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The 2002 IDRC Season Opener

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Gary Castillo
Jun 1, 2002
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Two months with no racing can make a racer an insane man (or woman). After the IDRC Winter Nationals, racers had two months to get ready for the February 23 and 24 opening event. From the start of the preseason, the race was destined to be a success, and 16,321 people and 416 racers later, the IDRC season opener presented some awesome drag-race action.


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The four-car field brought out some of the hardest hitters for the new season. Efren Vasquez, Adam Saruwatari, and Wakita and Hiroshi Shibarra were all present and ready to battle it out. The semis would see Abel Ibarra's R100 piloted by Efren Vasquez defeat the Blast Racing SC400 and meet the Escort Racing 300ZX in the finals. Shibarra's 300ZX would defeat the A&L NSX in the semis by five-tenths. While Adam got the holeshot, Hiroshi was able to slingshot pass him. At the 1,000-ft mark, the mighty Z encountered engine problems but was still able to take the win with a 7.9 to Adam's 8.4. Although Wakita's SC was favored to win against the K&N R-100, the "Giant Killer" delivered a blow that said, "I'm not going to lay down and die!" It helped that the Blast SC had problems staying straight. In the finals Efren would once again pull off an against-all-odds victory when Shibarra ran into engine problems.

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One thing we found very interesting was the fact that Palmdale is Ibarra's home track, so you can bet your ass he knows how to set up the suspension to run straight. With the R100's chassis tuned by experience on the track and the 300ZX tuned without a datalogging system, we found it amazing that the two cars ended up in the finals, while the the two cars that actually run datalogging systems had problems with tire shake. This just goes to show on-track experience can go a long way.


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In the Outlaw Class, Ron Lumis would face off with Rene Franco to make it to the finals, while Ray Lochhead would run up against Stephanie Reeves. Franco got the holeshot against Lumis, but Lumis was able to keep the New Beetle going straight, while Franco was stuck in a wheel stand.

The big news was Stephanie Reeves' quarter final run, when she grabbed the reigns of the GM-sponsored Cavalier and took it to where only few have been in a fwd-the 8-sec. barrier. The Cavalier is only the fifth fwd to break into the 8s, but Reeves became the first female to run a fwd 8. Throughout the two-day event the Cavalier went faster with every pass until its match with Lochhead's SR Motorsports/ACT Clutch-sponsored RX-7. Ray would take the victory in a final bout against Ron Lumis. Both cars lifted out of the hole and did a little sideways shimmy, but when the clocks flashed we saw one of the closest races at the event. Ray's 8.72 bettered Ron's 8.98.


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In the Turbo magazine Quick Class semifinals, we say two pairs of Hondas run in the 9s and, considering the elevation at LACR, this was a pretty amazing semi-final bout. Jojo Callos would bring his car out incognito-not one sticker on it. His reason was to test out a new Castrol oil blend and a few new engine mods. Jojo was able to oust Jensen Oda in the A'pex Civic with a 9.28 to Oda's 9.94. Jensen experienced difficulty keeping the car straight, but despite coming close to the centerline he was still able to pilot the vehicle to a 9.84. Bruce Mortensen, who pilots the hard-charging Venom Civic, turned up times that demolished past personal records. A round against the East Coast's Saverio Leone marked the fastest time the Venom Civic ran. Bruce's 9.17-sec. e.t. at 153 mph gave the Venom team a new foundation for the starting season, and advanced them to the finals by beating out the Impo Civic's 9.94.

The finals had number-one qualifier Bruce Mortensen piloting the Venom Civic against Jojo Callos. Both cars bogged out of the hole, but a quick double clutch was all Jojo needed to do to get the Civic back in boost. Mortensen had problems shifting into third, giving the victory to Callos who posted a 10.36 to the Venom Civic's 15.96.


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Presented by Sport Compact CarThe BFG Street Class was dominated by the "7," as six of the eight qualifiers were driving RX-7s. The two oddballs here were an old-school Celica and Sean Morris' Skyline GTR. The top half of the field was running solidly in the 10s, led by Steven Kan in his Rotary Performance/RX7.com Mazda at 10.78-sec. In second place was newcomer Peter "Fei Lo" Yeung and his RX-7 street car. At his first ever race, Fei Lo put down some impressive numbers running 10.81 sec. at 133 mph in qualifying rounds and a 10.81 at 131 mph in the semis. He was living a Cinderella story until his semifinal effort was bettered by Sean Morris in the Skyline, which ran a 10.71. But the Skyline toasted its clutch and couldn't weigh out at the scales, so Fei Lo moved on.

In the finals the Cinderella story ended for real as Ari Yallon played the role of the evil stepmother in more ways than one. It was a close contest until Fei Lo missed third gear; his 11.85 at 118 mph was not nearly enough for Ari's 10.91 blast at 127 mph.


