ProTorque Ramps Up Torque Converter Production at Boninfante Friction Facility

Philadelphia, PA – May 21, 2020 – PROTORQUE, leading manufacturer of performance torque converters for street and race cars, partnered with Boninfante Friction, the undisputed kings of high-horsepower clutch technology, in January of 2020. Now, production is quickly ramping up as both entities continue to collaborate under one roof.

While many businesses are currently challenged with shaky futures and economic uncertainty, ProTorque is ensuring growth for the company, its customers, and the racing industry – all while keeping manufacturing firmly based in the United States.

Moving ProTorque from its former home on Long Island in New York to Boninfante’s state-of-the-art facility in Pennsylvania took a significant amount of time and manpower. Government mandated regulations surrounding the Covid-19 outbreak and restrictions on operating procedures slowed the progress initially, but ProTorque’s founder Joe Rivera is keeping ProTorque moving forward while supporting American manufacturing. The global supply chain has also been affected by the pandemic, but both ProTorque and Boninfante are committed to finding unique, creative, and effective solutions to reduce delays.

Now, ProTorque’s operations are getting back to capacity. Rivera is hard at work hustling to get orders out the door while also focusing on research and development for new, innovative product lines.

Racers are encouraged to take advantage of the unexpected Coronavirus downtime and get their orders in as soon as possible so that they can be ready to go once racing resumes. To learn more, or to order, please visit ProTorque.com or call ProTorque directly at (631) 218-8700.  

About ProTorque: 
Since its inception in the ‘80s, ProTorque has focused on quality and quality has been the reason for its phenomenal growth and customer loyalty. In 2020, Joe Rivera from ProTorque moved into Boninfante Friction’s state of the art facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where all resources are devoted to motorsports and the development of high-performance products. For more information, visit online at www.ProTorque.com, “like” ProTorque on Facebook at facebook.com/ProTorque and follow ProTorque on Instagram at @ProTorque. Tag #TeamProTorque to be featured.

Contact: 
Joe Rivera | P: (631) 218-8700| E: sales@protorque.com | W: www.protorque.com

Media Contact: 
Ainsley Jacobs| P: (267) 738-2134 | E: ainsley@PTENmarketing.com | W: www.PTENmarketing.com | P.TEN Marketing

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NEOPMA to Resume 2020 Drag Racing Season at Maple Grove Raceway in PA on July 10-12

Long Island, NY – July 3, 2020 – THE NORTHEAST OUTLAW PRO MOD ASSOCIATION (NEOPMA), the longest-running Pro Modified drag racing association in the United States, will resume its 2020 racing season on July 10-12 at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pennsylvania, after a temporary hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

When the racing season came to an unexpected halt in early 2020, racers and sanctioning bodies alike were concerned about the ramifications and impacts to planned schedules including cancellations and postponements. John Mazzorana, Director of the NEOPMA, however, has been working relentlessly to ensure things got back on track as quickly as possible and that the excitement picked up right where it left off.

Prior to the pandemic, the NEOPMA kicked off its 2020 drag racing season with an eighth-mile format event at Cecil County Dragway in Rising Sun, Maryland, with 19 cars in the Pro Mod class and numerous entries running in the 3.6- to 3.8-second elapsed time range. Now, the NEOPMA is ready to resume racing at Maple Grove Raceway over the weekend of July 10-12 with a live feed of the action being broadcasted worldwide, and its racers are just as eager to get back to the track as 28 cars have already been pre-registered for the event.

Drivers such as Mike Achenbach, Joe Albrecht, Jim Bersani, Tom Blincoe, Ed Burnley, John Camp, John Cozzalli, Gary Courtier, John Decerbo, Matt Deitsch, Derrick Ford, Tyler Hard, Larry Higgenbotham, Andy Jensen, Alan Juhasz, Michael Lubuneski, Bill Marks, Dean Marinis/Harry Pappas, Kevin McCurdy, David Monday, Fifi Montrond, Tony Morrell, Dave Norris, George Papalexandrou, Fred Scriba, Casey Stemper, Chuck Ulsch, Derek Ward, and Wally Zalak have all already committed to being at the race, and it’s expected that even more will register within the coming weeks.

