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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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One of the Fasted Naturally Aspirated Stangs Anywhere

David Stauder and Josh Klugger are men on a mission – the mission is to build one of the fastest naturally aspirated 3-Valve Mustangs – one that would easily break into the 11 second and even tap into the elusive 10 second range down the quarter mile.

Obviously, whenever you are building a serious go-fast drag car, every little speed trick matters.  When time is measured in hundredths of a second and speed is measured in hundredths of a mile per hour, everything must be dialed in perfectly or your speed dreams can be shattered.  In a naturally aspirated engine it is especially true that the airflow in and out of the engine needs to be the very best it can be, or you will just not achieve maximum engine performance.  Any restriction, turbulence, or even a strange nuance can adversely affect your engine’s peak performance and have a negative effect on your vehicle’s performance down the quarter.

David and Hurricane Performance, did an outstanding job building this go-fast pony.  They hand selected components and took absolutely no shortcuts in their quest for maximum performance.  When it came time for the induction system, they evaluated almost every Cold Air Intake available in the market today.  Running back-to-back dyno tests it became obvious that there was one Cold Air Intake that simply outperformed all others.  That Cold Air Intake was none other than the Steeda High Velocity Cold Air Intake.

Their choice does not surprise us because each and every cold air intake application we offer (1996 – current model years) is the result of exhaustive testing and engineering done under strict ISO 9001-2008 guidelines to ensure the highest level of performance, quality, drivability, and durability.  Most people do not realize is that while fundamentality most Cold Air Intakes may all look somewhat alike, in practicality there are HUGE DIFFERENCES in their actual on-car performance capabilities at different engine speeds. Rest assured that all Steeda Cold Air Intakes are extensively engineered with the latest computer simulation systems, and then exhaustively tested in real world high performance conditions on the dyno, street, racetrack, and dragstrip to be the best you can buy for your Ford performance vehicle.

David now has his sights on a brand new 2011 Mustang with the new 5.0L engine (having sold his current car recently to Josh at Hurricane Performance).  It is a very safe bet that his new car will also have a Steeda Cold Air Intake!

Recently Josh Klugger while piloting this naturally aspirated 2006 GT, won the Pro Sixteen Class at the Steeda sponsored Pony Wars held at South Georgia Motorsports Park.

A while back we released a detailed story of what goes into every Steeda Cold Air Intake.  In the interest of keeping everyone informed, following is a summary of the release entitled: “The Steeda Difference – Facts you should know before you buy a Cold Air intake”:

An increase in total airflow is a must for performance gains. After all, your engine is in simplest terms – an air pump fueled by gasoline. Key to performance is the fact that you need a low restrictive air filter that allows for the free flow of air but at the same time it must protect your engine from harmful contaminates. At Steeda, our proprietary air filter element walks the fine line between performance and protection to consistently deliver the increased volume of air your performance engine needs under all power conditions – from idle to full power, and yet maintains full protection, ensuring that only a clean air charge enters your engine. The Steeda Lifetime Filter can easily be cleaned and re-oiled, making maintenance a snap even for the novice.

This is perhaps one of the MAJOR differences in Cold Air Intakes as it is most often overlooked by other manufacturers – it is what separates Steeda from all other systems you can buy. With an increased airflow thru the inlet tube, any bend, restriction, rough surface, or change in the inlet tube diameter will create a change in air flow turbulence. No matter where this turbulence change occurs, it will affect the flow of incoming air that crosses your mass air meter and will send incorrect sensor signals to your engines engine control module – resulting in an incorrect air/fuel mixture being delivered into your engine. Oftentimes, an inept engineer or a shortcut in design will be made that will not take this into account by only focusing on airflow. At Steeda, using proprietary measuring and flow testing techniques, we evaluate the impact on turbulence throughout the entire inlet tube to ensure that the airflow into your engine is as smooth as possible thereby avoiding any potential wrongful mass air readings and undue flow restrictions.

