Went out to Irwindale Speedway last night for a little test and tune on the 1/8 mile strip. The car was running very consistant all night long in the 7.5x@94mph range.
Last night was the first night out with the new set up. 231/237 TSP Camshaft, Meziere Race EWP, power steering removed, Harlan 2-Step, and a few other Misc mods. Check Signature for complete list.
Toward the end of the night I pulled back into the staging lanes right behind an '04 Cobra Mustang. I had actually met the driver months back when the car was brand new. He watched my last run which was firstname.lastname@example.org and commented how close our two cars were. His last run was email@example.com.
After talking to him for a few minutes I found out his mods were an upgraded supercharger, 8.8" solid rear axel, M/T ET Streets, and a few other misc things. Basically both cars were very evenly matched. We both agreed to a friendly grudge match.
Due to a wreck we finally got to the burn out box about an hour later, and burn out we did.
The announcer yells into the microphone "CIG ALERT 605 FREEWAY!!!" We both smoked the tires so much a cloud of smoke hovered over the 605 freeway. I am in the left lane, Mustang in the right lane.
I put the car into 1st gear, clicked the button for the 2-step and prestaged. The Mustang prestages. The Mustang lights up the second bulb and I follow quickly after. I mashed the throttle and let the 2-step bring the car up to 5000rpm. Yellow, Yellow, Yellow, Side step the clutch and we're off.
The crappy ET Streets rip the front end off the ground and 20' later start to spin. I adjusted left slightly and kept the car as strait as I could. 6800rpm comes really quick and I stab the clutch and I rip it into second gear. 6800rpm comes quick once again and I rip it into 3rd. Seven and a half seconds later it is over. We were nose and nose the whole way down the track.
We both got off the track and the Mustang pulls up next to me. I yelled "TO CLOSE TO CALL?!?!?!" The driver of the Mustang yells back "NOW THAT IS RACING!!!!"
We both start down the return lane to pick up our time slips. The driver of the Mustang grabs his time slip and pulls off to the right hand side. I grab my time slip and it reads....
R/T - .520
60' - 1.71x
1/8 - 7.52x
MPH - 93.9xmph
R/T - .544
60' - 1.68x
1/8 - 7.51x
MPH - 94.3x
Left Lane 1st .018
I won on a hole shot! It was an awesome race. From the launch to the finish line no one could predict a winner. According to a friend of mine at the track, the crowd was on their feet for the end of the race.
The driver of the Mustang is a former F-Body owner and if he is on this board I wanted to say thanks for a great race, that was a lot of fun.