podium all year long so far! Not bad for some weekend fun !

Two other great competitors that are in the NASA race series Great Lakes Division are the “Steeda North” duo of Robin Burnett and Anders Sjoblom. Both Robin and Anders have been campaigning their Steeda equipped cars and have been raising hell with their competitors for many years – and this year is no exception as they compete in the American Iron (AI) and Camaro Mustang Challenge (CMC) series.

Over weekend of June 30th at the famed Mid Ohio Sports Car Course, both Robin and Anders were there having more fun than one should legally have. While this particular race weekend was not kind to them as they had hoped, they still managed to have some serious fun at the track. With full fields in each class the Steeda teammates knew they had their work cut out for them. Robins race on Saturday was cut short by a back marker on the first lap when contact in the first corner bent a tie rod. Anders race was better with a solid drive that saw him battle the entire race and earn a 4th place finish.

Sundays qualifying was one of the closest fields either class has ever seen, with the top 7 cars within a single second away from each other. Robin had a better day, after repairs from Saturday, where he had a great race with 2 other competitors in Mustangs. The battle lasted long enough to let the front 3 get away leaving Robin with a satisfying 4th place finish. Anders continued his up hill battle on Sunday, as the lone S197 Mustang in his class, managing his class rules mandated skinny tires to a 2nd place finish.

A good start and battles between his competitors left Anders to run the race with little if any challenge. The skill level, preparation level and rules packages in American Iron (AI) and Camaro Mustang Challenge (CMC) has created a unbelievably competitive field of cars. With the National Championships just a few months away the Steeda teammates are looking forward to the challenge and are confident that they will continue to represent the Steeda brand as best as they can do. With the season at it’s mid-point, Anders is leading in series points in the Camaro Mustang Challenge Series and Robin is running a close second in the American Iron Race Series.

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Steeda Racing Update – Detroit Grand Prix

The Motor City saw the return of the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix as the Pirelli World Challenge Mustangs raced a doubleheader weekend June 2-3. With over 100,000 fans in attendance at the 2.1 mile street course, the #19 Steeda Autosports Boss 302S Mustang of driver Jason von Kluge maneuvered the track’s tight turns and changing road surfaces to finish 4th in the GTS class – ahead of all the other Mustangs in Sunday’s race.

Jason von Kluge

Everyone at Steeda Autosports wants to thank Jason for his great racing at the Grand Prix – showing once again that winning drivers choose Steeda performance products for their Ford vehicles more than any other brand.

Jason von Kluge has earned the respect of fans and competitors alike as he’s worked his way to the podium with a third place finish in the 2012 season opener and two top-five finishes. In his fourth year as a professional driver, he captured the 2010 Ford Racing Mustang Challenge Championship in which he drove his Steeda sponsored Mustang FR500S to glory including five race wins.

You can watch the Mustangs blazing the 14-turn track of Detroit Grand Prix when the races air on NBC Sports, July 7 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

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One of The World’s Fastest 5.0 Mustangs Uses Steeda Parts

For IMMEDIATE Release – May 7, 2012

When Chris Cruz, just like many of us, had a “need” to have the fastest 2011 5.0L Mustang in the world. We all know that to accomplish this task it takes some major horsepower, a wide array of performance parts, and some excellent workmanship to make it all happen. Enlisting the assistance of Evolution Performance, they developed a 1,002 RWHP / 1,070 RWTQ performance behemoth that would most certainly provide the huge amount of raw power needed to propel the ‘Stang into the 8 second range with a run of 8.99 at 153 MPH!

Suffice to say, having over 1,000 RWHP presents quite a few issues when you pull the trigger and release ALL of that intense power at one time to blast down the quarter mile. When it came to sourcing the very best suspension parts to harness that power – Evolution Performance chose suspension components from Steeda Autosports – parts that are renown for their durability both on the street and on the track. For this extreme duty application, the following regular Steeda production parts were chosen by Evolution Performance as they knew they would stand up to the extreme torture that they would be subjected to:

In additional to harnessing all of the power – we all know that weight is the enemy of Mustang performance – and to save precious pounds from the front-end, Evolution Performance installed our Steeda Lightweight Radiator Support (P/N 555 5080) which is made for light 4130 Chrome moly steel material. This quality manufactured tubular part is 50% of the weight of the stock steel unit and yet is still strong enough for you to run your front swaybar when not at the drag strip! In fact, this item is the perfect item for the road course/autocross car to reduce front-end weight and improve weight distribution.

