Hairston Motorsports & Racing Goes to Indy
Date: September 10, 2013
Author: John Gutheil
Indianapolis, IN (September 2013) – Hairston Motorsports and Racing and Elite Motorsports joined together and entered the HMR Small Block Twin Turbo Pontiac GTO at the 2013 U.S. Nationals running in the Competition Eliminator AA/AT class.
Clint graciously gave the driving duties up to Mike DePalma since grade points are required to enter a NHRA race. Of course Mike needs no introduction since he has been one of the most successful Competition Eliminator drivers around. Testing with Mike in the seat before Indy certainly showed that he was more than capable of handling the car even though the little GTO was “faster than anything I have ever driven by a bunch”, commented Mike. With Jake Hairston’s tuning skills and Mike’s driving the car qualified #1 running an incredible .926 under the 7.04 index (6.114 ET). Although confidence was running high that this was their race to win, the Semi-Final loss was hard to take. The car had been making great runs up until “uncontrollable” wheel spin caused Mike to abort the run. Our congratulations go to Jason Coan and his team for winning the race.
Hairston Motorsports & Racing gave special thanks to Lucas Oil for being their title sponsor this year and Elite Motorsports for making the Indy experience possible and their many other loyal sponsors; Pertronix Performance Brands, Duttweiler Performance, Precision Turbo, XS Power, Powermaster, Racepak, Hoosier Tire, K&N, Crower Clutches, Lenco, Comp Cams, Dart, T&D Machine, Scat crankshafts, Hogan Manifolds, Accufab, Jesel, Strange, Motive Gear, Inland Empire Driveline, SCE Gaskets, Starside Design, Specialty Fasteners, Russell, Brodix, Embee Performance Coatings and ARP for their continuing support. They also thanked their great crew including Doug Stewart, Tom Esbri, Tracy Holmes, Dustin Lee and Bill Hickok.
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