Import Tuner All Motor XVI
In the All Motor Class it was five Volkswagens against 11 Hondas. By the semis it was four VWs and one Honda. The finals pitted the top two qualifiers against each other in a German-bred showdown. In this battle of the Bugs Shawn Geers and his '67 overpowered Danny Cerny and his '69, 10.61 to 10.98, to take the money.

2002 ADVANCED CLUTCH TECHNOLOGY IDRC WEST COAST NATIONALS
February 23rd & 24th, 2002, Los Angeles County Raceway (LACR), Palmdale, Calif.
Spectators 16,321
Racers 418
Show Cars 138

IMPORTDRAG.COM ALL-MOTOR CLASS PRESENTED BY IMPORT TUNER
QUARTER-FINALS
1 321 Shawn Geers 67 VW Beetle 0.527 10.728 123.54 WIN
9 1230 Norman Aubry 90 Honda Civic 0.644 11.856 114.97 $125
4 911 Scott Kelley 69 VW Fastback 0.468 11.083 121.36 WIN
5 1070 Erick Aguilar 95 Honda Civic 0.490 11.191 122.32 $125
2 1990 Danny Cerny 69 VW Beetle 0.686 11.031 118.37 WIN
7 1113 Shawn Hillier 91 Honda CRX 0.633 14.415 75.54 $125
6 4882 Bisi Ezerioha 88 Honda CRX 0.543 11.590 117.58 WIN
3 899 Doug Gonzalez 63 VW Beetle 0.582 11.897 94.85 $125
SEMI-FINALS
1 321 Shawn Geers 67 VW Beetle 0.436 10.624 123.89 WIN
4 911 Scott Kelley 69 VW Fastback 0.494 11.011 121.33 $250
2 1990 Danny Cerny 69 VW Beetle 0.493 11.002 121.07 WIN
6 4882 Bisi Ezerioha 88 Honda CRX 0.569 11.548 118.72 $250
FINALS
1 321 Shawn Geers 67 VW Beetle 0.517 10.619 120.91 WIN
2 1990 Danny Cerny 69 VW Beetle 0.468 10.987 120.77 $500