Note that these are not some special “racer only” parts or parts that were specially “one-off” fabricated parts – they are the regular production quality parts that we designed, manufactured, and sell daily to Mustang owners over the world. Proof that the quality that we instill into EVERY part we provide!

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Steeda Racing Update

John Urist (NMRA)

John has started off 2012 in dominating fashion in his Steeda and Nitto sponsored Mustang. Having won the first two events of the year he looks to be on his way to another SSO championship. The 7 time world champ started off in Bradenton, FL at the NMRA Spring Break shootout where he qualified 2nd and advanced to the final never running slower than a 7.09, a 7.16 in the final was enough to hold off runner up Andrew DeMarco and give John his first win of 2012. The series then went to Atlanta, GA for the NMRA All-Star Nationals. John qualified number one with a 7.09 and once again ran all the way to the final where a red light by Kenjo Kelly handed him the victory.

Robin Burnett & Anders (Erik) Sjoblom (NASA)

The Steeda road racing duo of Robin Burnett & Anders (Erik) Sjoblom had a tremendous start to the 2012 NASA Great Lakes season. On April 14-15 The Mid Ohio Sportscar Course was home to the season opening double header that offered a mixture of wet and dry racing.

Saturday was a typical rainy spring day in Ohio that saw Robin and Erik take wins in the “American Iron” (AI) and “Camaro Mustang Challenge” (CMC) classes respectively. The lap times were slow but the rain racing was hot as just staying on track was difficult.

Sunday turned out to be a beautiful day giving everyone a chance to get back onto the dry line for more close racing. Robin missed Sunday’s qualifying session with a faulty ground wire that caused him to start the race last in class. Robin had a great start and at the end of lap 2 had the lead and never looked back making it 2 for 2 on the weekend. Erik was not as lucky on Sunday even though he was able to jump to the lead, from his 3rd starting position, and lead a handful of laps. He ultimately finished 3rd after losing 2nd with just 2 laps to go.

Jim Edwards (NASA)

The Steeda-prepped Mustang known as Thor competed in NASA Time Trials at Roebling Road April 14-15.  Roebling would be the 5th and 6th race for Time Trials for the year and we anticipated serious competition and we had it.  Thor had taken home two 1st places at Carolina Motorsports Park and a 2nd and 3rd at Road Atlanta in March so “he” was itching for a fight.

With a 1:23:325 time, Thor took 2nd places in both the Saturday and Sunday races and this was despite a pesky clutch that eventually gave way on Sunday afternoon.  However, the morning times were sufficient to hang onto 2nd place in both events.  Carolina Motorsports Park awaits the arrival of the Mighty Thor next month.

Boss 302 Performance Parts and Cars

It is no secret that the 2012 and 2013 Boss 302 Mustangs are outstanding performance machines from Ford Motor Company. Bred for the street and track, they are really great Mustangs that exhibit terrific driving manners and consistently reward their owner at every twist and turn they encounter.  Once the car was announced, it did not take long for the Steeda Team of Performance Engineers to thoroughly review the Boss 302’s driving dynamics, hardware, and powertrain and develop a comprehensive array of performance parts and accessories for the Boss 302 that take the Boss 302 to even greater levels of performance.  Not wanting to turn our back on owners of 2011 – 2012 5.0L powered Mustang GTs, we also kept a keen eye on a program of providing them with Steeda Boss 302 performance parts that can be retro-fitted to their cars so they also can benefit from the Boss Program we have.

Today, we offer the most comprehensive line of performance parts and accessories made under strict ISO 9001-2008 Certified Standards that are available anywhere.  Following is a summary of the specific parts that both Boss 302 and non-Boss owners can purchase to enhance their ride:

Contact our Performance Advisors on 954-960-0774 for additional information on how we can enhance Boss 302 and Mustang GT performance with our Boss 302 performance parts.

Racer Profile: Heins Motorsports Race-Ready 2012 Boss 302RS

Revealed at the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, this custom 2012 Mustang Boss 302RS is a purpose built race car that has been built from the ground up to be a fierce competitor in SCCA and NASA classes.  Every component and system has been designed or selected with a distinct aim, then assembled and installed with meticulous craftsmanship.  Finally, each individual element has been tuned with painstaking precision so that they all work seamlessly together — creating an aggressive racing machine that is much more than the sum of its parts.

