Although we don't know much about the underdog Isreal Rodriguez and his '71 Datsun, the Team USA racer was able to take out some of Puerto Rico's best racers in competition, one of them being Sakura. The Compai Datsun made it all the way to the finals before losing to Kike's '72 Datsun.

The Pan American Nationals is on a level all by itself. Nowhere else do the fastest tube-chassis cars from Puerto Rico come out to play with the best the United States has to offer. Although Puerto Rico won this round, the United States has a few up-and-coming "X-File" cars ready to blow some doors off. A big thanks goes out to our Puerto Rican translators for the event: Rafael Fuentes from Competition Engineering, Johnny Headers and Mick Martinez from Chassis Engineering. The 2001 Nats promise to be bigger and better; see you there.

DRIVER HOMETOWN CAR DIAL-IN E.T MPH
1ST ROUND
Israel Rodriguez Lodi, N.J. '71 Datsun 9.78 9.76 136.73
Guillermo Dovilla Puerto Rico Starlet 8.80 8.56 150.27
Rafael Roldon Rauanquets,P.R. '82 Toyota 7.95 10.55 81.22
Julio Illanas Mayaquez, P.R. '71 Mazda -Broke-
Anibal Rivera Corozal, P.R. '94 Mazda 8.50 9.13 136.61
Jamie Torres Philadelphia '81 Starlet 9.50 10.86 105.41
Carlos Montano Paterson, N.J. '71 Datsun 8.80 11.63 74.20
Luis Torres Rio Grande, P.R. '89 Mazda 8.60 9.74 125.06
Luis Vivo Bayaman, P.R. '91 Mazda 9.48 9.82 132.50
Marcos Acosta Bronx, N.Y. '95 Mazda 8.90 8.69 153.08
Julio Portela Puerto Rico '72 Datsun 9.10 9.23 131.77
Mike Improta Ansonia, N.J. '82 Toyota 8.85 9.09 147.88
Brendon Alvarez Miami '93 Mazda 8.85 9.71 110.34
Jose Burgos San Juan, P.R. '82 Starlet 8.65 8.77 148.44
Erik Torres Puerto Rico '93 Mitsubishi 7.90 8.58 164.35
Carlos Guzman Vineland, N.J. '82 Toyota 9.20 9.54 144.06
 
QUARTER-FINALS
Julio Portela Puerto Rico '72 Datsun 9.05 9.23 141.35
Brendon Alvarez Miami '93 Mazda 8.95 8.94 145.41
Carlos Montano Paterson, N.J. '71 Datsun 8.80 11.33 80.03
Luis Vivo Bayaman, P.R. '91 Mazda 9.58 9.52 120.54
Israel Rodriguez Lodi, N.J. '71 Datsun 9.75 9.53 139.57
Rafael Roldon Rauanquets,P.R. '82 Toyota 8.00 9.17 154.98
Erik Torres Puerto Rico '93 Mitsubishi 7.90 8.10 164.80
Anibal Rivera Corozal, P.R. '94 Mazda 8.28 8.07 148.34
SEMI-FINALS
Israel Rodriguez Lodi, N.J. '71 Datsun 9.50 9.60 137.86
Erik Torres Puerto Rico '93 Mitsubishi 7.99 7.89 158.50
Julio Portela Puerto Rico '72 Datsun 9.05 18.35 56.16
FINAL
Julio Portela Puerto Rico '72 Datsun 9.05 9.34 126.52
Israel Rodriguez Lodi, N.J. '71 Datsun 9.50 9.69 138.18