AMSOIL Joins 2001
Laughlin P.R.O.P. Tour
Official 2-Cycle Oil of
F-1 Power Boat Racing
AMSOIL Inc., the leader in synthetic lubricants, announces its partnership with the Laughlin P.R.O.P Tour. F-1 Power Boats offer race fans some of the most exciting racing on water. AMSOIL has agreed to sponsor the 2001 tour and provide the "Official 2-Cycle Oil".
This form of racing started in the 1960's. The sport became commonly known as Formula One in the 1980's. Boat modifications over the past 40 years have created today's fast tunnel hull boats. A typical boat weighs over 1000 pounds, has a 300+ horsepower motor and races at speeds in excess of 125 mph. The boats turn on a dime. They can change direction 90 degrees with drivers pulling over 5 G's of force over a 1 1/4 mile course. Drivers from Minnesota, Wisconsin and all over the country compete in the eight race P.R.O.P. Tour series which begins in Laughlin, NV in June and concludes at Cypress Gardens, FL in October.
Each stop on the P.R.O.P. Tour will be televised in prime time on ESPN 2 allowing the races to be seen in over 71 million households across the US and in 77 countries.
TEXAS TURBO Dragster Sets Records With AMSOIL
Gene Deputy, President of TEXAS TURBO ENGINEERING, Inc., designs and builds racing engines. He is also an excellent drag racer. For the extra edge he needs to win, Gene uses AMSOIL Lubricants in all his race cars.
"I have a 1989 Mustang GT with a TEXAS TURBO prepared turbocharged 5 liter engine. The car has set records all over the United States at various drag strips, and it runs a quarter mile time consistently around 10.43 seconds at 130 mph through the mufflers", Gene said. Gene added, "I use AMSOIL in both the rear end and the engine due to its lubricating properties that reduce friction, which translates into horsepower. The other reason I use AMSOIL Synthetic Lubricants is because of its higher resistance to 'coking'. I have to make hard runs, where the turbine wheel approaches around 1,700 deg. F. at 15 psi of boost. I don't have to leave the car running as long to circulate oil to cool the shaft since the coking point is higher. This means the engine has a longer cool down period for the next run."
The Mustang GT is also used for street driving, as the power seats, door locks, electric windows and stereo system are still intact. A real crowd pleaser, Gene's car has been in several magazines, including "Hot Rod". However, to keep the Mustang GT running at its competitive peak, Gene relies on AMSOIL Lubricants.
Michigan Driver First-Time AMSOIL User Grand Haven, Michigan's Scott Presley drives a stock car (No. 34) late model class at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Michigan. Even though he's a veteran driver, Scott decided to try something new for the 1991 season by using AMSOIL Lubricants for the first time.
"The car was able to go the entire race season without an oil change, something I wasn't able to say before", Scott said. Scott used AMSOIL 20W-50 Racing Oil in his engine, AMSOIL Automatic Transmission Fluid for his transmission, AMSOIL Synthetic Gear Lube for his rear end and AMSOIL Synthetic Grease for his suspension. During a 100-lap race, Scott tested his car - the hard way. The oil temperature rose to 300 deg. F., but trusting the AMSOIL 20W-50, Scott continued racing and finished third. If he had used his old lubricants, Scott would have dropped out if the temperature exceeded 240 deg. F. After the race, the oil was analyzed and found to be in good condition.
A top American Speed Association (ASA) driver drove Scott's car and was impressed with its power. Scott concluded, "I plan to continue with AMSOIL products next season with total confidence."
AMSOIL Keeps Floridian in Winner's Circle
Swamp Buggy Racing started in the Southeastern United States in the 1950's. The track is approximately one mile in length and filled with water. The track, appropriately called "Mile-O-Mud", has various turns and two deep holes, including the dreaded six-foot deep "Sippy Hole". Many competitors have a difficult time just finishing the course, so winning isn't as important.
One racer who has been competing and winning for over twenty years is Lonnie Chesser of Florida. He and his brother Bill, Lonnie's mechanic, switched from Valvoline Racing Oil, to AMSOIL Synthetic 20W-50 Racing Oil.
After an engine tear down, the brothers were convinced they had made the right choice.
Bill said, "We tore the engine down after five hard runs and couldn't believe what we saw. The bearings looked like they had been polished. There was virtually no wear in the engine. Even the magnetic drain plug didn't have a speck of metal on it!"
Lonnie added, "This type of racing is more severe on an engine than quarter-mile drag racing. When I cross the "Sippy Hole" at 100 mph, the rear wheels just paddle and the engine spins up to 9,000 rpm's. It's like throwing the stick into neutral and holding the pedal to the floor!"
Will Lonnie and Bill consider a switch back to Valvoline?
"From now on, we won't put anything else in the engine but AMSOIL", said Lonnie.
SCCA Spec Racer Wins Pacific Coast Championship With AMSOIL On-Board
It almost didn't happen because few people believed that one person could dominate a track so convincingly. But Mike Benzon, sponsored by California AMSOIL Dealers Charles and Peri Sutherland, dominated a race where all the cars are equal - except in motor oil.