This 2012 Mustang Boss 302 has been thoroughly modified to reduce weight, improve aerodynamics, and minimize lift at high speeds by use of a Steeda Autosports Q-Series functional Front Fascia, Hood, Rear Spoiler and Fascia.

The chassis has been thoughtfully designed and constructed to keep the wheels and tires in constant contact with the track surface whether accelerating down a straightaway or negotiating a chicane.  And this is where some serious hardware was added to provide a distinct racers advantage.  Modifications include a Steeda billet sway bar mount kit, Steeda race-only lower control arms, Steeda bumpsteer kit, Steeda Tokico D-Spec adjustable front and rear shocks, Steeda competition springs and a Steeda Watt’s Link rear suspension keep the driver in complete control in even the most challenging situations and also allow for fine-tuning to meet the unique demands of specific tracks or surface conditions.  The Nitto NT01 275/35 x 18” front tires and massive 315/30 x 18” rear tires are mounted to 18” forged alloy competition wheels and provide a firm grip to the road surface.

At the heart of this beast is an all-new Boss 302 4V V8 engine, the legendary Ford powerplant that is back and better than ever.  Based on the new 5.0L Mustang engine, this muscular small block V8 has been thoroughly redesigned and refined by Ford powertrain engineers to take advantage of 21st century technology. With careful tuning plus the addition of a Steeda Boss 302 cold air intake with our cool-tube technology, headers and race exhaust, power output approaches the magical 600 bhp mark!

The concept for this one-of-a-kind track-ready Pony was born from a passion for all-out performance.  It was designed based on years of real racing experience with an unyielding fervor for perfection.  As a result, the Mustang Boss 302RS from Heins Motorsports is ready to meet the demands of tracks around the country with the track tested and race proven performance parts from Steeda Autosports.

Look for a more detailed review of this car in future Steeda emails as well by major Mustang publications as we showcase the Steeda performance difference.  In addition, you can visit for detailed build photos of this car and see for yourself the various Steeda components that make this an ultimate Boss 302 for the track.

Enthusiast Profile: Customer Victor Klassen’s 2012 Boss 302 Laguna Seca

Recently we had another Boss 302 arrive at our shop who’s owner wanted more performance and even greater handling than what the stock Boss 302 Laguna Seca provided.  Much like we can do for any Mustang, we worked closely with the owner/driver and developed a modification plan for his specific needs.  In this instance, we performed the following modifications for owner Victor Klassen. The end result is a Boss 302 Laguna Seca that as Dario Orlando commented: “Completely transforms the car to an even greater level of overall performance and trackability”.

Modifications to his Boss 302 Laguna Seca included:

From race car, to track car, to street performance machine – Steeda Autosports has the Boss 302 performance upgrades you need for your Boss 302 or Mustang GT.

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John Urist & Steeda: Super Street Outlaw Champinions

Steeda sponsored driver John Urist won the NMRA Super Street Outlaw Series Championship for 2011 in a blistering final race at the World Championship Finals in Bowling Green Kentucky. The Super Street Outlaw was a thrill-fest from the word “go”. In qualifying, John “The Fireball” Urist cranked off a pair of 7.02-second elapsed times to take the number-one spot and set the new ET record. In eliminations, Urist never went slower than a 7.06 en route to the final round.  In the final round, as the tree dropped, Urist streaked to a 7.05-second victory. While the first six-second run wasn’t in the cards for Urist, he won his unprecedented seventh Super Street Outlaw title this year.

“John continues to dominate this highly competitive drag event every year.   The Steeda Autosports Team is proud to be a sponsor of John’s and contribute to his ongoing  racing success” commented Dario Orlando, CEO of Steeda Autosports.  “John outstanding success is indicative of the commitment that his race team and Steeda Autosports Team has towards dominating drag racing.”

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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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Racing & Winning – The Steeda Difference

For over 21 years, Steeda Autosports has been the undisputed leader in Mustang performance.  There simply is no other aftermarket manufacturer who has won more races, set more records, or won more championships than Steeda.  Vehicles with our performance parts and accessories have consistently outperformed and out gunned Shelby, Roush, and Saleen where it matter most – on the race track, at the dragstrip, and on the street.

