Noakes Racing Announces Major New Partnership

The London-based Paul Noakes Top Alcohol Funny Car Racing Team is extremely proud to announce our new partnership with title sponsor Meritor, Inc., a leading global provider of commercial vehicle drive train systems…..

Meritor and Euclid products represent trusted aftermarket brands of quality; all makes replacement parts for commercial vehicle fleets and owner operators. Meritor Driveforce represents the company’s field sales and service organization comprised of more than 110 experts trained to support customer needs before, during and after the sale.

“We are really excited to be able to partner up with such an amazing company as Meritor,” said Ian Johnston, marketing manager for Noakes Racing. “Meritor is a great fit for drag racing when you look at the number of rigs hauling around all these race cars every weekend.

Noakes Racing has landed major new support from innovative company Meritor Inc.

Meritor and Euclid branded products have represented a significant part of my business over the years,” as Johnston is also the marketing manager for long-time Noakes sponsor Harman Heavy Vehicle Specialists, “and that’s why we are so excited to partner up with Meritor this year, their amazing support and top quality reputation.”

Everyone at the Paul Noakes Racing Team has been working tirelessly to get this season off to a great start. Along with new sponsors comes an all new look for the Noakes Racing TAFC Mustang. The new colour scheme and layout aren’t the only new things the team have been busy changing.

Paul Noakes

“We’ve made quite a few changes to the car and setup this year,” said Noakes as they prepare for the first race of the season. “We have a new supercharger program — a different PSI screw blower then last year and a new intake for our 526 Brad Anderson Hemi. We’ve changed out a few other systems on the car for a better overall setup but also had to do a number of safety updates to be NHRA ready.”

Although there are numerous additions to the Noakes Racing Team this season, many things have stayed the same at the team. “I’m really fortunate to have such great support from my team, crew chief and sponsors,” Paul acknowledged. “Les Mellows our crew chief and the whole crew of Tim Rice, Ben Rodgers, Randy Sackfield, even the folks at Harman HVS have been working so hard to get everything ready to go. We are all looking forward to a very exciting season this year”

Recently, following a weekend of testing at Grand Bend Motorplex, the team headed off to the NHRA LODRS Division 3 race at Norwalk Ohio.   They qualified 7th for that race (their first event out with their new engine combination) with a very promising 5.73 secs elapsed time at over 254 mph.  

For more information and to stay up-to-date on the Noakes Racing Team this season fans can visit:

About Meritor, Inc.: 

Meritor, Inc. is a leading global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets. With more than a 100-year legacy of providing innovative products that offer superior performance, efficiency and reliability, the company serves commercial truck, trailer, off-highway, defense, specialty and aftermarket customers in more than 70 countries. Meritor is based in Troy, Mich., United States, and is made up of more than 10,000 diverse employees who apply their knowledge and skills in manufacturing facilities, engineering centers, joint ventures, distribution centers and global offices in 19 countries. Common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol MTOR. 

For important information, visit the company’s website at:  

NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Cars are purpose built drag racing cars powered by a supercharged and fuel-injected 500-cubic inch engine but are restricted to the use of methanol (alcohol) fuel and have a three-speed transmission. Similar in physical appearance to their nitro-burning Funny Car counterparts, Top Alcohol Funny Cars feature basically the same chassis as the nitro cars and are fitted with the same carbon-fiber replica bodies that loosely resemble a production-based automobile. Top Alcohol Funny Cars are capable of quarter mile race performances in the 5.5 second range at more than 260 mph and offer some of the best side by side racing in all of motorsports.

Posted by: Tim Rice