A case may be made for being too good. Other racers were considering a protest, where Mike would be forced to tear down his engine. But after consulting an expert, the other racers were convinced no foul play was involved. (They would have had to pay for the cost of the tear-down had no tampering been found).
Mike's car was on the front cover of the October 1990 "Wheel's" magazine and broke an SCCA track record. If he finishes 9th or better in his next race, he is the 1990 Gran Champion. Mike donates his winnings to the American Leukemia Society.
AMSOIL Flyer Takes First Place At Reno National Championship
The recent National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada were exactly what veteran pilot Dan Mortenson expected. With the help of AMSOIL 20W-50 Racing Oil, Mortenson, a veteran racer, took home the gold in the Sport Biplane Class.
Early in the week, Mortenson was racing his Mong "AMSOIL Pacific Flyer" in a qualifying heat. The object of this qualifying race was to fly "all out" in order to reach the highest possible speed, thus assuring good positioning in the final race.
Mortenson's Pacific Flyer's 192.78 MPH was the fastest qualifying time. This alone was a great accomplishment, *but considering that he flew two laps while losing eight quarts of oil*, the accomplishment was amazing.
"While I was up there, the oil line broke and I lost all eight quarts of oil. I ran two laps like that and didn't even know it. When I landed, I finally noticed the drop in oil pressure; we checked the engine - it was still cool and there was no damage at all to the engine because of the AMSOIL Synthetic Oil. We just put in eight new quarts of 20W-50 and went on to win the gold later in the week."
Mortensen also noticed other benefits of AMSOIL Synthetics. His oil ran about 20 deg. F. cooler. Mortenson adds, "My engine temps never went over the redline!"
After winning the National Championship Sport Biplane Class in 1990, will Dan Mortenson try to repeat in '91? "No, I'm looking for new mountains to climb. Cafe racing is next on my list of things to try. It's sort of like a road rally for planes. It's an efficiency race judged on a point system. AMSOIL Products are ideal for this - they offer at least 10% decrease in fuel consumption. In a race where high speeds at the greatest efficiency are key, AMSOIL will make the difference."
Dicus-Drennen Race Team Dominates The Field With AMSOIL!
Danny Dicus, his father and Clint Drennen dominated the Southern Alabama Stock Car racing scene last year, ('90). This highly successful racing team uses AMSOIL SAE 40 Racing Oil, 75W-90 Gear Lube and Multi-Purpose Synthetic Grease.
Clint Drennen won several feature "pure stock" races and set the South Alabama Motor Speedway Qualification Speed Record with a run of 20.12 seconds. This track is over 17 years old. He took first place in the "1990 Rattlesnake 150" and attributes the win to the outstanding acceleration of his AMSOIL-equipped car. Dicus, a first-time driver racing the Monter Carlo, continually placed in the top six in a competitive field.
In 1989, Clint Drennen raced the Monte Carlo for an estimated 3,000 laps, ***with the engine oil being changed only once in the entire season.*** When the engine was torn down after a broken push rod, only minor wear was noted on the bearings. The machine shop ***returned the engine block with the comment that the cylinder wear was negligible and that a cylinder bore was unnecessary.*** Clint placed second in Southern Alabama in 1989.
North Carolina Racer Finds Success With AMSOIL
James B. Hill of Asheboro, North Carolina runs a stock car that uses AMSOIL 20W-50 Racing Oil, 75W-90 Gear Lube, and AMSOIL Multi-Purpose Grease.
"We had fantastic results with AMSOIL!" writes James. "We never had a blown motor the entire season. Although we missed the first five races, we won four races and were placed third in overall points. We have built another car this winter, a 1990 Grand Prix, and we will be racing the two cars, each in a different division. We will run AMSOIL in both!"
SCCA Racer Finishes With No Oil Pressure!
Bob Gregory of Granger, Indiana drives in the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Spec Racer Class. AMSOIL 10W-30 protects the car's 1.7-litre Renault transverse mounted rear engine, and AMSOIL 75W-90 protects the four speed manual transmission.
During the 1992 season, Bob was forced to drive a 20-lap race with a reading of zero on the oil pressure gauge. "I ran the entire race with no oil pressure and probably no oil being supplied to the engine parts", recalled Bob.
After finishing the race, Bob feared he had destroyed the engine. Instead, upon further inspection, Bob discovered that his bearings looked like new. He reassembled the engine, and now it is used in an introductory racing program.
AMSOIL Gives Sprint Car Faster Times
Chuck Gardner of Honolulu, Hawaii first used AMSOIL in the 1970's while winning four American Power Boat Association (APBA) national championships in outboard tunnel boat racing. Since 1982, he has been a winning sprint car racer. Chuck feels AMSOIL gives him an edge over the competition.
"AMSOIL provides me with slightly faster times on the race track", he explained. "Also, one of my biggest advantages in boat racing was the long lasting dependability AMSOIL had given my racing equipment." The Ford engine in Chuck's sprint car uses AMSOIL 20W-50, and the rear end and transmission use AMSOIL 75W-90. When he was in boat racing, chuck used AMSOIL 100:1 2-Cycle Oil. "AMSOIL gives my engines and other equipment increased longevity", he said.