Stephan Papadakis8.71 @ 168 mphAEM, GReddy, DVS,Matix, Nuformz 1999 Tube-Frame Civic HBDuring the 2000 campaign Steph has raised the Ofront-wheel-drive performance standard to dizzying heights as he has blasted well into the 8s. There are those who feel he has not yet realized the full potential of the car, a scary proposition in itself. At the SEMA Show he unveiled a new 2001 coupe racer on the turnstile in Honda's booth. The new coupe is slated to run in the Outlaw Class.
Lisa Kubo9.21 @ 157 mphNitto Tires, STR, ExtrudeHone, Advanced Clutch Technology1992 Civic HBLisa plans to answer the bell in 2001. Currently she will be competing in the same Civic as last year but the team would love to run a two-car program. For 2001 the Nitto Civic will be trying a new engine stroked to 2.0-liters and some experimentation with bigger slicks will be part of the off-season ritual. The goal; 8-second immortality of course.
Chris Rado*9.40 @ 154 mphWorld Electronics, Penske Racing Shocks, Toyo Tires, Turbonetics, Bosch, RPS Performance Products1997 Acura IntegraChris Rado spent a good deal of time in his Supra street class racer in 2000. The Integra was converted to alcohol mid-season and the car responded with a 9.52. It later improved to an impressive 9.40 running only 20 psi.. For 2001 Chris will be campaigning a tube-frame Celica with engines supplied by factory tuning shop TRD. Christian plans to step up his operation considerably in 2001 with a fully dressed semi loaded with the Celica, the Supra (which will run alcohol and generate four-digit power figures in 2001), a Tundra pickup to tow the race cars around the pits and a wild, street-tuned Lexus GS 400 to cruise around town in once the track is closed for the night.
Ed Bergenholtz9.46 @ 151 mph1989 CRXRunning an 8-second e.t. has been at the core of the Brothers Bergenholtz race program throughout 2000. In their quest for the 8s they have dropped the weight of their CRX and run in the exhibition classes. Rumor has it that a tube-frame chassis car is in the works.
Jimmy O'Connor9.57 @ 147 mphVenom Racing2000 civic coupeThe Venom Racing team made impressive strides in 2000, blasting their way deep into the 9s. The team's accomplishments are even more impressive when you consider their first race car burned to the ground in the early stages of the season. The team bumped its time from 9.62 to 9.57 at the season-ending IDRC International Finals at Palmdale. The performance is the best ever for a Quick Class Honda at the high-altitude facility and moved the team ahead of two competitors on the list. These guys like to race and they should be among the elite in Quick Class for 2001.
Kenny Tran9.59 @ 151 mphLeading Edge Oil, Jotech Motorsports, AC Autotechnica, HP Motorsports1993 Civic HBTexas quick-shooter Kenny Tran ran his 9.59 on a new motor and hopes to add some tweaks in the off-season. New sponsor Leading Edge Oil should be well represented in 2001 and Kenny plans to increase his participation while vying for Quick Class dominance.
John Brown*9.59 @ 149 mphCastrol Motor Oil2000 Civic coupeJohn Brown's alcohol burning Civic busted into the 9.50s but didn't see enough of the track to get fully dialed in. John plans to retain Castrol as a sponsor and hit the track with a vengeance in 2001. Expect to see the car fly the colors of a number of Castrol products, each with a different paint scheme. The painting program will be similar to those in NASCAR.
Jojo Callos9.62 @ 146 mphJG Engine Dynamics, XS Engineering1994 Civic HBIn 1999 Jojo Callos won everything in sight without cracking into the 9s. For 2000 he looked to gain entrance into the 9-second club and did so with room to spare. Jojo and JG Engine Dynamics have learned a lot this season and we expect to see the team apply these lessons in 2001. However, the rumor mill is turning out speculation that this "application of knowledge" may be in the form of a tube-frame Honda. Look out.
