From start to finish the 2013 season gave reason to celebrate for the Aruba.com / Alltel Wireless Extreme Pro Stock Team. The team entered their sixth professional racing season with renewed vigor and energy.
Team Aruba began the year with a semifinal finish at the ADRL season opener in Rockingham, N.C. They built upon that at the next event, the Georgia Drags, scoring their first ever number one qualifying position. Unfortunately, that race would be cancelled due to weather, but Team Aruba continued on undeterred. They earned their chance to defend their number one spot by going to the top once again at the Spring Drags. With weather cooperation this time, Team Aruba was determined to defend the number one, and that’s exactly what they did. Round by round, they took out a host of heavy hitters en route to their first Extreme Pro Stock victory. With this incredible season, the underdog team from Aruba was on a path of total domination, taking an early points lead by relayed driver Trevor Eman.
After all was said and done for the 2013 season, Team Aruba ended with a very respectable top five finish in ADRL Extreme Pro Stock points.
That we finished fifth in points and yet had a chance at the Championship up until the second round of the final event goes to show just how tight the XPS field was. We certainly would have loved to win the Championship, but we feel we ended the year very well. We ran a 4.02 at the World Finals, which was our best elapsed time to date and makes us the fastest naturally aspirated Ford in the country. We’re proud of that accomplishment and can’t wait to continue building on our successes for next season.
The team is looking to make very few changes in the off season, choosing to continue using the formula that led to so much success this season in 2014.
We’re wrapping up our year now and putting this Ford in a short hibernation, but we’re already busy with plans for next year. We’ll keep the same car, motor and team intact. We have a combination that works well and we want to keep moving forward. 2013 was an incredible year for our team. Our goal is to continue building on that and bring more trophies to Aruba next year, but for now we’re taking time to be thankful for all the many special moments we’ve had. To my team, our fans, our country - job well done on a year to remember!