Carpenter Racing Builds Road Race Success

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It has been said that drag race engine builders don’t build good road race motors and road race builders don’t build good drag race motors. Bob Carpenter of Carpenter Race Engines located in Berlin, New Jersey has dispelled this myth.

Bob Carpenter and Team Hooters Suzuki, an AMA PRO factory supported road race team, teamed up to compete in the 2003 AMA PRO Series 750cc Superstock Class on 2003 Suzuki GSXR750s and in the Pro Superbike Class aboard 2003 Suzuki GSXR1000s and had a truly successful season together.

Team Hooters Suzuki’s riders, Michael Ciccotto and Vincent Haskovec, started the season strong at Daytona with Haskovec claiming he had never ridden a legally built 750 with as much power and that it reminded him of the 1000s he had raced in the past.

The Team’s finishes only improved as the season progressed. With Ciccotto and Haskovec racing in the highly contested 750 Superstock Class against the likes of Josh Hayes of Attack Suzuki, Tommy Hayden of Factory Kawasaki, and Steve Rapp of Valvoline Suzuki, the Team scored an impressive nine (9) top five finishes in this class with Haskovec climbing the podium in Road Atlanta on May 17th for his first ever AMA PRO National win.

He then went on to step up to the podium 4 more times throughout the season. And, ended the 750 Superstock Championship points total in 3rd place.

In the more difficult and competitive AMA PRO Superbike Class, Carpenter’s motors again produced some of the highest numbers at the AMA PRO dyno amongst some of the others. Carpenter’s motors were designed to produce a strong power curve and strong horsepower numbers (typically 170-175 depending on track elevation), but most importantly was Bob’s desire to build reliable motors.

The Team did not suffer any racing related engine failures or DNFs and is proud to say that for the first time, the Team finished inside the top 10 of the AMA PRO Superbike Points Championship finishing 9th in the points.

In the Pro Superbike Class with the likes of Matt Mladin, Aaron Yates, Eric Bostrom, Miguel Duhamel, etc. the Team managed nine top ten finishes.

Team owner, Steve DeCamp, would like to express sincere thanks to Bob and everyone at Carpenter Racing Engines for a successful season. And, highly recommends Carpenter Race Engines to any and all individuals seeking meticulously built dependable road race or drag race motors that are assembled to the highest standards .

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