HECTOR ARANA JR. CONTINUES SPONSOR SEARCH, DISCUSSES 2022 OPTIONS
Veteran Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Hector Arana Jr. competed in four races in the 2021 NHRA season after his team lost its primary sponsor.
At his four events, Gainesville, Fla., Charlotte, N.C., Indianapolis and Dallas, Arana Jr. had success highlighted by his runner-up finish in Dallas.
Arana Jr. doesn’t have any definite racing plans in place for 2022, as it is a work in progress finding financial backing.
“As of right now we are still looking for sponsors,” Arana Jr. said. “We have a competitive package to offer. We can also offer, we have extra bikes so, if somebody wants to lease a bike or somebody wants to buy a bike and we supply the power for them, we have several options that are available if somebody wants to either join a competitive team or buy a competitive package. Say somebody wanted to have their own program but they needed somebody to do the motor work we could sell them the bike and the motor and perform the consistent updates and rebuild work as well. That’s available for someone who is interested.”
Arana Racing, based in Corydon, Ind., has three new Erik Buell Racing 1190RX body style Buells available not including Arana Jr’s bike. In 2017 at the U.S. Nationals in Indy, Arana Jr. debuted the new Erik Buell Racing 1190RX body style Buell and 2018 he began racing that body style fulltime.
At the 2018 season-opening race in Gainesville, Arana became the first Pro Stock Motorcycle rider to break the 200-mph barrier. He clocked a 6.937-second elapsed time at 200.23 mph during a qualifying session on March 16.
“We have a proven product for someone who is interested and the last race we went to in 2021 was Dallas and we qualified No. 4 and went 200 mph and made it to the finals,” Arana Jr. said. “We actually did well at all the races we went to in 2021. The EBR 1190RX body that everybody is running (now) is a body that was developed by Arana Racing. Matt Smith won his latest championship and set the speed record with that body work and Andrew Hines finally went 200 mph with that body work that was developed by Arana Racing.”
Arana Jr. has competed in his 156 career Pro Stock Motorcycle national events. He has 15 career wins, and 13 runner-up finishes and 22 No. 1 qualifying spots.
His father, Hector Arana Sr., runs Arana Racing with him. Arana Sr. won his lone NHRA PSM world championship in 2009. Hector Jr.’s career-best finish in the points was second in 2011, his rookie year.
Arana Sr. has competed in 326 NHRA national events and has seven national event wins with 16 runner-up performances.
“I have my actual job (as an operations supervisor at Curtiss-Wright in Long Island, N.Y.) and career but as far as the racing goes, I’m still focused on staying in shape and my dad still goes to the shop every night and works on the bikes to stay on top of our program,” Arana Jr. said.
The season-opening 2022 Pro Stock Motorcycle NHRA national event is the Gatornationals in Gainesville, March 10-13.
“Our plan is to be ready to go to Gainesville and if there’s something there we will go,” Arana Jr. said. “If not, we have an operation ready to go if someone wants to get involved.”
Parties interested in the Arana Racing program may contact Hector Arana Jr at [email protected]
“People can get in touch with me, and we can go from there,” Arana Jr. said.