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K&N Air Flow Engineer/NHRA Top Comp Class Driver Jonathan Fiello Off to Good Start
“I race to have fun, but I really race to win,” said K&N Project Engineer and Top Comp Class driver Jonathan Fiello. The 25-year-old Yucaipa, California resident has been in the game for 9 years. Jonathan’s most recent race was the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series: Division 7 at the Firebird Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona.
Jonathan Fiello's 2003 Undercover Dragster
Jonathan Fiello at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway 2006
“I was 8 out of forty-eight in the Top Comp Class,” said Jonathan. “I lost second round because I broke a starter in the stadium lanes. I was really upset because the car was running so good.” Jonathan drives a 2003 undercover dragster with a 635 cubic inch big bock Chevrolet. It is fuel injected on alcohol and runs about 1200 horsepower. His dragster’s wheel base is 230 inches long.
Jonathan runs K&N’s valve covered breather filters, K&N nozzle filters (
) and K&N’s big block Chevy oil filters. “Since I run the motor on methanol we have to change the oil filter frequently,” he said. “When we redo the engine and pull the oil pan out we noticed it stays clean, it’s unreal.” Jonathan said K&N oil filters are a key component for his motor.
K&N Fuel Injection Line Air Filters (
) are a unique way to protect a high performance engine from contaminants through aeration holes in the fuel injection nozzles. These filters slip onto the injector nozzle and protect the aeration hole from dust and debris. Sold individually, these filters have a 1 ¼ outside diameter and a 1 1/16 height and fit securely over ¼ to ½ fuel injection nozzles.
“My job at K&N helps me with racing. I have a degree in engineering, but I come to work and love to study air flow,” said Jonathan. “I also listen to the people I work with at K&N and go home and see what new knowledge I can apply to my engine.”
K&N Engineering’s premium Performance Gold Oil Filter has many features to satisfy the demands of racers such as drilled safety wire holes for racing, heavy duty construction and a sturdy one-inch wrench nut to make oil filter removal quick and easy. “We just jack the car up and plop it off,” said Jonathan. “It’s so easy to remove, that it has taken me as little as 3 minutes, very awesome.”
Jonathan’s said his last two years of racing have been his best. “In 2004 I won the championship for the southern California Super Eliminator Series,” he said. “In 2005 I finished second in the Mike’s Transmission Top Comp races in Las Vegas, Nevada. I missed the championship by ten points, and that was a heartbreaker.”
Jonathan’s racing team is a family affair. His brother Daniel and father Nick are part of Fiello Racing. “I love to work on the car, it is relaxing and so much fun,” Jonathan said. “For me, it’s the love of racing.”
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K&N Engineering, Inc., with headquarters in Riverside, California, has been the world''s leader in performance filter technology since 1969, serving the needs of the automotive, motorcycle, marine, industrial and military markets. K&N is heavily involved in nearly every form of motorsports from off-road and powersports to drag racing, stock cars and road racing. For more information about K&N Filters, please contact K&N Engineering, Inc., P.O. Box 1329, Riverside, CA 92502-1329, (800) 213-4182 for a dealer near you, (800) 858-3333 for technical service/questions, (951) 826-4001 Fax, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.knfilters.com.
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