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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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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