After 3 days of planning and 4 weeks of prep time, a street driven EVO X was transformed into a competitive track car to race against America's best at Circuit Battles. Tarzan Yamada accepted our invitation despite the unfortunate earthquake in Japan and wanted to take the opportunity to represent Japan and ask for help from the motorsports spectators in USA.
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The Pro Track Challenge teams were looking impressive during practice, topping 170MHP at the end of the start/finish straight, which is actually used for drag racing. Our EVO X setup was simple and effective, but it was no match to the top teams.
Tarzan Yamada got behind the wheel of garageGT / Yokohama EVO X and got it out on the track for the practice session in the morning. But due to oil spill, the session was cancelled. The car going to driven at high pace during qualifying as shakedown. Tarzan managed a best lap of 1:08.905, placing 6th.
During lunch break, we were trying to figure out a fuel cut out issue per Tarzan's complaint about low rpm range pick up. While Mitch was studying engine logs, Anthony got in the car and turned the traction control off ! It was a fun moment :) We sent Tarzan out for Seeding race (5 lap Super session) thinking how much faster he would be after getting freed up from the electronics.
Overall, we were happy with the performance of the car. We know we have a good base, this car will be more competitive with more time. We would like to thank our sponsors; Yokohama, MP Tuning and Muellerized for excellent support throughout the project.
As for the final, after all the dogfights, Lou Gigliotti of LG Motorsports won the last battle against Mike Cronin Jr., driving the Fontana 350Z. It was a breathtaking fender to fender finish, we can't wait to see the full coverage.
The biggest challenge yet.. We are taking the opportunity of facing the fastest road racing cars in U.S.
Redline Track Events created a unique format of road racing similar to special stages of WRC and D1 grand prix, but avarage lap speeds trapping over 100mph ! Finally, the motorsports spectators will see the madness and we just couldn't stay out of trouble and contacted Redline Track Events to be a part of Circuit Battles. We are entering a 2008 EVO X that had never been tested before, but We trust our setup and driver Tarzan, who is representing Japan for the 1st time since the devastating earthquake. Our prayers are with them..
It wouldn't be possible without these key elements to podium at Super Lap Battle two years in a row. We can't wait for 2011...! It will be another exciting season.
Big thanks to:
Cenk Ocakoglu - Founder/CEO/Driver, garageGT
Jeramya Witters - Head Mechanic, garageGT
Mitch Pederson - Head Tuner, garageGT / founder, MP Tuning
Eiji "Tarzan" Yamada - Driver, The Time Attack Sensei
Jeff Milton - Track crew chief, garageGT
Daiji Takashima - Race director / Manager, C-West USA
Taka and Sono from Tomei Powered USA
And to our sponsors: