MAHLE Aftermarket is proud to announce a three-year partnership with the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) making Clevite engine bearings the official bearing of the IHRA. The announcement also reveals MAHLE’s Clevite Bonus Program, which provides special cash awards and presentations to major IHRA sportsman class winners at IHRA Nitro Jam events. The events took place as part of the Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour sponsored by AMSOIL.
“We are very excited to bring an outstanding company like MAHLE Aftermarket into the IHRA family,” said John Donaldson, IHRA Senior Director of Corporate Partnerships. “This is a relationship that will only grow over the next few years as MAHLE Aftermarket continues to expand the role of Clevite with the IHRA on a national level.” The Clevite Bonus Program was successfully underway in April 2014, with the last event wrapping up with awards and presentations at Cordova Dragway Park on July 19. The 2015 season reflected the full Clevite Bonus Program.
“We are so excited to be involved again with the IHRA through this great partnership,” said Bill McKnight, Training Manager at MAHLE Aftermarket Inc. “We are enthusiastic about this partnership and are committed to making this program even more successful by growing MAHLE involvement with IHRA.”
McKnight also explained that MAHLE wanted to broaden their Clevite involvement with sportsman racers at the IHRA. “Our first association with the IHRA was strictly with the nitro cars, so this time we decided to get more involved with the grassroots of the sport and recognize the winners of IHRA’s seven premier sportsman classes with a cash award and a special presentation.”
Clevite has been in the bearing business since 1919 when it first began operations in Cleveland, Ohio. Over the past 95 years, it has grown into a world leader in providing quality engine bearings. Clevite is the number one engine bearing in racing engines, a leader in NASCAR, as well as IHRA and NHRA drag racing. Owned by German automotive parts supplier MAHLE GmbH, Clevite continues to grow with research and operations centers in the United States and Rugby, England.
With its unique systems competence in the areas of engine systems, filtration, electrics/mechatronics, and thermal management, MAHLE ranks among the top three automotive systems suppliers worldwide. In the original equipment industry, MAHLE provides technologically innovative solutions for automotive, commercial vehicle, machinery, and other industrial applications. The Aftermarket business unit also serves the independent parts market with MAHLE products in OE quality. MAHLE has a local presence in all major world markets. In 2014, some 66,000 employees at approximately 150 production locations and ten major research and development centers are expected to generate sales of around ten billion euros.
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