“After so much time off, we’re really looking forward to this upcoming race. The Coronavirus, its financial impacts, and recent protests have hurt New York as well as the rest of the country, and not having spectators at the track impacts both the bottom line and overall morale” shared Mazzorana candidly. “However, even with these unprecedented circumstances, we have 28 pre-registered attendees for Maple Grove and expect to also have a good number of cars testing on both Thursday and Friday. We can’t wait to get back at it!”

The NEOPMA group recently switched to an eighth-mile racing format and has seen a surge in newly registered racers as a result. The rejuvenated organization has garnered more interest than the former quarter-mile distance, with NEOPMA membership increasing from 34 to 46, while projections show an expectation to exceed 55+ Pro Mod racers. In 2019, the organization’s racers broke eight Pro Modified world records.

Parity amongst the Pro Mod power adder combinations is essential to the NEOPMA’s popularity as a sanctioning body. With rules blended from both the PDRA and NMCA, as well as a few small adjustments, the organization’s racers enjoy a level playing field while fans love seeing nitrous injected, supercharged, turbocharged, and ProCharged entries all competing side-by-side.

The NEOPMA 2020 drag racing season will continue after its stop at Maple Grove with additional events at Cecil County Dragway (July 31-August 1), Maryland International Raceway (August 21-22), a to-be-determined facility depending on Covid-19 availability (September 26-27), and again at Maryland International Raceway (October 9-10) to finish out the year.

About Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association (NEOPMA):

Established in 1992, the Northeast Pro Mod Association (NEOPMA) was originally known as the Northeast Pro Shootout Association. It was formed to provide local Pro-Mod racers the opportunity to provide entertainment for spectators, increase sponsor promotions and advertisement, and help tracks drive more spectator business. 20+ years later, our continued success is proven by its longevity and ongoing performance in this arena. Recently we expanded the Pro-Shootout to include outlaw cars, including turbo and naturally aspirated cars to provide a broader array of competition and fun for all. We now have a perfect blend of different types of cars, drivers and engine types to appeal to a broad diversity of racing fans. For more information, visit online at www.neoutlawpromods.com, “like” NEOPMA on Facebook at facebook.com/NEOPMA/ and follow the NEOPMA on Instagram at @neopma. Tag #NEOPMA to be featured.

Contact: 
John Mazzorana | P: (516) 857-3120| E: jfmazz@optonline.com | W: www.neoutlawpromods.com

Media Contact: 
Ainsley Jacobs| P: (267) 738-2134 | E: ainsley@PTENmarketing.com | W: www.PTENmarketing.com | P.TEN Marketing

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ProTorque Partners with Boninfante Friction

Philadelphia, PA – February 3, 2020 – PROTORQUE’s Joe Rivera has partnered with the “King of Clutches” and high-horsepower technology, Boninfante Friction, to up the ante on the market-leading line of ProTorque converters. This ensures growth and a bigger, better, badassier future for the company, its customers, and the racing industry.

Putting two of the performance industry’s premier minds of the “bellhousing” together in one place makes just as much sense as peanut butter and jelly, and the result is just as enticing. Honing their skills since adolescence and with similar backgrounds from having grown up in the industry, Rivera and Boninfante’s namesake, Rob Boninfante, each brings a lifetime of experience and proven performance as experts of their respective fields and crafts.

The decision was certainly an easy one to make for ProTorque’s Rivera, as he knew it was in the best interest of the company and of its racers to join forces with Boninfante to provide increased performance and technology.

Boninfante Friction, the world leader in friction clutch manufacturing for the motorsports market, has been involved in drag racing since 1988. Since then, the company has grown to support every single Top Fuel and Funny Car team in NHRA competition and has won every NHRA pro class championship since ’98. Boninfante’s recent move to making parts for automatic transmission racecars has been a natural progression over the last several years, and this union adds even more clout with Rivera providing the finest driveline parts in the world.

