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Lancer turns heads at Moroso Raceway, Florida, USA.
Article by Rawle Francis
Photo Copyright respective owner.
Team SKF turns
heads in Florida.To be at the top of your game is a hard feat no matter
what you do. In any
sport, there are parameters that have to be beat in order to be considered
the greatest, the best, or in the case of import drag racing, the quickest
and the fastest.
The long arduous road
to glory began on August 12th for Trinidad's very own Ryan Garcia and
his team, SKF Racing. Renowned locally for producing stunning 8 second
times on the 1/4 mile from a 2000cc engine in his SKF Mitsubishi Lancer.
Ryan's current goal is to make us Trini's proud, by posting a high seven-second
pass and being as competitive as possible within the pro-import category.
Even with the odds
against him at the First Annual Hurricane Internationals at Moroso Speedway
in Florida last weekend, Ryan managed to create quite a stir. He earned
himself a 4th place finish in his class while producing a 8.890 @154.63
mph E.T. Much to the delight of the American fans, his right-hand drive
Diamond Star was rumoured to have been shipped from Japan not Trinidad!
Even more amazing however was the fact that his car is 400 pounds heavier
than the heaviest car in his class and it is powered by the only gasoline
fed 4G63 2000cc engine, all others being alcohol burning machines.
On interview, Ryan
stated that he felt his car was at 70% peak performance and he would improve
his tuning between events. "Time was definitely against us and due
to the minimal test runs we got to work with before race day it was a
relief to even post an 8 second pass."
And a relief it was,
I later learnt that a track official by the name of Jim Sherry was doing
everything in his power to send team SKF home. On arrival at Moroso's
track he did not want to let the SKF Lancer make any passes because a
rocker panel bar in the mild steel chassis was 1/16th of an inch below
requirement, and the car was without a window net, and battery box.After
getting two hours of sleep that night, and working all day to meet Sherry's
requirements, the SKF team rushed to the track to face the peak of their
frustration. While inspecting the car, Jim Sherry with a smile on his
face spitefully said, "Oops! I forgot to tell you guys about this
bar," pointing to a cross bar on the chassis. "Sorry, you can't
race unless this is changed." Sherry verbally stated that he is already
fed up with the 'spics' and now it's the 'island boys' that he has to
deal with. The team was outraged. Alas!
Had all this effort gone in vain? No. As the Lord would have it, the car
was approved thanks to the main man behind the SKF Team, Mr. Brendan Garcia,
who negotiated with the track manager (Frank). The car was issued a temporary
grant to race and Ryan tore up the tracks at Moroso.
the team the semi-final race proved to be an anti-climax as the starting
system was not in Ryan's favour. His opponent, a 3rd gen RX 7, had already
pre-staged, staged, and was fully loaded up before Ryan even pre-staged.
By NHRA ruling, the RX 7 would have been automatically disqualified for
his actions. However, IDRC does not abide by that rule. Futher more, the
light was a .4 second pro-light, (all ambers light at the same time),
and as Ryan staged his car the light immediately fell green with his RPM's
at approximately 3000, whereas his opponent's launch rpm was at the desired
level before Ryan had even pre-staged. The SKF Lancer was bumped into
I reassured Ryan by
telling him that by going to the USA to represent Trinidad was like Ato
Boldon going to the Olympics and that we are very proud of him. Now, with
some solid runs under his belt, and with some more testing and support,
I expect low 8's from the SKF Lancer.
On behalf of Team
SKF, we thank newfound friends Mike and Frank from IDRC, veteran Trini
drag racer, Vijai "Big Daddy" Ramkisson for providing materials
for the car and Chris Anderson and Frank Smith for helping Ryan get his
NHRA license renewed. A special thanks to the team's sponsors, SKF Ball
Bearings/United Bearings, Parts World Ltd., and United Coatings. Most
important, we'd like to thank Mr. Brendan Garcia for all his love and
support. Without him there would not be a fighting chance for the SKF
Lancer in the import arena.The SKF Lancer is scheduled to compete again
on the 8th & 9th September in Houston, Texas for the Toyo Tire NHRA
For further updates
on Team SKF's quest visit www.SKFracing.com.
Chief:- David Andrews
E.T @ Moroso 8.890 @154.63 mph
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