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Old 06-05-2005, 09:02 PM   #1
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Thumbs up ATS Sponsored Hyde takes first Drag Event victory!



I entered the Import Survival Series race today at Englishtown's Raceway Park. Hyde was entered in the turbo 4 cylinder class for FWD & RWD cars with one power adder. There were 12 entrants and they only took an 8 car field. I qualified 7th with a 12.2 (missed 2nd).

Let me first give a huge thanks to Jeff Condon (crimsonmkii and Justin a.k.a. humpthefridge). I picked up Hyde yesterday from the head gasket replacement and he was no longer overheating but he was sputting awful under boost. It turned out to be a bad 200K+ mile coil and ignitor. crimsonMKII drove all across New Jersey to Justin's house to pick up the coil LATE last night. Justin supplied the donor coil/ignitor then crimson drove al lthe way down to Englishtown to get the parts to me. This completely resolved my problems! ... This community rocks ... I can't believe how much everyone has been getting behind Hyde and supporting the effort. I truly would have been lost without these nice MR2ers!

I would also like to thank JD Singh for putting Cindy and I up for the night.
You rock JD! (the offical JHRacing photographer!).

Back to the racing: I managed two 1.6's in the 60' today, a 1.71 and a higher 1.7 without a burnout. One of my 1.6s was at only 13 psi of boost (forgot to turn on the boost controller).

Over all the day was kind of a mess for me. I was at the MR2 Hooter's meet rather late and got up rather early which plagued me with mistakes throughout the day. First I forgot to turn on the boost controller so I only ran 13 psi of boost which netted a 12.5 @ 110 with a 1.6 in the 60'.

Then I forgot to actually turn on the line lock on a run which resulted in Hyde just lunging forward and flubbing the burn out.

It was stinking hot and everyone was running rather poorly.

First round I was racing a 9 sec civic that was having issues and was hitting low 11s. We launched, I hit a 1.7 to his 1.9 and he broke bad ... I went onto a 12.2 (missed 2nd again). So I was in the semi-finals.

Semi-finals I was up against another low 11/high 10 second Civic.
His R/T was .363 to my .496 ... but I hit a 1.68 in the 60' to his 1.785.
He missed 2nd gear and I was gone. I actually considered getting out of the the throttle because I was so far ahead and I wanted to not push Hyde ... LUCKILY, I didn't because he came flying up on me hard! ... he chased me down, but not fast enough. He flew by me at 126 mph+ to my 116+, but I was already across the finish.

So I made it into the finals and I was up against Steve Lockett in his 9/10 second Neon .... he was having problems all day and was stuck in the 11s.
In the semi-finals he belted out a 10.9, but apparently he did enoguh damage that he could not make the start for the finals.

.... so I got an easy win. I just had to stage the lights and not red light.
I casually drove to an 18.00 @ 70 mph.

I won $300 and 2 trophies.
I would really like to thank the people who came out to support and help me (in the photo): redblues (Jim Ong), JD Singh (JD Singh), Jek's Girl (Cindy Foley), that's me holding the cash and crimsonmkii (Jeff condon).

I really want to thank ATS Racing for their continued support and NoShoes for all the help he has been. Of course, I appreciate all of the support I get from all of my sponsors (see siggy) and the entire MR2 community.

Hyde is truly a community car.
I would be nothing without the MR2 communities support.

Thank You

Next weekend I am hitting the Weatherly Hill Climb ... I am hoping to take 1st place there as well. That would make my summer ~ back-to-back 1st in a drag race and a hill climb. We'll see
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Old 06-06-2005, 12:12 AM   #2
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Re: ATS Sponsored Hyde takes first Drag Event victory!

AWESOME! congrats, shows just how much of racing is dependant on everyone else.
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Re: ATS Sponsored Hyde takes first Drag Event victory!

You got that right. Sometimes it pays to be lucky over being fast, but that fact of the matter is as poorly as I and everyone else performed, I still performed where it mattered

After seeing how brutal yesterday was on the cars, I can see why they called the event "survival" of the imports. It's kind of ironic that the survivor was the only 200,000+ mile car

Some photos:
http://www.thespeedlounge.com/forums...read.php?t=727
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Re: ATS Sponsored Hyde takes first Drag Event victory!

Good job. Great that you get the support you do. Good luck on the hill climb.
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Re: ATS Sponsored Hyde takes first Drag Event victory!

AWESOME! nice stuff Jeff, and congrats, if MR2's could swim i'd drive to see the next one!
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Re: ATS Sponsored Hyde takes first Drag Event victory!

Thanks guys, here's a bunch of photos:

JD's photos (if it asks fora password, it is "password"). I am extremely pleased with how much the front wheels are getting yanked up in these photos:
http://www.jdsingh.com/GoodTimesPage...rtSurvival.htm

Jeff Condon's photos:
http://www.crimsonmkii.net/events/etown060505.htm
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thats awsome keep up the good work and keep us posted!
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