 

Boninfante is, unquestionably, the most trusted name when it comes to high-horsepower applications and handles nearly all of its machining and manufacturing completely in-house for a truly unparalleled quality control environment. From its contracts with top-tier aerospace entities to the United States government, Boninfante has proven time and time again to be at the absolute top of the game when it comes to performance and manufacturing.

By having access to Boninfante’s state of the art, world-class machining technology, ProTorque will be able to develop more innovative products, produce them more quickly, help racers win more races, and set bigger records.

“Boninfante handles more horsepower than anyone else, and it is a true honor to be working with a company of this caliber,” said Rivera. “The team at Boninfante is absolutely brilliant and we’re excited to start rolling. Get ready for an all new level of performance with ProTorque and expect to see many new products from this collaboration that will be born from Top Fuel technology. This is going to be epic!”

The collaboration between ProTorque’s Rivera and Boninfante is nothing new, as the two men have been working in support of one another for over 10 years. This new era for this brain trust of power transfer will become the epicenter of fluid dynamics development to carry automatic performance racing through the future with dominance. Already in effect as of January, 2020, more details will be forthcoming as the transition progresses.

To learn more, or to order, please visit www.ProTorque.com or call ProTorque directly at (631) 218-8700.

About ProTorque: 
Since its inception in the ‘80s, ProTorque has focused on quality and quality has been the reason for its phenomenal growth and customer loyalty. In 2020, Joe Rivera from ProTorque moved into Boninfante Friction’s state of the art facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where all resources are devoted to motorsports and the development of high-performance products. For more information, visit online at www.ProTorque.com, “like” ProTorque on Facebook at facebook.com/ProTorque and follow ProTorque on Instagram at @ProTorque. Tag #TeamProTorque to be featured.

Contact: 
Joe Rivera | P: (631) 218-8700| E: sales@protorque.com | W: www.protorque.com

Media Contact: 
Ainsley Jacobs| P: (267) 738-2134 | E: ainsley@PTENmarketing.com | W: www.PTENmarketing.com | P.TEN Marketing

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HQ Autosport & Shift Up Now Team Finishes Fourth at 2019 NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill Extreme Endurance Race

Napa Valley, CA – December 15, 2019 – HQ AUTOSPORT RACING, in collaboration with Shift Up Now, put in a valiant effort to finish fourth in the E2 class and tenth overall at the grueling 2019 NASA United States Air Force 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance extreme endurance race over the weekend of December 7-8, 2019 in Willows, California.

The HQ Racing team, having already secured the National Auto Sport Association’s Western Endurance Racing Championship (WERC) E2 points championship for the second year in a row, partnered with Shift Up Now, a collective of female racers using motorsports to inspire confidence and courage, for the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill event.

Together, the five drivers including multi-time class winner Travis Weltzien, BMW CCA HPDE instructor Peter Engels, Loni Unser of the legendary IndyCar Unser family, three-time road racing champion Michele Abbate, and Global MX-5 Cup competitor Sarah Montgomery, made team owners Rob Henretta (crew chief) and Paul Quattrocchi (team manager) proud with their impressive performances and perseverance as the group expertly piloted HQ Autosport’s 2008 BMW 128i through 591 laps and 1,667.8 miles over the 25-hour race period.

Pre-race prep ensured that the NASA E2 2008 BMW 128i was ready to run and its 3.0-liter N52B28 inline 6-cylinder engine, tuned by EPIC Motorsports, and BMW 6-speed manual transmission were ready to take some abuse. Montgomery took the wheel during qualifying and earned the team the P3 spot to start.

The race kicked off on Saturday in tough conditions as relentless rain, strong winds, and biting cold combined for an incredibly tricky racing surface with limited traction and tons of slick spots. In the first stint and on track with everything from prototypes to Miatas, an unexpected slip due to the treacherous conditions put the car deep into the grass and the team had to hustle to make up ground as a result.

By mid-day, though, the rain let up and the sun attempted to break through the clouds. There were a few incidents of mild contact, but HQ’s drivers kept at it and the car was no worse for the wear. As the sun set and evening loomed, the team was fourth in class and hurriedly working to close the gap.

