Residence: Milltown, Indiana
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Date of birth: September 17, 1958
Married: Wife, Grace
Sons: Hector Jr., Adam
Daughters: Amy, Abigail
Height/weight: 5'8", 155 lbs.
Hobbies: Cycling, horseback riding
HECTOR ARANA, SR.
Pro Stock Motorcycle
2017 motorcycle: Lucas Oil Buell
Crew chief: Hector Arana
Team owner: Hector Arana
Career wins/runner-up finishes: 7/23
2016 points finish: 10th
Best points finish: 1st (2009)
Playoff appearances: 7
First start: Indianapolis 1990
Career-best elapsed time: 6.777 seconds (Gainesville 2011)
Career-best speed: 199.35 mph (Englishtown, 2015)
2016 Season Highlights
- Raced to a runner-up finish at Gainesville
- Made the Countdown to the Championship for the eighth consecutive season
- 2015: Raced to victory at Atlanta and posted a runner-up finish In St. Louis
- 2015: Made the Countdown to the Championships for the seventh consecutive season
- 2014: Raced to two runner-up finishes; Made the Countdown to the Championship for the sixth consecutive season
- 2013: Finished fifth in the championship points standings; Raced to two runner-up finishes; Made the Countdown playoffs for the fifth consecutive season; Earned four No. 1 qualifying positions; Clocked career-best speed at St. Louis
- 2012: Raced to two-runner-up finishes and four No. 1 qualifying positions; Finished fourth in the points standings
- 2011: Made the playoffs for the third consecutive year; set the national E.T. record in Gainesville; Earned one No. 1 qualifying position; raced to five semifinal finishes
- 2010: Raced to five runner-up finishes; Qualified No. 1 six times; Made the playoffs for the second year in a row; Set career-best speed
- 2009: Won his first career Mello Yello Series world championship; Won a career-high five races; Won the prestigious U.S. Nationals for the first time in his career
- 2008: Earned his first career win (Norwalk); Had no DNQs for the first time in 11 years; Came within a round-win of qualifying for the NHRA playoffs
- 2007: Advanced to career-high three semifinals and earned eight round-wins, fourth-best total in his 18-year career
- 1998-2006: Ran a limited schedule of races and earned only two round-wins during this time period
- 1997: Finished in the top 10 for the fourth straight season (6th)
- 1996: Raced to a semifinal finish and posted his third consecutive top 10 points finish (5th)
- 1995: Earned six quarterfinal finishes; Finished ninth in points
- 1994: Posted one No. 1 qualifying position and one semifinal finish and his first top 10 points finish (6th)
Notable: Was joined by his two sons, Hector Arana Jr. and Adam Arana, for the 2013 and 2014 season; Master Technician for automobiles for 27 years
In the world of NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle racing, there are a handful of names that have more horsepower behind them than the others. One of those names is Arana. The patriarch of one of the most successful teams in the history of drag racing, Hector Arana Sr., is set to embark on his campaign to win the 2017 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championship alongside another one the sport’s most enduring icons, Lucas Oil.
Fan favorite Arana, 58, and Lucas Oil have forged a marketing partnership that exceeds similar support tenures throughout motorsports. Entering his 28th year holding the handlebars of a Pro Stock Motorcycle, Arana with his ever-present smile seeks more triumphs in his career, which is already the envy of many who have come before and certainly many who will come later.
Before the Lucas Oil branding adorned Arana’s two-wheeled mount and his racing leathers, it was a little-known lubricant company just getting started in California. Now, Lucas Oil is a worldwide leader in its industry and it continues to grow and evolve with a proven formula for success.
“Forrest (Lucas, Lucas Oil Founder and President) told me when we first got started together that as Lucas Oil grows, his sponsorship and commitment to our race team would also grow. He’s kept that promise to me, and that’s why we have one of the longest running sponsorships in motorsports.”
Arana, a Miami native of Puerto Rican-descent, has delivered on his responsibilities as the premier Lucas Oil ambassador as well. He took the Lucas Oil Buell to the world championship stage in 2009 and raced to victory that year at the world’s most prestigious drag racing event the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. He’s raced to national event winner’s circles seven times after appearing in 23 final rounds in his career. He’s reset numerous track and national records along the way. He’s qualified for NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship playoffs for eight consecutive seasons.
In 2011, Arana added a teammate to the Lucas Oil stable, his oldest son Hector Arana Jr. The proud father watched his namesake make an awe-inspiring debut with three national event wins, a second place finish in championship points, and receiving the Road to the Future Award, which signifies NHRA’s Rookie of the Year.
Father and son look to add more accolades to the family’s legacy in 2017 and beyond with no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
“Our next biggest milestone, and possibly the biggest milestone ever, will be to get a 200-mph timeslip,” Arana Sr. said. “Several riders have gotten close, including Hector Jr.’s 199.88 (Charlotte, 2015 – Fastest run in class history). I think we could see that elusive 200-mph run this year. I would ecstatic to be the first to do it on the Lucas Oil bike.”