In 2012, this high profile team will once again be providing ADRL fans with motorsports eye candy. On order for Berner is a 2012 RJ Race Carsâ€™ Camaro ZL1, a highly anticipated Pro Stock Camaro body that is being developed by Five Star and a team of the industryâ€™s leading chassis builders.
The other big news is that Berner will once again have a stunning Summit Racing Equipment paint scheme designed by GOS Motorsports Graphics. The dynamic design is the perfect compliment for the powerhouse team of Berner and Summit Racing Equipment, which will again be the primary sponsor in 2012 as the Berner/Summit relationship continues for the third straight year.
â€œI am thrilled to welcome Summit back for another year,â€ told Berner. â€œWe have a great partnership. Summit is an outstanding company, and I couldnâ€™t be more proud to represent them in ADRL Extreme Pro Stock. It has been truly amazing to witness the workings of Summit and get to know the company. Summit operations are outstanding in every area, which can be attributed to the great team of people. Jim Greenleaf and his team are some of the best in the business.â€
Also joining Berner onboard the Summit Racing Equipment Camaro will be associate sponsor RJ Race Cars. Rick Jones and his family are certainly no strangers to the Berner operation, either, having built numerous chassis for the team and even playing a major role in sponsorship in 2008 and 2009.
â€œRick and I have been friends for many years,â€ Berner said. â€œIâ€™m glad to welcome him back into the sponsorship role and look forward to working with him to test and develop chassis components. He and his team there at RJ Race Cars build winning, safe cars. Rickie (Jonesâ€™ son and ADRL Pro Nitrous driver) was in an unfortunate wreck at the last ADRL event. He came out of the accident without even a scratch. This just goes to show how safe RJ cars are. Rickie is a great driver, and I look forward to racing as a team in 2012 and beyond.â€
Rick Jones is thrilled to be building a new eye-catching Camaro for Berner.
â€œWe are looking forward to building Pete a new 2012 Camaro for Extreme Pro Stock,â€ added Rick Jones. â€œI feel he has a very good team and they run at the front of the pack. We are planning on testing some new products on Peteâ€™s car and getting some good feedback. We are excited about 2012 can’t wait for the season to get started.â€
Although Berner Racing may greet a few changes in 2012, there is one thing that will certainly not change and has not changed for the last 20 years. Bernerâ€™s relationship with RAM Clutches, spanning two decades, is one of nearly unheard of continuity within the ever-evolving world of drag racing. Berner has repeatedly proven the enormous potential of RAM Clutches, as they helped spur him on to two World Championships, as well as numerous event titles and top 10 finishes.
â€œI cannot say enough about Pat, Mike, John and the whole team at RAM,â€ Berner said. â€œThey are the best in the business, hands down. Over the years weâ€™ve grown more like family and I look forward to many, many more years together.â€
Further continuing relationships with Pete Berner Racing include Braswell Carburetors, Browell Bellhousings, Hoosier Tires, Penske Shocks, Bill Miller Engineering, Jesel Valvetrains, Weld Racing, Total Seal Rings and Diamond Pistons.
â€œI am truly blessed by our supporting manufacturers. Weâ€™ve been able to work with guys like Dave Braswell, Brian Browell, Faron and Steve at Hoosier, and many of our manufacturers to test and develop new and better components. Dave has been with me since my first Championship. Heâ€™s always working hard to get the next performance edge. Itâ€™s great to bounce ideas off of him not only for carburetors but technology in general. Itâ€™s a mutually beneficial relationship and weâ€™ve become more like friends over the years. The same goes for Faron and Steve from Hoosier. Weâ€™ve made great progress through testing and R&D. Theyâ€™ve got a great product and want to do what it takes to improve performance and keep racers safe. Theyâ€™re always here to support our team and I canâ€™t thank them enough.
â€œThese guys and all the manufacturers we work with want whatâ€™s best for the racers and are continually working to improve their product. We share that same mindset, so itâ€™s a perfect fit to work with these companies. I canâ€™t thank them enough for all they do for our program and racing overall. Itâ€™s great to have people like these on board.
â€œWith such a great team behind us, Iâ€™m expecting big things in 2012. Not only do I have a great team of sponsors and manufacturers, but I also have the best team in house. Jerry and Mike are making continual improvements to our engine program. The guys who work on the team always do a fantastic job and theyâ€™re as excited for next year as I am. I canâ€™t wait to get behind the wheel of our Summit Racing Equipment Camaro and go after that ADRL Championship!â€
(Photo by ADRL/Richards)