Last week, Adam Arana took another step closer to making his NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle debut.
Arana, 21, did six test laps on a Buell at Lucas Oil Raceway last Wednesday in Indianapolis.
“He is getting more and more comfortable with the bike,” said Hector Arana Sr., Adam’s father. “He went 7.05 seconds at 189 mph. His lights seemed too good. His first light was a 24, then a 28, and then a 17, a 007 and a 001. He asked me ‘why are my lights getting better? I think I’m going to redlight.’ I told him to not worry about it because he is just getting more comfortable with the bike. That’s a good sign. Plus, he is able to tell me know what is happening and what is going on.”
Arana Sr. said Adam obtained his NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle license on July 2 at Chicago following the national event at Route 66 Raceway in the Windy City.
“He had not been back on the bike since we tested at Indy (last Wednesday),” Arana Sr. said.
Arana Sr. said the plan is for Adam to run a limited schedule in 2013.
“We have to find more funding for him to run a full schedule,” Arana Sr., said. “He will not run any races this season because the Countdown is starting and we need to concentrate on our program. I hate to add a third bike. We need to stay focused to try and win the championship.”
Arana Jr. and the elder Arana came to the U.S. Nationals third and fourth in the season points.
Arana Sr. spent part of Saturday at the U.S. Nationals trying to deal with the rainy weather. Arana Sr. and Adam’s other brother Adam, compete full-time on Lucas Oil-sponsored Buells.
“You get lazy and you think you have plenty of time then suddenly they can come around and say let’s go staging,” Arana Sr. said. “Then, you are running trying to get everything together and you pretty much had all the time to get everything ready.”
Arana Sr. also knows he can’t control the weather.
“We are just going to come to the track and see what happens,” Arana Sr. said. “I want the race to get over this weekend because I still have a couple of motors to finish before we go to Charlotte.”
The six race Countdown to the Championship begins Sept. 14-16 at Charlotte, N.C.
Arana Sr. and Hector Arana Jr. have been the closest to ending the Harley-Davidson domination. Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson riders Eddie Krawiec (six) and Andrew Hines (three) have combined to win all of NHRA’s Pro Stock Motorcycle events this season. Krawiec and Hines actually have won 11 races in a row dating back to the Las Vegas fall race.
“My son (Hector Jr.) learned something from Brainerd and we just have to stay focused,” Arana Sr. said. “We sure going to work hard and find something. We can’t let them go and win all the races this year.”
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