BFGOODRICH TIRES STREET CLASS PRESENTED BY SPORT COMPACT CAR
QUARTER-FINALS
1 362 Steven Kan 93 {{{Mazda RX-7}}} 0.584 10.544 129.83 WIN
8 371 Robert Lives 83 {{{Mazda}}} {{{RX-7}}} .{{{100}}} RED 12.168 115.86
4 4777 Ari Yallon 93 Mazda RX-7 0.677 12.285 131.07 WIN
5 272 Dan Schechter 93 Mazda RX-7 1.126 12.281 118.23
2 332 "P-FL-Y" 94 Mazda RX-7 0.{{{825}}} 11.669 124.63 WIN
7 329 Ryan Carwin 71 {{{Toyota Celica}}} 0.919 11.790 127.08
3 209 Sean Morris 96 Skyline {{{GT}}}-R 0.863 10.965 129.92 WIN
6 P791 Karl Matin 93 Mazda RX-7 NO SHOW
SEMIFINALS
4 4777 Ari Yallon 93 Mazda RX-7 0.531 10.563 130.59 WIN
1 362 Steven Kan 93 Mazda RX-7 0.{{{62}}} 10.532 131.42 $250
3 209 Sean Morris 96 Skyline {{{GT-R}}} 0.911 10.717 137.75 $250-DQ
2 332 "P-FL-Y" 94 Mazda RX-7 0.848 10.815 131.96 WIN
FINALS
4 4777 Ari Yallon 93 Mazda RX-7 0.664 10.910 127.71 WIN
2 332 "P-FL-Y" 94 Mazda RX-7 0.555 11.856 118.75 $500
IMPORTDRAG.COM TURBO MAGAZINE QUICK CLASS
QUARTER-FINALS
1 7081 Bruce Mortensen 00 {{{Honda Civic}}} 1.247 9.295 155.01 WIN
8 325 Patrick Carillo 95 {{{Civic}}} {{{Coupe}}} BROKE BROKE   ${{{200}}}
5 320 Saverio Leone 93 {{{Honda}}} Civic .757 10.735 131.97 WIN
13 420 B Khemmanivong {{{90}}} Honda Civic 0.951 12.800 108.03 $200
2 341 Jojo Callos 94 Honda Civic .733 9.289 153.17 WIN
7 7004 Mike Laskey 91 Honda {{{CRX}}} .601 19.078 54.03 $200
3 808 Jensen Oda 00 Honda Civic .755 10.332 145.42 WIN
6 303 Dominic Conti 90 Honda Civic .652 11.630 133.74 $200
SEMI-FINALS
1 7081 Bruce Mortensen 00 Honda Civic .574 9.177 153.27 WIN
5 320 Saverio Leone 93 Honda Civic .577 9.{{{940}}} 139.29 $350
2 341 Jojo Callos 94 Honda Civic .603 9.287 154.95 WIN
3 808 Jensen Oda 00 Honda Civic .592 9.920 145.46 $350
FINALS
2 341 Jojo Callos 94 Honda Civic .564 10.367 150.41 WIN
1 7081 Bruce Mortensen 00 Honda Civic .867 15.962 59.93 $750
FORD RACING PERFORMANCE PARTS SUPER STOCK
(17.00-and above)
Winner 398 Tim Rigby 01 {{{Cavalier}}} $500-WIN
Runner-Up 203 Chris Brown 01 {{{Ford}}} $200
SUPER MOD (15.00-16.99 DIAL)
Winner 368 Fedemar Malit 91 HondaCRX $500-WIN
Runner-Up 208 Dave Golite 02 {{{Acura}}} $200
SUPER COMP (7.50-14.99 DIAL)
Winner 392 Marty Ladwig 02 {{{Sunfire}}} Ecotec $500-WIN
Runner-Up 130 Phil Cameron Dragster $200
SR-1 TEAM DRAG CHALLENGE PRESENTED BY SUPER STREET
Winner Team Motorex 8 teams / 32 cars in competition
MEGUAIR’S MOVEMENT ONE PEOPLE’S CHOICE CAR SHOW
BEST OF SHOW
687 Gilbert Rosario 1999 VW {{{Golf}}} Bakersfield Famous
BEST HONDA/ACURA
1st 673 Vik Deol {{{2000 Acura Integra}}} Bakersfield Famous
2nd 665 Rudy Rosario {{{1992 Honda Civic}}} Bakersfield Famous
3rd 609 Freddie Hernandez {{{1998 Acura Integra}}} Huntington Park Chase
BEST SPORT COMPACT
1st 664 {{{Rainier}}} Dedicatoria {{{2000 Toyota Celica}}} Sherman Oaks High Intenzity
2nd 679 Chris Fleming {{{2000 Ford Focus}}} Bakersfield Freaks of Nature
3rd {{{600}}} Robert Shaw Santa Ana
BEST DIAMOND STAR
1st 695 Rene Contreras {{{1995 Eagle Talon}}} Delano Team Famous
2nd 661 Rhio Sercena {{{2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse}}} Arleta High Intenzity
3rd 672 Andres Mireles {{{1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse}}} Whittier TMK
BEST EUROPEAN
1st 687 Gilbert Rosario 1999 VW Golf Bakersfield Team Famous
2nd 639 Tommy John 2001 VW {{{Jetta}}} Lancaster Dreamworks
3rd 702 Thomas Niessner {{{1998 Audi A4}}} Los Angeles
BEST TRUCK/SUV
1st 647 Jojo Germita {{{1997 Toyota Tacoma}}} Lancaster High Intenzity
2nd {{{626}}} Steve Bucaro 1999 {{{Dodge}}} Ram Palmdale
3rd 627 Victor Reyes 2000 Chevy {{{Astro}}} Riverside All Stars
WINNER
Team Motorex
IMPORTDRAG.COM PRO CLASS
SEMIFINALS
4 302 Efren Vazquez 71 Mazda R-100 .588 8.628 156.59 WIN
1 712 Tadatoshi Wakita 93 {{{Lexus SC400}}} 1.377 8.168 {{{164}}}.27
2 678 Hiroshi Shiobara 91 {{{300ZX}}} .590 7.984 170.69 WIN
3 D174 Adam Saruwatari 98 {{{Acura NSX}}} .565 8.452 164.84
FINALS
2 678 Hiroshi Shiobara 91 300ZX .488 14.364 71.34 $500
4 302 Efren Vazquez 71 Mazda R-100 .481 8.416 160.29 Win
APEX INTEGRATION OUTLAW CLASS
QUARTERFINALS
1 398 Ron Lummus 00 VW Beetle 0.703 9.047 153.61
8 271 Dante Villansenor NO SHOW
5 7018 Rene Franco 76 Mazda RX-3 0.64 8.952 153.79
4 750 Ed Bergenholtz 73 Mazda R-100 0.736 9.906 144.39
2 395 Stephanie Reaves 02 Chevy Cavalier 1.089 8.895* 167.40*
7 310 Rick Stiles NO SHOW
3 718 Ray Lochhead 96 Mazda RX-7 0.493 10.036 134.04
6 7100 Jose Vidal 71 Mazda R-100 0.606 11.214 105.44
SEMIFINALS
1 398 Ron Lummus 00 VW Beetle 0.948 10.361 110.97 WIN
5 7018 Rene Franco 76 Mazda RX-3 0.451 16.638 48.48 $250
3 718 Ray Lochhead 96 Mazda RX-7 0.557 9.110 148.61 WIN
2 395 Stephanie Reaves 02 Chevy Cavalier 0.640 DQ-Centerline $250
FINALS
3 718 Ray Lochhead 96 Mazda RX-7 .513 8.723 153.96 Win
1 398 Ron Lummus 00 VW Beetle .622 8.981 130.51 $750
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