ADRL Extreme Pro Stock racer Cale Aronson is at a crossroads with his driving career. Until he makes the decision whether or not to move forward any further with his operation, he’s finding a worthwhile diversion with Australian Pro Stock racing.
Aronson is working this weekend with Emilio and Adamo Spinozzi and engine builder Rino Conte on a car which is a former Jason Line Pontiac GTO.
“Rino does a really good job of making horsepower with his engines,” Aronson said. “Working with them mainly on gearing and a little chassis work … overall set-up. That’s been the main objective – getting the set-up right.”
Aronson befriended the Australian team by providing counsel on parts from the United States. One thing led to another and Aronson began assisting the team with the challenges of finding the right gearing and the parties agreed wholesale changes were needed to the combination to accommodate their objectives.
“They started changing a few things up,” Aronson said. “We made some pretty drastic changes including changes to the suspension, clutch and gearing. It changed the demeanor of the car and it was performing better. When it was all said and done, we picked up a tenth. They had the performance all along, it was just finding the right combination. The big difference is the number of runs they get to make when compared to what we get in the States.”
One wouldn’t think race combinations separated by nearly 400-cubic inches in displacement wouldn’t have much in common. Aronson says you be amazed.
“Surprisingly, it’s a lot of the same,” admitted Aronson. “It really comes down to everything from gear splits to just how everything transitions. I wouldn’t say I’m the know-all. But what I’ve found, is a lot of stuff is more bound up than it needs to be. Sometimes I don’t think they give their engines as much credit as they deserve. Freeing them up has made a lot of difference.”
“I’ve actually found more similarities between the Australian Pro Stock to the mountain motor stuff than there is to 500-inch racing.”
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