Signal Auto #29.74 @ 145 mph(Sendai, Japan)Signal Auto, Tanabe Suspension, Mackin Industries, Koito, Volk Racing1998 Civic HBThis peach-colored chop-top Civic is not the red car repainted. Kousuke Kida, owner of Signal Auto, built this car to slap down his brother Ryuhei in the quarter mile. The cars both run similar engine combinations and should make an interesting sibling rivalry in 2001. The car's 9.74 was run made at a Front Drive Wars event at Sendai where the Signal Auto car beat rivals from Top Fuel, JUN, APEXi, and Trust.
Steven Thomson9.75 @ 141 mphPacific Performance1996 Civic HBSteven and Pacific Performance have never made a top Honda feature in Turbo but they sure earned their trip this time. The Pacific Performance Civic blasted six 9-second passes in 2000 with its best effort coming at the Import Fall nationals at Old Bridgetown Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey. That's a long way from the car's home base in Oakland Park, Florida. The Sunshine State racer flexes a Garrett turbocharged GSR engine. For 2001 Steven would love to land a sponsor but plans to hit races across the country whether he has company or not.
Braman Motorsports9.92 @ 145 mphBraman Motorsports1994 Civic CoupeThis is John Brown's old car which has since changed hands and apparently dropped out of the limelight. It has run 9.92 and deserves to retain its 9-second club membership. The attention to detail on this car is outstanding, why hasn't it raced?
Myles Bautista9.94 @ 142 mphRev Hard Manufacturing, GReddy, 1994 Civic CoupeMyles is the most recent addition to the 9-second club, gear-slamming his single-digit on November 11th. His boosted Civic runs a B16 powerplant and was down on power compared to its previous appearance where it ran a 10.24. Myles says an experimental manifold and Mustang throttle body cost him some torque on the 11th and he hopes to remedy the situation going into the final race of the year. He must be doing something right, the car was thrusting so hard the passenger-side door blew off on the top end. Myles has a one-two-punch with his Integra, which shares a similar paint scheme with the Civic. Plans for 2001 call for expanding to a three-car effort with a tube-frame Integra, expected to be debuted at the 2001 Auto Salon in Long Beach, California.
Top Fuel9.95 @ 144 mph(Sendai, Japan)Top Fuel1989 CRXTop Fuel blazed the trail for other Japan-based tuners to show their wares on the drag strips of America. A wild 8-second Z-car came over in 1996 and once Top Fuel saw all the Hondas buzzing about they took the trend back to the land of the rising sun. Top Fuel spearheaded the Honda craze in Japan and came back in '97 with this CRX. The company's mid-engine del Sol impressed us at the 2000 Tokyo Auto Salon but we haven't heard if it has made a pass yet.
Signal Auto #19.97 @ 149 mphSignal Auto, Tanabe Suspension, Mackin Industries, Koito, Volk Racing1998 Civic HBRyuhei's ride made no jump in performance for 2000 but with Ryuhei's brother heating the hides in the adjacent burnout box in 2001 we expect to see the e.t.s drop. The Honda was shipped back to Japan for a good portion of the season. While on leave the body was repainted, the engine was freshened and the turbo system was converted from air-to-air intercooling to liquid-to-air.
Dave Hickman9.97 @ ???1992 Civic HBA new entrant into the 9-second club, Dave Hickman's Honda has seen a number of different engine and body configurations. He ran single digits at two races, both at CMI events in Sacramento, California. However, we have not been able to corral him for more specifics on his car and copies of his timeslips. Consequently, we have no idea what his plans are for 2001.
* denotes alcohol-fuel entry
|On Deck Circle|
|The Top 10 As They Appeared In The|
|June 2000 Issue|
|1 Stephan Papadakis||9.05 @ 166 mph|
|2 Kenny Tran||9.681 @ 144 mph|
|3 Ed Bergenholtz||9.687 @ 151 mph|
|4 Lisa Kubo||9.70 @151 mph|
|5 Braman Motorsports||9.92 @ 145 mph|
|6 Top Fuel||9.95 @ 144 mph|
|7 Jojo Callos||9.96 @ 140 mph|
|8 Signal Auto #1||9.97 @ 149 mph|
|9 Chris Rado||10.00 @ 132 mph|
|10 Paul Ulmholtz||10.05 @ 144 mph|