May 13, 2014
Team Efforts Get Team Aruba First
Final of the Season
With no truck or trailer to transport
the Aruba.com Jerry Haas Mustang from
it’s shop in Union, S.C. to the PDRA
Georgia Drags, Team Aruba could have
easily been sidelined as they awaited
the arrival of their new hauler.
However, thanks to the generosity of
their chassis builder Jerry Haas, Team
Aruba not only made it to the Georgia
Drags, they made it all the way to the
final round. Haas did his part in
getting the beautiful, Aruba-themed
Extreme Pro Stock Mustang to the track
and Team Aruba did the rest.
Trevor Eman qualified fifth in the XPS
field with a 4.12. He took out number
four qualifier, North Carolina’s Jeff
Dobbins in round one. Then edged out
another Carolina racer, Richard
Penland, in a semi final round pedal
fest. The finals pitted Team Aruba
against Cary Goforth who won the PDRA
opener at Rockingham Dragway. Although
Eman posted a nice 4.167 run at 175.30
MPH, Goforth crossed the stripe first
with a 4.153 at 175.84 MPH.
“First and foremost, I need to
compliment my team,” thanked Eman.
“Everybody worked very hard, and we
can see the end result of that. Jerry
Haas Race Cars, Jon Kaase
Racing Engines, RAM Clutches, Braswell Carburetion and Penske Racing
Shocks have helped us with all the components and tools needed to have
a top performing Pro Stock Mustang.
"I and the rest of the team would like to extend our sincere gratitude
to Jerry Haas. After hearing that we sold our trailer and that we are
still waiting on delivery of our new one, he offered to carry our car
and equipment to Valdosta. So, without his transportation support, it
would have been rather difficult to even get to the race, let alone
make it to the final.
“Unfortunately, we didn't have [crew member] Bobby with us to share in
our successful weekend. He is leading a gospel group called the
Riverside Boys on a trip to Aruba for two nights of concerts. We will
catch up with Bobby and the group when we arrive back home and support
them during two nights of wonderful music they plan on performing for
people in Aruba.”
With the Georgia Drags under its belt, the PDRA is now just two races
old, but has won fans and followers across the industry. Team Aruba
was pleased with the efforts they saw at the Georgia Drags.
“A congratulations needs to go out the the entire PDRA crew and
staff,” commented Eman. “They did a wonderful job this weekend, it
being only the second PDRA event to take place so far. Rain came in
and caused racing to end on Saturday night, but they were able to pull
it together and complete the event on Sunday. Thanks in large part to
the Traction Twins, all competitors had a safe racing surface all
weekend long. In the entire facility this weekend I don't know if
there is anybody that could have worked harder than the Traction
Team Aruba had qualified on the pole at their last visit to South
Georgia Motorsports Park, but rain canceled the weekend before the
team had a chance to defend the pole in eliminations. Although the
team would surely have liked to have taken home the trophy at the
Georgia Drags, a runner up finish provided some satisfaction for their
unfinished business of 2013.
“It's another season, and we are still performing strong with the
support of Aruba and the Aruba Tourism Authority,” finished Eman. “We
cannot thank these two pillars enough for the support they provide us.
If it wasn't for the fact that we are racing to promote our island we
wouldn't have been able to do this for the tenth year now.”
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