Second-year Pro Stock Motorcycle rider “Flyin’ Ryan” Oehler will challenge for the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series championship a slimmed down attack and complete with new marketing partners.

The team’s new chassis dyno is up and running, and the S&S powered EBR has shed 7 pounds over the winter.

“That’s a chunk,” said Oehler, who’s also lost weight via the “Steve Johnson Diet”—lots of broccoli.

“Steve’s been my mentor all winter. We’ve been back and forth in a lot of drawn-out conversations.”

The relationship between Oehler and Johnson will continue into the season as they pit together and focus their joint attention on some common problems.

“We’re workin’ all the angles. Brad (Ryan’s dad and engine builder “Bad” Brad Oehler) has been workin’ on the engines. His primary focus—as always—is the engine development program. Our new dyno room has been his Bat Cave all winter.”

Oehler has also entered into a development partnership with an unnamed but significant player.

“A major player,” Oehler added. “I can’t really talk about it right now. The wheels have really been turning in our horsepower development program, so that’s a good thing.

”And I’ve been busy on the business end of the team, working every day and making some progress.”

Oehler also has entered into a partnership with Bloomington-Normal, Illinois based web developer Cybernautic.

“They’re a major company, doing work for companies as big as Kellogg’s, and it turns out they’re right here in my hometown,” said Oehler. “So they’re building a new website for me and I’m really excited to be hooked up with them.”

While Cybernautic specializes in moving information, Oehler's other new partner — Over Kill Motorsports—provides race teams with luxury transportation products. Over Kill is a Florida-based company selling RV’s, motorhomes, toters, race trailers, and custom golf carts.

“OverKill is in the process of expanding to their new state of the art facility in Kingsland, Georgia, and are especially looking forward to getting back into NHRA and view this as a perfect opportunity to develop new exposure in 2019,” said Oehler. “Mitch (Over Kill president Mitchell Clary) and his team will be attending the Gators and are really looking forward to it since they’re just up the road, so stop by our pit and say hello to the Over Kill staff.

“Both of these companies can really benefit from a presence in NHRA, so it’s really cool to break the ice with them.

Oehler has also picked up sponsorship for Gainesville from the Manufacturers Cup motorcycle drag racing series, AKA “Man Cup,” as they work to promote their April race at nearby South Georgia Motorsports Park.

Oehler’s vast portfolio of 2018 sponsors will also continue into the new year, including High Performance Lubricants, Precision Plastic Products, the Birch Family, Gas Jockey Graphics, Fogler Signs, S&S, D&G Chassis, Bates Leathers, Worldwide Bearings, and AirTec, Inc.