Crane Lives Viola, WI
Wisconsin-based S&S Cycle acquired certain assets of Crane Cams, Inc. on May 7, 2009, including inventory, intellectual property, and trademarks for all Crane automotive and motorcycle electronic and valvetrain products. S&S intends to continue to sell Crane products through many existing distributors and dealers. To that end, S&S will establish a new facility in Daytona Beach, Florida, to manage the business and provide customer service and technical support. This new facility will be staffed by many of the same personnel that Crane customers have worked with in the past, providing as seamless a transition as possible. Check www.cranecams.com for updates.
SuperFlow Acquires Zoom Technology Des Moines, IA
SuperFlow Technologies Group recently announced that it has acquired the assets of Zoom Technology, Inc. In an agreement reached with Zoom, SuperFlow will take over all manufacturing, sales/marketing, and administrative operations for Zoom's product line, effective immediately. Zoom CEO Chris Hansen will relocate from Zoom's New Jersey facility to Des Moines, Iowa, to assist in the transition.
Zoom products are designed primarily to diagnose the automatic transmission before removing it for repair and include the Answermatic Valve Body Tester/Analyzer, AMI Hydraulic Circuit Analyzers, Sol-X Solenoid Test Systems, and the TranX 2000 Transmission Analyzer.
For more information visit www.superflow.com.
New Partner, New Goals For ASAEducational Series Daytona Beach, FL
In just its third year of operation the ASA Educational Series has retooled its management staff and developed an aggressive program of expansion for 2009. Dennis Huth, President of the American Speed Association, has joined ASA Educational Series founder Pete Raskovic as partner and the pair seek to build a nationwide program based on a successful model created at Raskovic's Wisconsin high school and Madison International Speedway, an ASA Member Track in Madison, Wisconsin.
The ASA Educational Series pairs high school students interested in pursuing a career in the automotive field with a local race team. Students are required to work a minimum of three hours in the team's shop during the week and at the track on race night with the end of season reward being a guaranteed scholarship valued from $1,500 to $25,000 to Ohio Technical College in Cleveland, Ohio. For more information visit www.madisoninternationalspeedway.com and click on the ASA Educational Series logo.
ASA Educational Series
Proposed Bill Could Outlaw Racetrack Camping Augusta, ME
A proposed bill in the state of Maine could outlaw overnight camping at the state's racetracks. Bill LD 114 was planned to protect state campgrounds from people camping at places such as Wal-Mart, but could also apply to racetracks, such as Oxford Plains Speedway, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, and others. Maine hosts several big short-track events, such at the TD Banknorth Oxford 250 and the PASS 300 at Beech Ridge every year. Concerned Maine racers should contact their State Representative.
Ford Joins IMCA ContingenyProgram Dearborn, MI
Drivers in the IMCA Modified and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car divisions with a Ford-manufactured powerplant under the hood are in the running for new contingency awards this season. Eligible drivers in either class winning a regional championship in 2009 pocket $1,000 cash prizes. Display of two Ford Racing decals and a driver's uniform patch is also required. For more information visit www.imca.com.
Sparks Joins CalliesFostoria, OH
Callies Performance Products is proud to announce that Jack Sparks has joined the company in the production of high-performance connecting rods. Recognized worldwide, Jack Sparks is an expert in the design, process development, and manufacture of connecting rods intended for severe duty applications. Having more than 30 years of manufacturing experience, Jack brings an extensive background in the metallurgy, and heat treatment of high alloy steels. Jack's new responsibilities will be to consult and oversee the design through manufacture development phases.