Airbox Turbulence

Many manufactures concentrate on placing the inlet tube/air filter into the fender area of the car in an effort to avoid the heated air in the engine compartment thinking that is the principal issue at hand. While their intentions may be good, it is a practice that is shortsighted at best. At Steeda, we extensively evaluated ALL potential alternatives when we design our cold air intakes and their placement in a vehicle. Using the latest digital thermo sensors combined with our digital airflow and turbulence monitors, we have determined that placing the inlet in the fender area does not result in an overall improvement in engine performance – instead it actually robs you of your engines full horsepower potential. Placement of the inlet in the fender most often always causes additional bends and restrictions – extremely harmful to effective airflow. So harmful in fact that the purported benefit for placing the inlet tube inside the fender is wiped out by increased restrictions and turbulence. We design our intake and stainless steel heat shield to capture the coolest intake charge possible without compromises or penalties so that you get the maximum amount of power. Additionally, we employ our unique Cool Tube Technology to minimize potentially absorbed heat gain from the engine.

Air Filter
At Steeda we use only the best air filter media element available today. We have tested all brands and makes and have engineered a media element that is simply without equal. Sure, ours may cost slightly more, but when you cut through all of the hype – there is no better media element available – PERIOD.

The Steeda air filter element is a special state-of-the-art synthetic nano-fiber material specially constructed so that it that traps the smallest contamination particles that ordinary air filters simply cannot capture. Our filters are so good, that they capture particles that are smaller than 0.5 microns – far better than other competitive filters. There is a reason why Ford Motor Company chose Steeda air filters over all other filters for their Shelby GT program. Our filters are constructed using the finest materials available in the market today and with maximum airflow and maximum protection, you are guaranteed that the Steeda air-element is the best you can buy – PERIOD. All Steeda air filters are are 100% washable and reusable and come with a standard lifetime warranty – your guarantee of quality.

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Steeda Sponsors 2010 NMRA Real Street Class

Steeda Autosports has entered into an agreement with NMRA to sponsor for the 2010 Racing Season the Real Street Drag Racing Class. NMRA, is the #1 all-Ford motorsport drag racing series in the country features seven events around the U.S. and is the #1 all-Ford motorsport drag racing event. The NMRA has the most racers, fans and sponsors as well as the largest all-cash contingency program in Ford racing with over $3,500,000 awarded annually.

This Real Street drag racing class is predominantly for small block single power adder 1979 and newer Ford Fox chassis bodied and Ford powered vehicles. Real Street entries are limited to 302, 4.6L 2-valve and 3-valve Modular engine types. Vehicles racing in this series are allowed superchargers or nitrous for power adders as well as a variety of suspension and other performance upgrades (To check out specific class rules log on to for specific information).

The official name of the class will be the Steeda Real Street presented by 5.0 Mustang Magazine.

Every NMRA event is featured in 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords magazine, Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords, Mustang Monthly, Modified Mustang & Fords and Race Pages, the NMRA’s own in-house publication. All NMRA events are aired on national television on Inside Drag Racing, and on the web on

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Steeda Q650R: First Race – First Victory!

The Steeda Q650R – The ultimate performance Mustang bred for the race track had it’s first race this past weekend in the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) South Atlantic Road Race of Champions at the Palm Beach International Raceway.    This 2.034 mile world-class road course was the perfect stage for the ultimate performance Mustang to have its debut and the Q650R lived up to the challenge!  Personally driven by Steeda President and Founder Dario Orlando, the Q650R qualified first in class and had the competition looking at it’s rear bumper the entre race as it took First Place in its initial outing.

“The Steeda Q650R outperformed the competition with ease with its breathtaking performance,” said Dario Orlando, President of Steeda Autosports.  “From the 4.6L Vortech supercharged engine to it’s Nitto NT01 high performance tires, this race car develops all of the massive power needed to win races and the Nitto tires work perfectly in harmony with our suspension systems to plant that power to the ground with confidence.  No doubt, this is the ultimate performance Mustang.”

