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Dayco Heats Up Drag Racing Scene with Team Sponsorships and New 8mm Blower Belt Technology

March 25, 2021 • 4 min read

March 25, 2021 – Dayco, a leading engine products and drive systems specialist for the automotive, industrial and aftermarket industries, announced four new partnerships for the 2021 drag racing season and the launch of an all-new blower belt technology from the company.

Drag Racing 2021In addition to its tried and true racing products like 11mm blower belts and harmonic balancers, Dayco is currently in the final testing stage of a new 8mm blower belt technology that will be used by drivers this season. Dayco’s blower belt was developed over the last two years in Top Fuel and Funny Car racing and will be available in June in the very popular 8mm pitch 1,600mm length used by so many teams in Pro-Mod and Top Alcohol classes.

In addition to debuting its 8mm blower belt, Dayco is sponsoring a number of teams and drivers, including:

Gillig Motorsports – Participating in a 16-race season between the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) and the National Muscle Car Association (NMCA) circuits, the Gillig Wagner team is eager to make its way into the Winner’s Circle with its Dayco-sponsored Oldsmobile – which will run with Dayco HT Power Plus Timing Belts and PowerBond by Dayco Race Performance Harmonic Balancers.

Seher Shultetus Racing – Fueled by a passion for small tire racing, the Michigan-based SSR team will race 10 times this season, between Milan Raceway, 131 Motorsports Park and Virginia Motorsports Park. Driving a shiny black 1979 Big Block Chevy Camaro, SSR is ready to compete at the highest level using Dayco HT Power Plus Timing Belts to drive its oil and fuel pumps, along with PowerBond by Dayco Race Performance Harmonic Balancers to help earn some wins.

Chris Duncan Race Cars – This well-known fabrication shop and tuner of Pro-Mod and Top Alcohol cars will outfit its dragsters with Dayco’s newest 8mm blower belt to help them perform under the most extreme conditions. With a hybrid carbon cord encapsulated in custom rubber compounds and patented low friction PTFE tooth fabric, Dayco racing blower belts are designed to withstand some of the highest dynamic loads in racing.

Watson Racing – Drivers Chuck Watson Sr. and Chuck Watson Jr. plan to compete at the SAMTech Factory Stock Showdown and NMCA Holley EFI Factory Super Cars, with the team’s two 2019 Cobra Jet Mustangs featuring Dayco belt and tensioner technology.

“We are eager to spend time at the track with these amazing teams,” said Dipesh Maniar, Dayco Racing Manager. “Developing technology for both race cars and everyday vehicles is a passion for Dayco. Not only do we get to use the track as real-world proof of performance and durability for new technology like our 8mm blower belt, but we get personal and raw performance feedback from the drivers. It’s the best real-world testing and validation out there.”

Since its inception in 1905, Dayco has had a long-standing history in racing, working directly with teams from around the globe that run some of the fastest vehicles in the world. The company prides itself on providing engineering support and application-specific technology – intended just for race vehicles.

About Dayco

Dayco is a global leader in the research, design, manufacture and distribution of essential engine drive systems and aftermarket services for automotive, truck, construction, agriculture and industrial applications.

Through our expertise in transferring power quietly and efficiently, Dayco has emerged as the leading global system solutions provider for hybrid electric vehicles.  Dayco’s 100+ years of experience in drive systems allows us to equip all customer applications around the world with the most effective drive systems to meet customer specific performance requirements.  Dayco’s world class global distribution network services the aftermarket industry with a full offering of kits and products to meet each local market’s need.  We accomplish this with a dedicated global team that respects one another, shows humility through continuous learning and acts like owners in everything we do.

Dayco has more than 40 locations in 21 countries and over 4,000 associates. For more information about Dayco, visit the Company’s website at

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