UNION, S.C. March 11, 2015: The Aruba.com Drag Race Team from the ‘One Happy Island’ has headed back north to kick off their 2015 race season. This year the team will be back contesting their fast Ford Mustang with the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA). IHRA will venture to Baton Rouge, La. March 13-14 for the Mardi Gras Nationals. Driver Trevor Eman and his crew will join the increasing number of Mountain Motor Pro Stocks who are returning to the organization that gave birth to the class.
To gear up for their season opener, Team Aruba recently tested at Union Dragway, a facility located just a few miles from their Union, SC based shop. “We flew into Union, SC last Thursday,” told Eman. “On Saturday we went to our home track for a little ‘shakedown’. It’s very nice to have a track so close to our shop. In a very short period of time we can load the race car, drive out to Union County Dragway, make a couple of runs and be back home to unload the race car.”
With a quick test session in the books and more prepping at the shop, Team Aruba began making the trek to Louisiana to join the Mardi Gras Nationals festivities.
“Thursday night the IHRA will be having a small Mardi Gras celebration at the track that we are looking forward to,” Eman continued. “Perhaps we can bring a little bit of Aruba flavor by mixing up some of the popular ‘Aruba Ariba’ drink that everyone enjoys.
“All in all we have a well prepared race car for this weekend’s race. The Aruba.com Mustang is ready for the quarter-mile where we hope to see some fast numbers and go some rounds.”
Besides wanting to get a good start to the season, Eman and team are also hoping for a good showing in celebration of Aruba National Anthem and Flag Day on March 18. No matter how many hours the team logs on American soil, their roots are firmly set in their island home, and they enjoy nothing more than bringing new fans to a paradise vacation.
“As usual, we will have our Aruba information booth set up where all our fans can come by and pick up any information they would like about Aruba, together with some free souvenirs,” Eman explained. The Aruba.com pit area is always colorful, indicitive of the One Happy Island and it’s friendly natives.
“We’re looking forward to connecting with new and old fans at the IHRA this season. I hope they all stop by our pit area and say hello. It’s sure to be a good time down in Louisiana!”