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Infineon Raceway Formula 2000 Driver Training - April 2007
I completed this first day of driver training, and hope to return later this year and complete another 6 days of training to get my race license and qualify to compete in the Jim Russell Formula 3000 racing series - using cars with full slicks and wings. Even with these lower powered cars running street tires, 2gs of corning grip is available - which is hard on my neck after a few laps:
Mercedes E55 Street Burnout - 2004
Spinning the tires using 500 factory supercharged horsepower with Perry in the back seat
On the same day that the Mustang dragster (below) was being tested, I took my '04 E55 down the track for a quick pass (in 30 degree C heat) and it still put down a 12.4s @114mph time slip. I eventually bought street slicks for this car because it is possible to get them into the 11s in stock form that way, but I never ended up taking the E55 to the track again before selling the car.
Ford Mustang dragster during initial testing at Mission - 2004
This 403cid 2300hp supercharged and intercooled (helping tame 45psi of boost) dragster was absolutely wild - ultimately making a 6.7s @ 215mph pass, but on its first day of testing the compressor chain drive kept braking, and when it didn't, the car had no traction. The 'test & tune day' solution was to back off the timing to 15 degrees and kill a lot of power - but it still weaved all over the track - check out the tire marks on the track near the end of this video:
Competing in the NHRA Top Comp class at Mission Raceway
This is professional video footage that Larry Pfister of Horsepower Heaven took of our S-10 at the track
Initial footage of track testing and tuning our new S-10 at the track, as well as Don Murray's mean green '56 Vet.
Equipped with a 1340hp 580cid Steve Schmidt pro stock engine, this was a serious vehicle. We ran it with a 2 speed powerglide transmission for ease of maintenance, but if we had matched this 9800rpm engine with a 5 speed manual transmission (which is what these engines were designed for), it would have potentially have been a 6s @ 200mph dragster.
It is impossible to describe just how loud a top fueler really is - even at idle in the pits they are deafening. With 7000+hp these dragsters re-define the term 'power', going from zero to 330mph in 4.5 seconds, pulling 4gs (and -12gs when the chutes come out).
This video includes footage of the huge pit area, pro stock trucks, pro stock cars, top alcohol and top fuel dragsters.
For an article on what's involved in running a nitromethane powered top fueler, click here for the 2001 National Dragster Article 'Feeding a Fueler'.
For a great article comparing all sorts of different high performance vehicles to a top fueler, click here for the June 2000 Road & Track Article '1320 Shootout'.
Competing in the Fastest Street Car competition at Mission Raceway
This is professional video footage that Larry Pfister of Horsepower Heaven took of my Chevelle at the track
This car won 'Canada's Fastest Street Legal' title in the Super Street class in 2000, with 1300hp on tap (while passing BC's tough 'Air Care' test as well).
With lots of additional footage of other great 'street' cars and bikes racing as well - such as Don Murray's mean green '56 Vet that I sponsored in 2000
Check out the wicked street burnouts which literally worn out a set of expensive DOT drag tires in only 20 seconds of total usage - the very first time we had driven the car. The track testing was 'on the motor' only for most of the passes - hence the slower times until the end of the day when we tried a small spray of Nitrous to dip into the 9s.
At Ron Parr Automotive - this was the mild street version we initially built, which was Nitrous powered up to about 1000hp later in the 1999 racing season, and then rebuilt as a 548cid V8 with 1300hp for the 2000 racing season
A garage 'tour' of the car and its modifications, including the very interesting and high-tech (certainly ahead of its time) fuzzy logic boost controller
In-vehicle footage of the final 'race' at the end of a weekend of driver training
Geoff Yue shot this footage with an 8mm film camera (no sound)