Who would have thought that two days of import racing in Jersey would still not be enough? This was IDRA's first event at Atco Raceway and there was some intense racing. The two days combined a total of more than 4,000 spectators, 200 race cars and another 200 show cars. There was plenty of hype during the two days. Would Vinny Ten's 1,000-hp Supra jump into the 7s? Can Sean Glazar be the first uni-body Quick Class racer to test the 8-second water? Could Jeremy Lookofsky regain his title of being the world's quickest and fastest all-motor Honda or would Skunk2 go a full year with the title locked?
Vinny Ten was the number one qualifier in the Jackson Racing Pro-Mod class with an 8.22 at 164 mph. The week before the event, Ten did a few shakedown runs, netting an 8.3, 8.2 and an 8.1 respectively. The JZA80 Supra was on the verge of 7s, but a failed torque converter halted his assault. He was able to make it to the semifinals, but fell victim to Juan Lopez in his '71 Datsun, who went on to win the Pro-Mod class.
Sean Glazar also had his car out the previous weekend to do a few shakedown runs before the IDRA event. The Extreme Motorsports-sponsored Talon qualified in the number one spot, far ahead of the competition with a brutally quick 9.17 at 156 mph. In the semifinal round, the Talon smoked down the track with another 9.17. At the end of the track, the car laid a cloud of smoke -engine problems. The Diamond Star was still able to make it to the finals and a match against Cam Worth's hard-charging RX-7. The Pettit Racing RX-7 went on to win the Pro-Import VIII with a 10.41 over Sean's 11.71.
The biggest accomplishment of the two days went to Jeremy Lookofsky's L'Natural CRX. Days before the event, the CRX was motorless and nearly hopeless. Lookofsky hot-shoed back to California to muster up enough parts to build an engine while the car was resting in Virginia at Nu Image. Nu Image is home to the fastest East Coast Honda, piloted by Norris Prayoonto. Prayoonto was nice enough to let Lookofsky borrow his shop to install the new engine a few days before the race. All the hustle was well worth it, because the Ground Control-sponsored CRX regained the title of the world's quickest and fastest, all-motor Honda. Driver Shawn Hiller piloted the car to a 10.73 at a whopping 129.01 mph, demolishing the previous record of 10.91 at 123 mph. If beating the record was not enough, Hiller piloted the CRX through qualifying and competition-all in the magical 10-second zone. The car ran 10.88, 10.73, 10.94, 10.97 and won the Pro-Street class with a 10.78 at 125.48 mph.
If the race event wasn't enough to keep you on the edge of your seat, then the 200-plus cars in the car show was enough to keep the street racer in you happy. Next stop is back to the birthplace of import racing, IDRA's home track in Palmdale, Calif.
|TURBO MAGAZINE |
|PRO-IMPORT (P/I) CLASS - Q8 |
|DRIVER ||VEHICLE ||QUALIFYING E.T. |
|Sean Glazar ||'92 Eagle Talon ||9.171 @ 156.27 mph |
|Cam Worth ||'94 Mazda RX7 ||10.091 @ 129.64 mph |
|Lyle Henry ||'95 Mitsubishi Eclipse ||10.196 @ 144.81 mph |
|Brad Daley ||'95 Toyota Supra ||10.574 @ 140.12 mph |
|James Farrer ||'93 Nissan Sentra ||10.646 @ 120.11 mph |
|Arvin Hernandez ||'94 Honda Civic ||10.669 @ 137.32 mph |
|David Devera ||'92 Honda Civic ||10.931 @ 129.32 mph |
|Steve Locket ||'90 Geo Storm GSI ||11.037 @ 130.92 mph |
|IMPORT RACER MAGAZINE |
|PRO-STREET (P/S) CLASS QUICK-8 |
|DRIVER ||VEHICLE ||QUALIFYING E.T. ||SPONSOR |
|Shaun Hiller ||'88 Honda CRX ||10.739 @ 129.12 mph ||L'Natural Motorsports/OHC |
|Tony Shagday ||'95 Acura Integra ||11.077 @ 123.11 mph ||Skunk2 Racing/ACT |
|Johnson Lii ||'88 Honda CRX ||11.313 @ 121.39 mph ||Ultimate Racing/Leitner & Bush |
