Steeda Racing Update

May 12, 2010 2:02 pm

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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