Competition Plus Magazine has presented International Hot Rod Association President Aaron Polburn with the 2012 Mike Aiello Award and trophy.
Brian Wood, editorial director of the IHRA's Drag Review Magazine and a close friend of Aiello, made the presentation to Polburn last week at the IHRA headquarters at Norwalk, Ohio.
The Mike Aiello Award, referred to by the media as "The Spirit of Drag Racing Award," honors determination and the spirit to persevere and remain positive in spite of obstacles.
Polburn is the first sanctioning-body President and second from the IHRA ranks to receive the award. Past recipients include John Medlen, Tim Wilkerson, Mike Edwards, and Jack Beckman.
"I am the most blessed guy on earth. I look at this as my next great adventure and I truly mean that," Polburn wrote. "I will do whatever it takes to put the odds in my favor. . . . I will do it with great attitude and humor. This is not a death sentence. This is a lifestyle change although I am convinced it is not going to change that much."