Steamfitters UA Local 602, located in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area, has renewed its partnership with the husband-and-wife Pro Stock Motorcycle team of Chris and Kelly Clontz for the fourth consecutive season. Clontz will make her season debut at the upcoming Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, the season-opening event in the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series.
“We are thrilled to continue to represent the Steamfitters UA Local 602,” said rider Kelly Clontz said. “Even amidst a pandemic, the Steamfitters UA Local 602 is strong and thriving. We appreciate their commitment to Kelly Clontz Racing and their support for our program’s success.”
The inception of the partnership began in 2018, which was the first full season for Clontz, who made her NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle debut in 2017. It was the strategic partnership between KCR and the Steamfitters UA Local 602 that allowed a part-time team to evolve into a full-time team and hopeful world championship contender.
“We wouldn’t be able to run a full season without them,” Clontz said. “This partnership allows us to invest in our on-track performance by upgrading to the [new] Vance & Hines four-valve engine to continue pursuing our ultimate goal of winning a championship. We know that Steamfitters UA Local 602 stands with our team 100%, and we are proud to meet the thousands of pipefitters across the United States, as we pursue a championship.”
The Steamfitters UA Local No. 602 represents the journeymen, apprentices, and helpers, who work in the heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, and process piping industry in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. Their members have installed, repaired, and maintained heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, and process piping systems in the Nation’s Capital and its surrounding areas for more than 100 Years.
“Once again, Steamfitters UA Local 602 is proud to partner with Kelly Clontz Racing,” said Daniel Loveless, Steamfitters UA Local 602 business manager. “Their team is exactly the image we wish for our membership; driven, goal-oriented, and team supported. We look forward to a prosperous season and the opportunity to share in their success.”
Clontz competed in all eight Pro Stock Motorcycle events held during the shortened 2020 season and finished 12th in the final points standings. Since her Professional debut, Clontz has appeared in 44 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series events.