It should be noted that this race marked the first “official” race victory for the famed Steeda Watt’s Link Suspension System.  Developed and track tested under extreme close course testing conditions, the Steeda Watt’s Link Suspension System performed perfectly under the punishing Palm Beach International’s road course and delivered superior road holding capabilities with confidence.

Built undercover by the renown “Steeda Skunk Works Team” that is directed by the master mechanic/mastermind Steve Chichisola at Steeda Autosports, the Q650R serves as a rolling test bed for continuing refinement and development of our track tested and race proven performance parts and accessories – just another example of how Steeda Autosports continually pushes the envelope of Mustang performance for it’s performance craving customers.  And pushing the envelope was exactly what we did as the weekend’s race effort was not without drama.

Even though the car did qualify first in class, the car did suffer from a rear differential bearing failure. It is this type of severe punishment under adverse race conditions that we undertake to test our products unlike any other aftermarket manufacturer. Rest assured our Steve and our engineers are addressing the problem and once the cause of the problem is identified, it will be corrected and then incorporated into the performance parts and vehicles we produce so that you NEVER encounter a problem with your performance Mustang from Steeda Autosports.

Other key components performed perfectly as expected.  The Hawk brake pads never had a hint of brake fade as they were more than adequate at controlling the Q650R’s massive horsepower when needed.  The Tremec transmission controlled by the Steeda Tri-Ax shifter performed perfectly under the grueling pressure this winding road course presented by never missing a shift under extreme conditions.  All in all – it was more than just another victory for Steeda – it is an ongoing learning experience where our customers will benefit directly thru the quality of performance parts we develop and sell.

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Racer Spotlight – Tom Ellis

Regular readers of our Steeda News releases have heard about the many on-track racing accomplishments of Tom Ellis. For the last five years, Tom has been one of our hottest drivers piloting his #51 Steeda Q in the SCCA American Sedan Series. Now it is time to get up close and personal with Tom with our very first Video Enthusiast Spotlight. Learn how Tom got started in racing. What Tom and Dario Orlando have in common, and what Tom really thinks about his Steeda Mustang…

Up close and personal, this Video Enthusiast Spotlight is one definitely worth your time to watch. You can find it by clicking:

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Tom Ellis – 2009 SCCA American Sedan SE Division Champion

While it feels like the 2009 SCCA American Sedan racing season has really just begun, Tom Ellis has been hard at it this season winning 7 out of 8 races to clinch the SCCA American Sedan South East Division Championship title for the 2009 racing season! With the blistering pace Tom has maintained this season, he set yet another unbelievable record at the Daytona International Raceway when he shattered his previous record time with a new record time of 2:07.6 – no doubt this #51 Steeda Autosports prepared and maintained Q-Series Mustang is perfectly matched to Tom’s finely honed driving skills.

It is a perfect match of a high performance Steeda Mustang being controlled by a highly experienced driver and the end result is unstoppable victories and another championship. Keep in mind that Tom is a “weekend warrior”, not a professional driver, but his thirst for success, dedication to the sport, and his tenacity for the best results is the perfect formula for success.

The only time Tom did not finish in the top podium position was when he finished a very close 2nd place, when after leading the race, a $1 rocker arm stud broke robbing him of the ultimate power he needed. Suffice to say, that problem has been corrected and he has continued his winning championship ways. It just underscores why the Steeda Autosports Team continually track tests and races every weekend as we continually evolve our performance parts and accessories to be the very best possible. The race track is our proving ground where we test the latest performance products for you – our customer. Steeda‘s products are designed and engineered to be the very best possible, to offer uncompromising performance, and to exceed your every expectation.

While he has secured yet another championship, Tom Ellis will still be racing aggressively for the remainder of the season in high hopes of securing additional 1st place finishes as well as the overall national Championship in SCCA American Sedan. This weekend you will be able to see Tom up close and personal at the 2009 Camp Steeda at the famed Sebring International Raceway. Make sure you stop by and congratulate Tom and check out his championship Steeda Mustang in person.