|Jarrod Silvers ||'88 Honda CRX ||11.368 @ 116.32 mph ||Wicked Pictures/Westside Motorsports/R&D |
|Norris Prayoonto ||'00 Acura Integra ||11.812 @ 118.31 mph ||Nu Image Motorsports |
|Larry Herring ||'88 Honda CRX ||12.021 @ 111.87 mph ||Import Auto Salvage/Manchester Honda |
|Fred Ellis ||'87 Honda CRX ||12.095 @ 112.07 mph ||Moroso/GTP Racing/Wood & Tompkins Cores |
|Nate Romero ||'83 VW Rabbit ||12.202 @ 107.59 mph ||Anthem Boy Skateboards/Alpha/Race 101 |
|SPORTSMAN ELIMINATOR CLASSES (SE/A-D) |
|SE/A (11.99 sec - Quicker) |
|DRIVER ||VEHICLE ||FINAL ROUND ||WINNER |
|Alejandro Ocasio ||'82 Toyota Starlet ||11.992 @ 109.31 mph (.665 R/T) ||WIN |
|Israel Cruz ||'81 Toyota Starlet ||10.644 @ 117.58 mph (.472 R/T) ||(FOUL) |
|SE/B - (12.00 sec - 13.99 sec) |
|Jason Hunt ||'88 Honda CRX ||12.139 @ 107.04 mph (.588 R/T) ||WIN |
|Joseph Torres ||'81 Toyota Starlet ||12.342 @ 105.53 mph (.582 R/T) |
|SE/C - (14.00 sec - 16.99 sec) |
|Jason Lopes ||'99 Honda Civic ||14.152 @ 88.01 mph (.631 R/T) ||WIN |
|Kevin Thomas ||'97 Suburu Impreza ||16.251 @ 86.70 mph (.574 R/T) |
|SE/D - (17.00 sec - Higher) |
|Aaron Brown Jr. ||'94 Toyota Corolla ||17.194 @ 79.03 mph (.610 R/T) ||WIN |
|Jaime Schreiter ||'91 Geo Storm ||19.290 @ 71.77 mph (.495 R/T) ||(FOUL) |
The Extreme Motorsports Eclipse was out to break into the 8s. The car already ran numerous 9.1s and with just a little more power this could be the first uni-body in the 8-second club.
By day's end, the pilot of the Speedy Gonzalez Datsun swore he would drag the rear bumper on the ground. He kept his word-big time.
Vinny Ten was out to break into the 7s, but a torque converter problem kept his car from running up to par. He was able to qualify in the number one spot with an 8.2-second e.t.
The Wicked Pictures-sponsored CRX has been revamped. Owner Jarrod Silvers gave Westside Motorsport's Roger Scalise a shot at the reins. Scalise piloted the CRX to a new personal record of 11.36. The car was all over the track; we expect it will be knocking on the 10-second door soon.
L'Natural CRX is back at the top! Owner Jeremy Lookofsky and driver Shawn Hiller were able to reclaim the Honda all-motor title with a 10.73 at 129.01 mph, shattering the previous record held by Skunk2. ( 10.91 at 123 mph).
The Nu Image all-motor Integra piloted by Norris Prayoonto was representing the right coast. The H22A-powered Honda qualified in the number five spot, but was eliminated by Prayoonto's friend from the west,Jeremy Lookofsky. By the way, Prayoonto's dad makes some of the best Thai chicken we've ever tasted.
Cam Worth piloted his '94 RX-7 to the Pro-Import winner's circle with numerous mid-10s. His road to victory started from the number two spot on the qualifying grid.
The Impo-sponsored Civic is capable of running high 10s in SOHC trim.
A father vs. son match-up in the finals.
Lyle Henry has been banging on the 9-second door, but for some reason, there is no answer. His Eclipse was able to run numerous 10.0s in competition, but maybe with a little more nitrous, his car can break the door down.
Nathan Romero's VW Rabbit just made the cut into the Pro-Street class. It eventually ran in the finals in a match against the world's fastest and quickest normally aspirated Honda. It turned out that Romero's car is the world's quickest water-cooled VW-what a match.
Jeremy Lookofsky grabbed the title of quickest all-motor uni-body Honda at the Battle. You have to wonder how quick these all-natural racers can go. The 2001 campaign should be hotly contested.
After losing the quickest all-motor title to L'Natural, the Skunk2-sponsored Integra was pulling every trick in the book to drop more weight for a faster time. Props goes out to Omni-man and Tony Shagday for giving it their all.