With the 2010 race season over we can once again proclaim that racers using Steeda performance parts have maintained their competitive advantage by using Steeda performance parts.  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.

With our ISO 9001:2008 Certification – unique in the aftermarket/racing industry, we have a distinct competitive advantage compared to all other manufacturers.  Combined with our extensive testing we do on the race tracks and drag strips around the United States, we are able to consistently beat all other where it matters most – at the finish line!

While there are literally untold thousands of competitors using our parts any given weekend at the race track and drag strip, and hundreds of thousands of street performance enthusiasts that rely on us from corner to corner and stop light to stop light, we once again would like to congratulate a few of our drivers and teams that have done exceptionally well this season, including:

James Ray – 2010 Camaro-Mustang Challenge Champion

Tom Ellis – 5 Time SCCA American Sedan Champion

Robin Burnett – American Iron Champion

John Urist – 2010 NMRA Super Street Outlaw Champion

Jason von Kluge – 2010 Mustang Challenge Champion

Again, the real winner is you – the Ford performance enthusiast who trusts and relies on Steeda Autosports for all of their performance needs because the racing and testing we do ensures that the parts you buy from us are the best that they can be.  Remember:  Testing products on the race course either proves the theory or destroys the theory behind the part – that is why we race test all of our products as a final validation of our engineering and development.   With all of the engineering that can be done, we feel that we must take it to the track to test our parts under the most severe conditions possible – that way you can rest assured that quality and performance are guaranteed.

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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 

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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Steeda Racing Update

The 2010 race season is in full swing, and there are literally thousands of Mustangs on the racetrack and dragstrip every week that have their trust in Steeda performance products. For over 21 years – vehicles equipped with Steeda performance parts or sponsored by us have won more races and set more records than all other competitors combined. From SCCA American Sedan Racing, to NASA Camaro-Mustang Challenge Series, to even the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge, Steeda prepared/equipped/sponsored Mustangs have more top podium finishes than any other manufacturer in the business – proof that the race track is the ultimate proving grounds for Steeda products and your guarantee of maximum performance and product satisfaction.

Following is a brief summary of just a few of the many racers and enthusiasts that have their trust in Steeda Autosports this season and are having outstanding results:

Ford Racing Mustang Challenge – Jason von Kluge

Jason von Kluge, is the newest member of the Steeda Autosports Racing livery. At the most recent Ford Racing Mustang Challenge, Jason made it a perfect Hat Trick at the Virginia International Raceway by winning his third consecutive race of the 2010 Mustang Challenge Series is his Steeda Autosports sponsored FR500S Mustang.

So far this race season, Jason has won all three of this season’s races and has a very comfortable lead in this action packed all Mustang race series. Driving the No.19 JVK Motorsports Mustang, Jason von Kluge led the final three laps of the 45-minute race resulting in yet another top podium finish. In the previous two rounds of the Mustang Challenge, Jason completely dominated the qualifying sessions and the races, this time around the competition was even tougher, but Jason was in the lead when it mattered the most – at the end when the checkered flag was dropped and he record yet another win for a Steeda sponsored Mustang!

Jason von Klug is an enthusiastic 30 year old Ann Arbor Michigan native that has turned his love of racing into a highly successful endeavor. By combining his passion for motorsports, his driving skills, as well as his undying pursuit of perfection he has become a major front-runner in the highly competitive Mustang Challenge Series. Steeda Autosports is proud to be a sponsor of Jason von Klug and his JVK Motorsports racing program and wish him continued luck in his racing endeavors.

NASA Camaro – Mustang Challenge Racing Series – James Ray

It is safe to say that James Ray was seriously bitten by the performance bug back in 2008 when he took his “daily driver” – a 2007 Steeda Q400 to the race track and competed in a series of weekend events throughout the year. With the solid performance of his Steeda Mustang under his belt and the natural talent he acquired for winning, James captured the NASA Time Trial Championship in 2008.

Not wanting to sit still, James began preparing a “purpose built” race car to compete in the NASA Camaro-Mustang Challenge Series. The series rules require that the cars engine be basically stock, yet allows for required safety equipment and other minor modifications. But James and his son Taylor had a formula for success: Take a Ford Racing body-in-white and sprinkle in various parts from a salvaged 2007 Mustang GT, then season them with a host of Steeda suspension parts that are made in the USA. Put them all together and the end result is nothing short of spectacular: A highly competitive race-car capable of spanking the competition back to the starting line every time it races!