Everyone at Steeda Autosports sincerely congratulates Tom Ellis for his commitment to the sport of racing and his continued championship ways!

Remember: Talk is cheap – only winning and breaking records count! If you want the most innovative and the best quality race proven parts you have only one choice – Steeda!

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Robin Burnett – Steeda 2008 American Iron Champion

Robin Burnett never dreamed that a date he was on in 1996 at Waterford Hills Raceway in suburban Detroit would would change his life. He ended up marrying that very special woman who shared his passion for racing and, with her support, eventually would become a National Racing Champion in a Steeda Mustang. Often called a “Cowboy” for driving antics, Robin understands it takes both an aggressive and a technical approach to be successful in racing.

The many race victories, records, and championships he has won all started with a Ford Fiesta with over 109,000 miles on the odometer when campaigned and won the 1987 local SCCA Improved Touring C class at Waterford Hills. From that very first championship, Robin was hooked on speed and the thrill of victory and has never stopped or looked back since. Ultimately when the Fiesta became a bit tired, he upped the ante, changed classes and upgraded to the Mustang platform and has consistently turned to Steeda Autosports for all his performance parts and accessories.

The very first Mustang he raced was a 1989 blue Mustang GT that was previously his daily driver, but also became his race car competing in the SCCA American Sedan Series. Over the years Robin has consistently adopted new stallions to his stable including a ’94 Cobra, ’99 Cobra, and his current ride, a 2005 Mustang GT – all fully equipped with Steeda performance parts – a requirement he says is mandatory to ensure his winning ways.

Robin’s accomplishments are many, ranging from Regional SCCA Champion in 1992 and 1993 to his current string of three (3) consecutive Regional Championships from 2005 thru 2007. In 2008, Robin became the NASA National Champion racing his red Steeda Q-Series Mustang against a host of many other hotly prepared vehicles. As a mater of fact, ever since Robin started running in the NASA National Championships, he has never failed to make the podium and consistently waves the Steeda championship banner!

The S197 pony he is racing today has a bevy of performance parts from Steeda Autosports and an ideal engine from Ford Racing Performance Parts. A inventory of the parts he has on the car includes our competition race wing, aerodynamic front facia, full coil over suspension, hardcore engine mounts, control arms, stay bars, and a custom Steeda brake package that provides maximum cooling. The list of Steeda parts goes on and on, just rest assured he is a rolling test bed for Steeda at every race he goes to. Also included for that special “go power” is the famed Ford Racing Performance Parts Boss 302 Stroker motor – a potent mandatory requirement if you want to be competitive in the NASA American Iron Class he regularly competes in. It should be noted that all of these parts are readily available for sale to anyone – they are not custom “one-of” parts, but rather “off the shelf parts” that you too can purchase by visiting

Robin’s daily driver today is a 2007 Mustang GT that also has a serious shot of Steeda improvements including a full Steeda suspension package and a few other performance tricks from Steeda. It seams like he just cannot limit his need for performance just to the race track!

This summer, in an effort to take the “Championship to the People”, Robin Burnett and his Steeda Mustang will be touring many other various tracks in the Eastern part of the United States to showcase his driving skills and his winning Steeda Q Mustang. In April he was at Virginia International Raceway where, in his first race of the season he chalked up another podium finish by qualifying and finishing first – a habit he has grown accustomed to !

Later, you will also be able to see him and his red Steeda Q as on this special tour at:

  • Sebring (June)
  • Mid-Ohio (August)
  • Road Atlanta (August)
  • Watkins Glen (October)

Everyone at Steeda Autosports is exceptionally proud that the 2008 NASA American Iron National Champion – Robin Burnett is racing again this season with his Steeda Autosport equipped Mustang. Proudly defending his championship and the Mustang badge of honor, Robin is a true champion!

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