Speedteq-Ti announces technology partnership with Bernstein POMONA, Calif. -- Speedteq-Ti, an OTC publicly-traded company (symbol: SDTQ) making high-strength yet affordable titanium fasteners for racers and the automotive, motorcycle and marine...
Speedteq-Ti announces technology partnership with Bernstein
POMONA, Calif. -- Speedteq-Ti, an OTC publicly-traded company (symbol: SDTQ) making high-strength yet affordable titanium fasteners for racers and the automotive, motorcycle and marine aftermarket, today announced it will be a technology partner with six-time NHRA champion Kenny Bernstein's Budweiser King team. Brandon Bernstein drives the Budweiser/Lucas Oil 330 mph Top Fuel car in the 23-race NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, which opens this weekend at Pomona Raceway.
Speedteq-Ti's fasteners, which include bolts, nuts, socket caps, studs and washers, are made in America. The company has offices and a manufacturing facility in the Phoenix, Arizona, area.
Bradley C. Miller, Speedteq founder, has over 20 years of experience in the industry and professional motorsports and his companies have provided assorted equipment for Bernstein's racers during the last two decades. Miller said the association with Bernstein's famed Top Fuel team is a perfect way to demonstrate the many benefits of titanium fasteners, which include cost vs. performance, higher strength, lighter weight and safety.
As an example, Miller said there are 72 Speedteq-Ti fasteners per rear wheel (Weld Wheels) on the Top Fuel machine.
"The stresses on a Top Fuel car, which can run the quarter-mile in 4.5 seconds at over 330 mph, are enormous," explained Miller. "Ounce-for-ounce, titanium is stronger than steel, and is roughly twice as flexible as steel and corrosion resistant. Titanium's strength advantage allows bolts to weigh only 60 percent of comparable-strength steel bolts. Less weight equals increased performance.
"When you consider all of the benefits of titanium, it adds up to another very important point: safety," Miller concluded.
Kenny Bernstein is one of the sport's greatest legends and recently was announced as one of 12 nominees for "Newsmaker of the Half-Century" by the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association. He won six NHRA titles, four in the Funny Car class and two in Top Fuel, but perhaps is best known as "The King of Speed" after becoming the first driver to make a 300 mph quarter-mile pass in 1992. He retired after the 2002 season, but returned in '03 to sub for injured son Brandon, and won four times to bring his career total to 69 victories. He earned a reputation as a pioneer in the business of motorsports with 26 consecutive years of Budweiser sponsorship and other ventures. His teams also won the Indy 500 pole and NASCAR Cup and CART races.
"We've known Bradley for many years and are happy to be working with him again and with Speedteq-Ti," said Bernstein. "NHRA drag racing is extremely competitive and it's essential for our team to always be looking for every advantage we can find. We know titanium fasteners have certain advantages that can help our car perform and that's what this business is all about."
Miller said Speedteq plans an aggressive motorsports marketing effort in 2005, which will showcase the high performance of its titanium fasteners. Additional details will be announced in the near future.