After a shake down weekend at Virginia International Raceway where he checked the car out at speed and verified it’s readiness, James made the trip last weekend to Carolina Motosports Park to compete in his very first NASA Southeast event.

The result: He qualified 1st in both Saturday’s and Sunday’s events, and when the checkered flag dropped – James recorded his first two victories finishing on top of the podium in his very first NASA-SE race weekend! All of this was done on a limited budget – proving that competitive racing is available to everyone.

Congratulations to James Ray and his son Taylor for once again showing how competitive a Mustang built with Steeda components can be. Look for James and his son Taylor at future NASA Southeast and Mid-Atlantic events events at Carolina Motorsports Park, Roebling Road, Charlotte Motor Speedway, VIR and Road Atlanta and other venues this year.

NASA Camaro – Mustang Challenge-2 Racing Series – Robin Burnett

Robin Burnett , the NASA’s National American Iron Champion in 2008 is still campaigning his #21 Steeda Mustang in the American Sedan Series this year, but he also has been diligently at work with the Steeda Team in preparing an all new 2010 Steeda Mustang for the highly competitive Camaro – Mustang Challenge-2 Series.

This racing series gives its members a place to race V-8 powered Camaros, Firebirds, and Mustangs that are closely regulated (e.g. evenly matched) in both power and handling in a national race series. This Series has brought together some of the best, close knit, competitive drivers found in the country and since the race cars are so evenly matched, the racing is some of the closest, most exciting, and challenging you will ever see.
Robin’s all-new race vehicle will be fully equipped with all of the latest Steeda performance gear the race regulations allow. With the intent of “winning all the marbles”, Robin and his race team are building one very serious contender. Some of the Steeda performance parts included in this race vehicle include:

  • Steeda Billet Swaybar Mount Kit
  • Steeda G-Trac Brace Kit
  • Steeda H.D. Race Engine Mounts
  • Steeda Bumpsteer Kit
  • Steeda Front Lower Control Arm Rear Bushing, Race Only
  • Steeda Billet Lower Control Arm Hardcore Racing
  • Steeda Double Bar Strut Tower Brace
  • Steeda Tri-Ax ® Shifter
  • Steeda Rear Ride Height Adjuster Kit 2005-2010 Mustang
  • Steeda/Tokico D-Spec adjustable Front & Rear shock Kit – ’05-’10
  • Steeda Brake Hose Kit

Robin’s latest track warrior will have it’s formal debut at the upcoming 2010 Camp Steeda at the famed Sebring International Raceway on May 21st -23rd. Following that debut, Robin will be campaigning both vehicles during the summer race season. Look for him at Putnam Park, Road Atlanta, Mid-Ohio, Virginia International & Miller Motorsport Park later this summer !

SCCA American Sedan Racing Series – Tom Ellis

Tom Ellis competes in the highly competitive SCCA American Sedan Racing Series. In the 2009 race season, in which he competed in 9 races that resulted in 7 wins, he won the Divisional Championship as well as the Nationwide Points Chase in which he had more race points than any other driver in the Nation. This solidified the facts leaving zero doubt that he indeed is an exceptional driver and has an exceptional race car – a Steeda Mustang.

The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) recognized his achievements of last season and proudly presented Tom with the Kimberly Cup Award at the SCCA Awards ceremony in Las Vegas for the most improved driver of the 2009 Race Season. At the ceremony, Tom expressed appreciation and gave thanks to the Teams at Steeda Autosports and Dansan Motorsports for preparing an exceptional race car.

So far this season, Tom is continuing his blistering pace of winning. To date in SCCA American Sedan competition, he finds himself solidly in first place in the standings and shows absolutely no signs of slowing down his aggressive competitive pace of winning for Steeda Autosports. Everyone at Steeda Autosports congratulates Tom for his outstanding 2009 season and wishes him the best for 2010. Tom and his #51 Steeda Mustang will be at the upcoming Camp Steeda at Sebring International Raceway – so make sure you drop by and congratulate Tom on his achievements and with a little bit of luck, he just might offer to give you the ride of your life around the track !

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