Rain came back as the dark settled in, and the excitement picked with limited visibility and exhaustion setting in. Unsurprisingly, HQ’s drivers rallied and worked through the night. By Sunday morning, with the sun rising over the picturesque hills of California, the team had moved into third for the E2 class but the lead slipped away when a cracked rim forced an unscheduled pit stop and the course degraded into what resembled a mud rally.

The clock was ticking, and the “Mt. Everest of Motorsports” race was nearing its grand conclusion. Pushing hard for the final few stints, the HQ Autosport and Shift Up Now drivers put in monumental performances to bring the team back into the podium chase. With one hour to go, driver Engels pushed into third and fought hard to widen the gap and build a buffer while still chasing the next car ahead. The clocked ticked down, and the car in second was pushed off track, opening the door for Engels to advance into its spot but it was a real nail biter to see if he could get it done. Ten minutes remained, but a necessary splash-and-go fuel stop had put Engels back.

As the checkered flag fell on the final lap after an exhausting yet exciting event, Engels closed out the race and Henretta and Quattrocchi’s team went into the books having finished fourth in E2 and impressively tenth overall of the forty-one total entries – no team in the entire field climbed more positions than the HQ/SUN team did.

“Despite all the preparation, we were faced with unexpected problems, but each was resolved quickly and on the first try. From sound levels to horsepower to track conditions and tires, the drivers and crew stepped up, solved problems, and moved the team ahead,” said Henretta proudly of how his E2 team performed with zero penalties incurred throughout the entire race. “We beat all of the E0 and E1 cars, and all but one each of the ES and GT challenge.”

Congratulations to the entire HQ Autosport Racing team, also including Lynn Kehoe – Shift Up Now Founder & CEO, Karen Salvaggio – Shift Up Now President, Abel Robredo – HQ Autosport lead master technician, Matthew Kogan – HQ Autosport data analyst & spotter, Mandy McGee – Shift Up Now spotter, Narisa Masermsin – HQ Autosport team photographer, Ainsley Jacobs – Motorsports Marketing Strategist, Mitchell Pinnix – Shift Up Now pit crew, Jeremy Bligh – Shift Up Now pit crew, Anthony Philleo – Shift Up Now pit crew, Matt Weltzien – HQ Autosport pit crew, Carson Kolozsvari – HQ Autosport pit crew, and Eric Mott – HQ Autosport pit crew, on their fantastic finish at the 2019 NASA United States Air Force 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance. To learn more about HQ Autosport, please visit facebook.com/HQautosport. 

About HQ Autosport:
HQ Autosport is an amateur racing team focused on BMW endurance road racing. Owned by Rob Henretta and Paul Quattrocchi, two longtime friends with careers in IT/marketing who decided to turn their passion for road racing into a legitimate effort, the team competes in the National Auto Sport Association’s Western Endurance Racing Championship (WERC) series with their 2008 BMW 128i and secured the 2019 championship title with drivers Travis Weltzien and Peter Engels. Next, HQ Autosport will compete at the legendary NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill extreme endurance road racing event on December 7-8, 2019. Current team sponsors include Toyo Tires, Shift Up Now, Solely Bimmer, Bimmerworld, Blackbird Fabrication, Sampson Racing Communications (SRC), Autosport Labs, Motion Control Suspension (MCS), and Vorshlag Motorsports. For more information, visit and “like” HQ Autosport Racing on Facebook at facebook.com/HQautosport and follow HQ Autosport on Instagram at @HQautosport.

Contact: 
Rob Henretta | P: (949) 510-3089 | E: rob@hqautosport.com | W: www.HQautosport.com | HQ Autosport
Paul Quattrocchi | P: (619) 384-2265| E: paul@hqautosport.com | W: www.HQautosport.com | HQ Autosport

Media Contact: 
Ainsley Jacobs| P: (267) 738-2134 | E: ainsley@PTENmarketing.com | W: www.PTENmarketing.com | P.TEN Marketing

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Press Release: P.TEN Marketing Launches All-New ProTorque.com Website with eCommerce

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Alpharetta, Georgia – November 18, 2018 – P.TEN MARKETING (P.TEN) is proud to announce the launch of the all-new ProTorque.com mobile-friendly website with eCommerce for ProTorque Performance Products.

