Performance & Hotrod Business - May '15

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May 2015 n Performance & Hotrod Business n 39 past 24 years, we've had 100-percent of that business. Fast-forward to present times— IndyCar has shrunk and is now an all-spec car built by Dallara. The IndyCar spec for- mula took over in 2012. When that hap- pened, we decided to take our C&R brand to the high-performance aftermarket. We designed several cooling system modules for the popular muscle car brands like Mustangs, Camaros, Chevelles, etc. C&R was always a racing-only company with the exception of building the cooling for the Shelby Mustangs. We also did design and prototype work for Ford, GM and Denso. Carroll Shelby used to send their prototype projects to us—racing or street. We're fairly new to the HPA world, but have made a big mark already. We are known for our extremely high level of quality and performance with our after- market cooling. We're bringing many years of racing expertise to the street. PHB: What's a typical day like for you? CP: I'm in the office at 7 a.m. I start my day by checking emails and data dump with our managers and engineers. I spend a lot of time on the phone, too. I usually leave around 7 p.m. or after. Many days are spent traveling—going to race tracks and promoting our aftermarket business. A pit stop during the 1982 Indy 500. Chris Paulsen is on the rear wing, pushing Pancho Carter's car, which would finish third that year. Practicing for the 1982 Indy 500, Chris Paulsen was part of Pancho Carter's pit crew. Paulsen was chief mechanic for 1986 Indy 500 qualifier Johnny Rutherford. a mechanic and car builder. I started C&R Racing in December of 1988 as a machine and fab shop for the IndyCar teams. I also ran teams out of C&R for the three 500s: Indy, Michigan, and Pocono. In the beginning, we would build anything for an IndyCar—suspension components, machine parts, cooling sys- tems or just about anything else would be designed and built. We were also building a lot of components for Riley & Scott, the builder of choice for the Trans-Am chassis at that time. My little business grew very quickly. I ran IndyCar teams out of C&R and we ran good considering, at that time, IndyCar was the biggest racing series in America and very competitive. In, 1991we built our first NASCAR radiator for Steve Hmiel, the crew chief for Roush Racing. After that we built all the cooling for RCR and Dale Earnhardt. It was a new design and worked very well. Within three years, we took over the cooling sys- tem business in NASCAR. For many of the

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