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Wed, 30 Dec 2015, 09:34 AM

Aruba Named "Official Vacation Destination of the IHRA" for Second Consecutive Year
Courtesy of Lisa Collier

ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- The warm, sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and welcoming faces of Aruba have won the hearts of many U.S. visitors. In recent years Aruba's own professional drag racing team, fielded by the Eman family, has championed 'The One Happy Island' among fans, race teams, sponsors and officials in various race organizations. Last year Aruba was named the Official Vacation Destination of the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA), a partnership which now continues for a second consecutive year into 2016.

"Team Aruba brings a lot of professionalism and integrity to IHRA Drag Racing," stated President of IHRA Motorsports, Scott Gardner. "They are very approachable and the fans are enthusiastic in supporting their racing. Additionally, they are very patriotic and passionate about Aruba and the great opportunities the country offers. Outstanding spokespeople, quality racing and truly the real deal that promotes Aruba as 'The One Happy Island' it is."

Throughout Team Aruba's time competing in the Pro Stock they have utilized a variety of outlets to promote Aruba as a vacation destination. From face-to-face invitations to mass media publications, the Emans and the rest of the crew for the Mustang are ambassadors for what is one of the top vacation spots in the world.

"Team Aruba has always aimed at promoting the website and Aruba as a tourist destination to everyone in the industry from the thousands of race fans at each event to race teams, staff and personnel, sponsors and companies associated with the industry," told pilot of the Mustang, Trevor Eman. "As is true in many aspects of the performance industry, working, traveling to, and competing and in IHRA events is very demanding. We all need chances to get away and refuel. We believe there is no better place to do that than Aruba.

"This is why Team Aruba made the connection with the IHRA to have Aruba be the Official Vacation Destination. When the season ending comes along, we can start thinking of white sand beaches and Aruba juice in our hands."

Many drivers, crews and their families have made Aruba a repeat vacation destination. Former Pro Stock World Champion, John Montecalvo and his wife Lois Anne, recently vacationed in Aruba, a spot they now go to frequently.

"Lois Anne and I have traveled extensively to many vacation destinations and by far, Aruba is our favorite," stated Montecalvo. "The weather is always good, never any hurricanes, and plenty of great restaurants. Everything is either in walking distance or a short drive away, and we have always felt safe traveling around the Island.

"Without a doubt it is the friendliest place that we have ever vacationed. We have highly recommended it to our family and friends. It truly is 'One Happy Island'."

As the Official Vacation Destination of the IHRA, information on visiting Aruba including travel plans from the U.S. to Aruba, will be available at each of the IHRA National Events in 2016. Stop by the highly visible and uniquely decorated Team Aruba pits to inquire about vacationing to the island paradise.

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