Headquartered in Medford, New York, ProTorque Performance Products is a manufacturer of high-performance and replacement torque converters that are used in many of the world’s quickest and fastest record-setting racecars.

ProTorque entrusted P.TEN to develop a new, modern website to replace their existing online presence. P.TEN worked closely with ProTorque to launch an industry-leading online store where customers can select and purchase torque converters quickly and easily. Intuitive menu structures and easy-to-follow navigation makes finding the right converter a painless process, and critical product performance factors are all displayed clearly. Technical information is paramount on the new website, and racers can submit their achievements to be featured online.

P.TEN also created a customized form which allows customers to input their vehicle’s specs so as to have ProTorque put together a custom-built torque converter that’s unique to their specific application. For those wanting an off-the-shelf unit, an interactive locator map allows visitors to find a ProTorque dealer near them.

Being accessible from mobile devices was also a critical component of the build, and the new ProTorque.com site functions flawlessly on desktops, tablets, and smartphones while still preserving eCommerce capabilities.

Additionally, the old website, which was not mobile-friendly and did not offer online sales functionality, contained a vast repository of ProTorque’s company history and important drag racing news. While developing the new website, P.TEN took care to make sure that every piece of content was transferred from the old site to the new one, so as to ensure that none of ProTorque’s impressive heritage was lost.

“P.TEN is honored to have the opportunity to develop the new ProTorque.com website and to give the company a truly badass online brand presence,” said Ainsley Jacobs, P.TEN’s founder. “We’re excited to open the door for ProTorque’s future growth, and are proud to represent a company that is so well respected.”

Now in its sixth year, P.TEN Marketing continues to expand its product offerings for its list of top-tier motorsports manufacturers and race teams. For those interested in partnering with P.TEN for marketing services, including website development, please visit www.PTENmarketing.com or call (646) 820-PTEN.

About ProTorque Performance Products
ProTorque Performance Products is committed to exceeding the needs of the high-performance market by providing innovative and record-setting torque converter products. With a full manufacturing facility, in-house research and development, and worldwide marketing and sales capabilities, ProTorque Performance Products’ unsurpassed quality has inspired phenomenal growth and customer loyalty. Learn more at www.ProTorque.com and LIKE ProTorque on Facebook at facebook.com/ProTorque.

About P.TEN Marketing (P.TEN)
Established in 2012 by industry expert Ainsley Jacobs, P.TEN Marketing specializes in marketing, PR, creative and graphic design, website development, print media production, and support services for the automotive and aftermarket communities. By mixing a passion for motorsports with traditional marketing expertise, P.TEN’s staff assists manufacturers, race teams, and facilities to streamline their marketing and branding efforts. Learn more at www.PTENmarketing.com and LIKE P.TEN on Facebook at facebook.com/PTENmarketing.

Media Contact:
Ainsley Jacobs
P.TEN Marketing
Phone: (646) 820-7836
Email: ainsley@PTENmarketing.com
Web: www.PTENmarketing.com

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Press Release: P.TEN Marketing Signs with ProTorque to Offer Marketing & Media Services

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Lilburn, Georgia – August 11, 2016 – P.TEN MARKETING (P.TEN) has teamed up with world-renowned torque converter manufacturer ProTorque Performance Products to provide marketing and media services.

Headquartered in Bohemia, New York, ProTorque Performance Products is a manufacturer of high-performance and replacement torque converters that are used in many of the world’s quickest and fastest record-setting racecars. ProTorque has signed with P.TEN to more effectively bring their products to market, handle their graphic design needs, manage the ProTorque website, and to help share the accolades and successes of their Team ProTorque drivers through its various social media channels and digital outlets.

P.TEN Marketing’s Ainsley Jacobs first met Joe Rivera, Jr. of ProTorque Performance Products in 2010 while working in the drag racing market. Both Jacobs and Rivera are originally from New York, and the two forged a friendship based on their mutual background as well as their shared passion for high performance.

