THEY'RE NOT ALL CAMAROS - CHECK OUT THIS NEW NEW PRO STOCK MUSTANG
While NHRA Pro Stock has a large share of Chevrolet Camaros, it's the new Mustang to be driven by Cristian Cuadra that has rolled out of RJ Race Cars and Quarter-Max that will have everyone talking. The 2023 Mustang was built for Othell Welch, and Cuadra will look to put it in the Countdown to the Championship again.
Cuadra, the youngest of the three brothers in NHRA competition, drove his way to an eighth-place finish in the Pro Stock division in 2022. The Mustang will carry sponsorship from the family's Corral Boots brand.
Cristian, the youngest of the "Cuadra Boys," heads into 2023 with momentum from an eighth-place finish last season and continued support from Corral Boots, the Cuadra Family, and the Elite Motorsports team.
"The Cuadra family is very passionate about racing and we are very excited to see Cristian behind the wheel of an RJ car. Cristian is an impressive driver and we can't wait to watch him capture his first NHRA Pro Stock Wally, hopefully, it will happen this season in the new RJ car," said Rick Jones.
The Mustang is not a base model, as Jones has confirmed the slick piece has all the bells and whistles available. The rear suspension features a RJ custom built 11" fabricated 4130 rear end housing with Strange 2-piece axles and pro carbon fiber brakes, all Quarter-Max suspension featuring their Extreme 1/8" Adjustable Billet 4-Link Chassis Brackets, Extreme 2" Anti-Roll Bar, Extreme 1-1/4" Pro Series Wishbone, QM titanium 65" long wheelie bars with QM load cell, Race Star 63 Pro Forged rear wheels, and Penske Inerter rear shocks from Adam Lambert at Precision Racing Suspension.
The front suspension features Quarter-Max Threaded Adjustable Strut Cup Mounts with spherical bearings, Strange billet aluminum steering rack and pinion, PRS long travel pneumatic adjustable struts, Strange Front 4 Pistion Carbon Brakes, Weld V-Series front wheels with Goodyear tires. A fully loaded lightweight carbon fiber interior from Quarter-Max includes 46" carbon fiber wheel tubs, carbon flat sheet panels, carbon wraparound seat, carbon interior door handles, carbon transmission tunnel, and carbon belly pans. The cockpit features a Quarter-Max 12" carbon finish aluminum steering wheel, RJ extreme pro pedals with splined clutch pedal shaft, QM adjustable shift light mount, QM switch panel, QM titanium driveshaft tunnel, and enclosure loops, Simpson Platinum 7-point seat belts, and ISP safety head pads.
The car's exterior features an all-carbon fiber body from Five-Star Race Car Bodies with paint and graphics by SD Enterprises. Under the hood features a Frank Iaconio Racing Engines built NHRA Pro Stock legal 500 cubic-inch naturally aspirated 10,500 RPM engine that puts out about 1400 horsepower burning Sunoco Race Fuel managed by a Holley EFI ignition. Fresh air from the grill is supplied to the Holley throttle body via the carbon fiber K&N Pro Stock induction package. The fuel system consists of a 1-1/2 gallon Jaz fuel cell with an Aeromotive fuel pump, filter, and regulator. A highly optioned Racepak data system will provide over 50 channels of data from the engine, driveline, and suspension for the team to analyze every run.
The father and son chassis building team of Rick and Rickie Jones have a proven track record after having built the most recent championship-winning ride of Erica Enders, who scored ten national event victories in 13 final rounds. She also set the quickest pass in Pro Stock history since the class switched to electronic fuel injection in 2016 with a 6.450 in her RJ built Chevy Camaro. Team Elite teammates Aaron Stanfield and Troy Coughlin Jr both with had multiple national event wins during the season and finished 3rd and 4th in the standings. Last season in total, RJ customers took home the Pro Stock Wally an impressive 15 times out of 18 races.