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Phil Cocuzza Racks Up Success in Business and Racing Using K&N Products

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Phil Cocuzza's 2010 Chevy Cobalt
Phil Cocuzza's 2010 Chevy Cobalt
Like so many who personally participate in various forms of motorsports, Phil Cocuzza quite elegantly intertwines his business of thirty years, California Muscle Cars, right alongside his successful drag racing career.
NHRA National Event Racer Phil Cocuzza
NHRA National Event Racer Phil Cocuzza


Cocuzza currently wheels a 2010 Chevy Cobalt equipped with a 398 cubic inch power plant in NHRA Competition Eliminator ASMA class and coming into the 2011 season, he is presently an NHRA National Record Holder.

Racing since the mid-1960's, Cocuzza has competed in his current category for nearly the last two decades, during which time he has set twenty-four NHRA National Records in numerous classes with his various cars, not to mention the many "Best Appearing" and "Best Engineered" accolades. For 2011, he looks to build on those successes while remaining a little closer to home.
2010 NHRA National Record Holder Phil Cocuzza
2010 NHRA National Record Holder Phil Cocuzza


"We are for sure going to do as local as we can," Cocuzza explained when asked about his plans for the upcoming season. "Maybe Vegas the week before Pomona, but Pomona [National] for sure. We are really going to have to look and see, but we should be out about eight races this season."

"We would have had more NHRA National Events scheduled this year, but NHRA took Comp Eliminator out of three west coast events for 2011," he continued. "That really killed us. They pulled us out of races right here in our backyard."

Cocuzza has plenty to keep him busy in-between those events at his bustling shop in Acton, California, just thirty miles north-east of Van Nuys, where they offer everything from custom engine work to complete vehicle restoration. Many of the same products that he uses in his national record setting race program are also used in his customer's jobs, including offered from K&N Engineering.

"We have been using K&N products for a million years," chuckled Cocuzza. "Not only in our racing program, but in the engines that we build for our customers. Not just the K&N oil and air filters, but now we are also K&N's Racing Glue."

"The Racing Glue line has all types of products for various applications," noted Cocuzza. "There is a thread lock, and different sealants. They make a gasket compound, which is their own formulation of a silicone. There is a thread sealer in three different varieties of hardness, depending on what you need it for. In the kit there is a soft and a medium thread lock and then there is a full hard thread lock, like if you were putting in flywheel bolts or something like that."

"It's all really good stuff," he added. "It's a nice kit."

Again in 2011, K&N is offering contingency for Racing Glue Kits for sportsman competitors at NHRA National and Divisional events, in addition to the Oil and Air Filter programs. For more information on all the programs available visit - http://www.knfilters.com/contingency/NHRA.htm

Look for Cocuzza, and his wife Barb, as they will be hitting the 2011 NHRA race trail in the weeks to come in their K&N Racing Glue clad Cobalt.

Find K&N products for your vehicle using the K&N application search then use the K&N dealer search to find a K&N dealer in your part of the world.

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