Cruz says that his biggest challenge was to improve his driving skills so he could keep up with fellow drivers who had more experience. He also wanted to see if he could keep pace with the car since it was improved.

"The stroker kit from JUN was the first mod that separated our car from the rest of the pack," he says. "After that, the installation of the fully programmable A'PEXi Power FC helped us to wake up the aggressiveness of the car. Soon after that the magic was completed with the addition of the 50-trim turbo kit from AMS. From this point on it was all about suspension tuning."

Cruz and his cohorts were lucky enough to visit AMS and get a close look at its time attack car, which gave them some good ideas for 2008. "We are planning to have a lighter, faster, wider and more agile machine, keeping in mind that second place is the first loser and we intend to stay on top, " Cruz says. It would be interesting to see some of Puerto Rico's time attackers compete against America's best so we could get a bead on how far the island's road racing efforts have progressed.

Mitsubishi Evo VIII
Power Output: 522 WHP & 511 LB-FT Of Torque

Mitsubishi 4g63
Tito Cam Degree Block Assembly
Jun Crankshaft
Jun Rods
Jun Pistons
Rafy Machine Head
Jun Camshafts
Ferrera Valves
Jun Retainers
Jun Cam Gears
Ams 50r Turbo
Ams Turbo Head
Tial Sports Wastegate
Tial Sports Blow-Off Valve
AMS Fmic
Custom 4-Inch Downpipe
AMS Exhaust System
Walbro Fuel Pump
AMS Fuel Rail
Rc 1,200cc Injectors
Buschur Racing Ignition
Buschur Racing Plug Wires
A'pexi Power Fc
Greddy Boost Controller

Tilton Cerametallic Clutch Set
Cusco Differential

Ohlins Coilovers
Cusco Anti-Sway Bars
Alcon Rotors
Alcon Six-Piston Caliper

Wheels & Tires
18x9.5 Volk Racing Te37
285/45-18 Pirelli P-Zero

Cobra Seats
Defi Gauges
Zeitronics AFR
Autopower Rollcage

Ferrea Racing Components
2600 Northwest 55th Court,
Suite 238, Dept. MMFF
Fort Lauderdale
FL  33309
Volk Racing/Mackin Industries Tito Cam Degree
APR Performance Walbro
AMS Performance Buschur Racing