After ProTorque Performance Products and their previous in-house marketing manager parted ways in early 2016, it was discovered that there was a void which needed to be filled. Known for producing high-quality work on a fast-paced timeline, P.TEN Marketing was selected by ProTorque Performance Products to step in and take over on multiple marketing, PR, graphic design, communication, and social media related projects.

“P.TEN is extremely proud to be working with a company as well respected as ProTorque, and with Joe’s outstanding team. They make a truly incredible product that proves itself time and time again, and we’re looking forward to being able to help grow and strengthen the awesome ProTorque brand even further,” said Jacobs. “We’re excited to give the ProTorque team more time to focus on developing the best converters possible.”

Now in its fourth year, P.TEN Marketing continues to expand its product offerings for its list of top-tier motorsports manufacturers and race teams. For those interested in partnering with P.TEN for marketing services, please visit www.PTENmarketing.com or call (646) 820-PTEN.

About ProTorque Performance Products
ProTorque Performance Products is committed to exceeding the needs of the high-performance market by providing innovative and record-setting torque converter products. With a full manufacturing facility, in-house research and development, and worldwide marketing and sales capabilities, ProTorque Performance Products’ unsurpassed quality has inspired phenomenal growth and customer loyalty. Learn more at www.ProTorque.com and LIKE ProTorque on Facebook at facebook.com/ProTorque.

About P.TEN Marketing (P.TEN)
Established in 2012 by industry expert Ainsley Jacobs, P.TEN Marketing specializes in marketing, PR, creative, website, and support services for the automotive community. By mixing a passion for motorsports with traditional marketing expertise, P.TEN’s staff assists manufacturers, race teams, and facilities to streamline their marketing and branding efforts. Learn more at www.PTENmarketing.com and LIKE P.TEN on Facebook at facebook.com/PTENmarketing.

Media Contact:
Ainsley Jacobs
P.TEN Marketing
Phone: (646) 820-7836
Email: ainsley@PTENmarketing.com
Web: www.PTENmarketing.com

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Vinny Ten Unveils New Nissan Drag Car, Prepares for 2016 Season

VINNY TEN RACING has officially unveiled the stunning new Nissan that well-respected and record-setting driver, Vinny Ten, will use to make his return to drag racing competition in 2016.

For over a quarter of a century, Ten has worked with turbocharged, multi-valve import engines and developed a reputation as one of the best when it comes to high-performance import cars.

Not just a builder and tuner, Ten also has a long and successful career as a driver. Ten made history behind the wheel of his Toyota Supra, and shattered more records with that one car than many will achieve in a lifetime. He drove both the world’s first six-second Nissan and the first 200+ mph Nissan. Ten also secured the IDRC Outlaw champion in 2003, and won two NHRA Wally trophies at Englishtown, New Jersey and Pomona, California. Ten found tremendous success both as a driver and as a builder in series such as NHRA, NOPI, and more. Over the years, his name has become synonymous with top-level import drag racing.

After taking time off to grow and develop his business, Vinny Ten Racing, which is located on Long Island and produces some of the quickest and fastest import cars in the nation, Ten decided to make his long-awaited and much anticipated triumphant return to drag racing.

Ten partnered with Massapequa Nissan for his new project, and a Nissan 350Z was selected as Ten’s platform. The chassis, which was built by the talented team at Vanishing Point Race Cars, was designed to Pro Mod class specs and features a 3.5L Nissan V6 motor which has been bored out to a 4.0L. The new car will receive a substantial boost of power from a set of twin turbochargers, and will run on a methanol fuel system. World-renowned racing tuner, Shane Tecklenburg, has been tapped to manage the Nissan’s high-end MoTeC system while Eric Luzinski has joined the team to manage the clutch and do chassis tuning.

“I think we’ll be able to get down into the low 6s with this setup. I have high hopes for this car, and I think that we can bring a lot of positive attention to the imports in a world that’s currently dominated by big block domestics. Just because it’s a foreign car doesn’t mean it can’t compete or run with the fastest in the world,” said Ten, whose primary goal is to safely re-legitimize import drag racing in the United States.

Ten’s new car was unveiled at a special event hosted by Massapequa Nissan in Seaford, New York on Sunday, November 15, 2015. The event drew a huge crowd of enthusiastic fans from all over Long Island and beyond, and featured great entertainment including an on-site car show and special autograph session with Ten.

