Date: March 23, 2007
Mike Janis Has Career Day At Gatornationals, Now Looks Toward IHRA Championships
SOUTHFIELD, MICH., … Eaton sponsored drag racer Mike Janis originally planned to use the ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals, March 15-17 at the famously fast Gainesville, Fla. raceway, simply as a test session to prepare for the upcoming season. However, the two-time world champion ended up catching everyone’s attention by becoming only the fourth Pro Modified driver in United States history, and the sixth in the World, to make a sub-six second pass during competition.
"When we headed out to the Gators we had no on-track test time and figured we would go there and try to get a baseline for our main focus, the IHRA Championship, but things changed after our second pass down the track," Janis said. “The data began to show that we had a lot of car under us and it would be capable of some remarkable runs.”
Janis made a career best run of 6.012 seconds in qualifying and came back to beat that with another career best run of 5.964 seconds against Zach Barklage in the first round of competition.
He eventually lost in the second round to Mike Bell.
“We didn’t make the final but we can now head to San Antonio for the IHRA season opener with a great deal of confidence,” Janis said. “We had a great weekend and we’re really hopeful that we can build on it and get our third World Championship.”
Janis’ first stop toward the championship comes March 23-25 at the Amalie® Texas Nationals at San Antonio Raceway in San Antonio, Tex. For more information visit www.ihra.com.
Eaton has been the title sponsor of Mike Janis racing since 2003 and shared in the joy of winning the IHRA World Championship in 2004. Janis serves as an ambassador for Eaton in the competitive drag racing market and he also uses Eaton performance and racing components and serves as a technical adviser for improving our performance product portfolio.
For nearly a century, Eaton has strived to understand the needs of all types of drivers, in order to design and manufacture products that provide the best possible performance, fuel economy, emissions, safety and security. In addition to serving global vehicle manufactures, Eaton is also a leading manufacturer of performance products available in the automotive aftermarket through a network of qualified distributors and retailers. For more information, visit www.eatonperformance.com.
Eaton Corporation is a diversified industrial manufacturer with 2006 sales of $12.4 billion. Eaton is a global leader in electrical systems and components for power quality, distribution and control; fluid power systems and services for industrial, mobile and aircraft equipment; intelligent truck drivetrain systems for safety and fuel economy; and automotive engine air management systems, powertrain solutions and specialty controls for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has 60,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 125 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.
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