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Sat, 18 Jun 2005, 06:55 PM

Mike Janis Addresses Disqualification From Mopar Canadian Nationals
Courtesy of Rob Kozak





ELMA, N.Y. -- After his semi-final win at the Mopar Canadian Nationals Mike Janis and his Eaton sponsored Pro Modified team thought they had a good chance of taking home their second win in a row but, after an inspection of Janis' fuel their thoughts of an Iron Man quickly faded. Every team must submit a fuel sample to IHRA officials after each run. The fuel is then checked for purity and specific gravity. Janis' fuel failed the specific gravity test and Janis was subsequently disqualified from competition.

"When the officials told us we were disqualified I couldn't believe it," said crew chief Mike Janis Jr. The only additive we have in our fuel is the heart and soul of our team".

After the Eaton team's disqualification the team members came to the assumption that the only possible contaminant in their fuel could be water. After a thorough investigation by the team one of the fuel jugs was found to be missing an o-ring seal on its cap. The missing o-ring combined with the high temperature and high humidity caused the methanol to absorb enough water to make the fuel's specific gravity too heavy.

The days following the disqualification were stressful for Janis and his team as Janis' family business, Jan-Cen Motorsports, was inundated with calls from customers, fans, fellow competitors, and several of Janis' sponsors, all with the same question. "What was in the fuel?"

Knowing that only water was in the fuel the Eaton team asked IHRA official Mike Baker to have further tests performed on the samples to help prove there was no wrong doing by Mike Janis and his Eaton sponsored team. "With all the calls coming in and rumors starting I just felt that we needed to let everyone know what exactly caused the disqualification. It was getting pretty intense. A local radio station has a member of DEI, Dale Earnhardt Inc., on during Monday morning drive time and he even brought up our DQ," said driver and team owner Mike Janis. For those reasons we pushed for the tests results as early as possible. Mike (Baker) and the IHRA officials were nothing but helpful through this process and I thank them for that. The last thing I want is to be thought of as a cheater".

The IHRA reported their findings on their web site (http://www.ihra.com/news/2005/june/14janisfuelclarification.htm) the Wednesday following the event clearing Janis and his team of any wrongdoing. In the statement from the IHRA it was noted that while no performance enhancers were found in the fuel the fuel was still considered illegal due to it's heavy specific gravity caused by the presence of water in the fuel.

"I am very pleased that the IHRA posted their findings in a prompt manner for everyone to see. I hope this puts to rest any notions of our team possibly cheating. If there is anyone out there who thinks otherwise I would like to invite him or her to come over and inspect our car at any time. All they would have to do is put up $100.00 and they can look at whatever they want. The money will be donated to the Jason Swayne Memorial fund," said Janis.





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