Ten’s plans for the 2016 season include running at least half a dozen races, if not more. His focus will be on series like the North East Outlaw Pro Mod Association (NEOPMA), NHRA Competition Eliminator, PDRA, and large stand-alone events such as the wildly popular World Cup Finals: Imports vs Domestics event in Maryland.

About Vinny Ten Racing (VTR)
In business for over 25 years, Vinny Ten Racing, home of import drag racing legend Vinny Ten, is the East Coast’s premier automotive performance tuning shop and the East Coast Distributor of HYDRA EMS. Vinny and all of the techs at VTR know what it’s like to run factory backed race teams, build the quickest and fastest race cars, and develop any race engine platform available today. Learn more at www.VinnyTenRacing.com or like VTR on Facebook at www.fb.com/VTR.fan.page.

Import Legend Vinny Ten Returns to Drag Racing with New Nissan

VINNY TEN RACING has announced that the well-respected and record-setting driver, Vinny Ten, will make his return to drag racing competition in 2016.

For over a quarter of a century, Ten has worked with turbocharged, multi-valve import engines and developed a reputation as one of the best when it comes to high-performance import cars. He was the first U.S. engine builder to break the 1,000 horsepower barrier for import engines during the 1999-2000 season with a Toyota 2JZ inline-six.

Not just a builder and tuner, Ten also has a long and successful career as a driver. In import drag racing, he was the first to break the 12-, 11-, 10-, 9-, 8-, and 7-second mark with a Toyota Supra, and he was the first to break the 120, 130, 140, 150, 160, 170, 180, and 190 mph barriers as well. Ten drove both the world’s first six-second Nissan and the first 200+ mph Nissan. He was the IDRC Outlaw champion in 2003, and won two NHRA Wally trophies at Englishtown, New Jersey and Pomona, California. With multiple records and countless accolades to his name, Ten has also had tremendous success both as a driver and as a builder in series such as NHRA, NOPI, and more. Over the years, his name has become synonymous with top-level import drag racing.

After taking time off to focus on growing and developing his business, Vinny Ten Racing, which is located on Long Island and produces some of the quickest and fastest import cars in the nation, Ten has decided to make his long-awaited and much anticipated triumphant return to drag racing.

Ten partnered with Massapequa Nissan for his new project, and a Nissan 350Z was selected as Ten’s platform. The chassis, which was built by the talented team at Vanishing Point Race Cars, was designed to Pro Mod class specs and features a 3.5L Nissan V6 motor which has been bored out to a 4.0L. The new car will receive a substantial boost of power from a set of twin turbochargers, and will run on a methanol fuel system. World-renowned racing tuner, Shane Tecklenburg, has been tapped to manage the Nissan’s high-end MoTeC system while Eric Luzinski has joined the team to manage the clutch and do chassis tuning.

“I want to race with the very best even if I’m down two cylinders, and safely re-legitimize import racing,” said Ten. “I want to take this Massapequa Nissan car even further than I’ve ever gone before.”

Ten’s new car will be unveiled at a special event hosted by Massapequa Nissan, located at 3660 Sunrise Highway, Seaford, New York 11783 on Sunday, November 15, 2015. The event begins at 4:00pm EST, and fans can expect lots of great entertainment including an on-site car show and special autograph session with Ten.

Ten’s plans for the 2016 season include running at least half a dozen races, if not more. His focus will be on series like the North East Outlaw Pro Mod Association (NEOPMA), NHRA Competition Eliminator, PDRA, and large stand-alone events such as the wildly popular World Cup Finals: Imports vs Domestics event in Maryland.

About Vinny Ten Racing (VTR)
In business for over 25 years, Vinny Ten Racing, home of import drag racing legend Vinny Ten, is the East Coast’s premier automotive performance tuning shop and the East Coast Distributor of HYDRA EMS. Vinny and all of the techs at VTR know what it’s like to run factory backed race teams, build the quickest and fastest race cars, and develop any race engine platform available today. Learn more at www.VinnyTenRacing.com or like VTR on Facebook at www.fb.com/VTR.fan.page.

