For some people, reaching the pro ranks of the NHRA is their calling.
But Adam Arana, in only his second year of competition in NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle, has an even higher – and noble – calling.
In a story Saturday by veteran drag racing writer Susan Wade on CompetitionPlus.com, Arana announced that he will leave the drag racing world at the end of this season to serve in the United States Coast Guard.
The son of veteran PSM racer Hector Arana and brother of budding two-wheel star Hector Jr., Adam is currently studying business at Indiana University Southeast.
While serving his country is a worthy task, the 23-year-old Arana will leave just when he’s starting to hit his stride atop his ProtectTheHarvest.com/MAVTV Buell motorcycle.
He earned his second career No. 1 qualifying effort a few weeks ago at Maple Grove (Pa.) Raceway.
He’ll start Sunday’s NHRA Toyota Nationals in the ninth qualifying spot.
As a rookie in 2013, Arana was runner-up in a race at Epping, N.H., and was also top qualifier at the Denver race.
He also qualified for the Countdown to the Championship, finishing the season 10th in the final standings.
Arana reports for Coast Guard training on Jan. 6, 2015, at Cape May, New Jersey.
Sunday will be his next-to-last NHRA race – at least for the foreseeable future. He will also compete in the season-ending finals at Pomona, Calif., Nov. 12-15.
“My main goal is to have fun,” Arana told Wade. “I only have two races left in my Pro Stock Motorcycle career. I normally have fun out here, but I really want to try to have as much fun as I possibly can.”
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