Real Pro Mod

RealProMod.com Re-launches Website with New Features

The Real Pro Mod (RPM) association re-launched its website today with a new look, new features and more updates on this growing group of racers. Fans can learn more about their favorite RPM drivers, find out who is making news and browse through photo galleries of RPM drivers at NHRA Pro Mod Series events.

The website was built and created by Ainsley Jacobs of P.TEN Marketing, which specializes in digital and web design for motorsports and performance aftermarket industry.

About RPM:
The Real Pro Mod (RPM) association was created by Pro Mod team owners and drivers to preserve and promote the future of this class of drag racing. With more than 3,000 horsepower, the suspended door Pro Mod cars travel the quarter mile in under six seconds and at speeds exceeding 250 mph.

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GTSport Racing: Baldwin Finishes Out Incredible Weekend With an Epic Win at PWC Round 4

Kennesaw, GA – April 27, 2014 – GTSPORT RACING ended the Pirelli World Challenge at Barber Motorsports Park weekend on a high note. Jack Baldwin, of Marietta, GA, lead from start to finish during Round 4 of the GTS class race in his #73 RESET-MD/Motul/StopTech Porsche Cayman S to clinch the win and score his second podium of the weekend.

Baldwin started from the pole after setting the fastest lap in Saturday’s Round 3 race in which he finished third. He held the lead from flag to flag for an amazing 29 consecutive laps during the 52-minute race. Baldwin also set the fastest lap time of Round 4 with his 1:31.937 best and an average speed of 90.061 MPH. Driving what could be described as the perfect race, Baldwin was ahead of the second place car by an astounding 4.782 seconds when he crossed the finish line.

“Yesterday we had a rough race and there was more work to do last night. We changed the setup, and today’s car was a completely different car. I’m so proud to be able to do this for the team. It’s just fantastic. I want to say thanks to all the fans and everyone who rooted for us, and never gave up on us. I’ve been racing for a long time, but this one I’ll definitely remember.” He continued on to say that “this is for the crew and all their hard work to get us to this point. It was truly a team endeavor, and if it weren’t for these guys, I wouldn’t have been able to race this weekend, let alone win. The entire GTSport racing team, Bob Sanderson and the Goldcrest Motorsports crew, along with Mike McConville and Magnum Collision, did an outstanding job – everyone pitched in and made this a real winning effort. We left St. Pete third in points, then left Long Beach in thirteenth. Now, thanks to the hard work of our crew, suppliers, supporters, and partners, we’re third again and back in the game!”

Buz McCall, of Boca Raton, FL, driver of the GTSport #72 RESET-MD/Motul/StopTech Porsche Cayman S had finished seventeenth in Round 3 the day before, and qualified in the twenty-second position. For Round 4, McCall utilized the knowledge gained during the previous race to deftly overcome car after car before he crossed the finish in fourteenth.

Despite the setbacks encountered over the past two weeks, the GTSport Racing team refused to give in; they rose to the occasion and transformed several unfortunate circumstances into the race weekend of a lifetime. Earning two pole position qualifiers, a third-place podium and ultimately a first-place victory, the team’s hard work and dedication has been justly rewarded.

Want to watch the GTSport Racing team in action for yourself? Catch up with them at one of the many Pirelli World Challenge races this season; the full schedule is posted at www.GTSportRacing.com.

About GTSport Racing:
The two-driver GTSport Racing team is committed to bringing a world class effort to the Pirelli World Challenge series. Jack Baldwin is a legend in American Sports Car Racing with wins in every series that he has competed in as well as victories at every major racetrack in the United States during his successful career that has spanned four decades. Buz McCall has over three decades of racing accomplishments, not only as a driver but also as a team owner of one of the most successful Trans-Am teams in American History, “American Equipment Racing”. For more information, visit the GTSport Racing team online at GTSportRacing.com and “like” them on Facebook at facebook.com/GTSportRacing!

Contact:
GTSport Racing
Ainsley Jacobs
P: (646) 820-7836
E: ainsley@PTENmarketing.com
GTSportRacing.com
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