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Prayoonto Racing Team - Dream Team

The Prayoonto Racing Collective

Rodrez
Oct 25, 2013
Photographer: Henry Z. De Kuyper

The recipe for any successful race team, whether its focus is screaming down the straight and narrow, or pushing through back-to-back turns, consists of a few crucial ingredients. This list of must haves, in no particular order, includes skill, leadership, a capable stable of vehicles, and in the professional realm, a solid team of sponsors to help maintain a level of consistency. In the case of Prayoonto Racing, all of the ingredients are there, and the chef, one Norris Prayoonto, carries the burden of team leader, sponsorship negotiator, and business owner.

The Genesis

Before the eventual success of Prayoonto Racing, Norris started at the ground floor with Hondas. In the '90s, he was introduced to the Honda world; an introduction that he admits was completely foreign to him. "When I first started working on cars, I couldn't even install bolt-ons, much less take a whole motor apart or put one together. I learned by watching people. I never went to school to learn about cars, I never even learned how to tune, I just watched and tried it out for myself." The mental notes and focus paid off, as Norris' resume is packed with high horsepower engines, both naturally aspirated and turbo, that have laid down multiple record-breaking times. In fact, the Prayoonto Racing team has captured more than 75 wins over the last decade.

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Team Building

The team's creation was the result of natural progression combined with the concept of putting together a dream team of vehicles and capable drivers. Norris explains, "It really started with me racing, and then my wife Loan began racing her street car back in the day. At that time, I had a pro car, then there were 2 pro cars, and then I built her a car. From there it just kept growing and growing. I had a shop for a while, but sold that and decided to race full time. With the cars built, I hand picked the team." A seasoned veteran himself, Norris chose to step out of the driver's seat two years ago in order to oversee the team; a job that can cause just as much, or perhaps even more stress than anticipating the flash of the tree. "On race day, there's a lot of collecting data in between runs. I go over everything to make sure nothing is broken because everything has to be working right. There are so many factors to keep in mind, like track conditions, weather, and the data collected, etc. I still drive sometimes, for example; if Loan can't make it to an event then I often drive the cars on test days to collect data. It's sometimes less stressful to not drive on race day, but then again, it gets really stressful if there are problems that come up, and overseeing these four cars is a marathon!"

Race prep really never ends, as Norris and the Prayoonto crew juggle working on the team cars in between wrenching on customers cars. Throughout the week, a normal schedule is kept, right up until race day begins to loom overhead. Norris adds, "We want to make sure everything is 100 percent so that there's no problems on race day. And if by chance there are problems, we want to make sure we're fully prepared to deal with them. We work pretty normal hours until the last few days prior to a race, and then we end up working well into the night."

Sponsor Support

As you flip through the pages and view these four purpose-built drag cars, you'll notice that each one proudly sports multiple sponsors that help contribute to the team's success. "I've been working with great companies for years. Clutchmaster since the late '90s, and BC, DSS, and Supertech for at least the past four years. We've been really fortunate to have these companies and so many more supporting us for all of these years. They keep us going and I feel like as a team, we're a marketing tool for our sponsors, and that's the goal--represent them and advertise how well their products work by doing well on race day."

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The Business Side

With the experience and countless hours of testing applied to the race cars, Norris and his team have also developed some signature products of their own. The now infamous "Gangsta Lean" brackets-which allow a k series engine to be tilted forward, granting better weight distribution, improved hood clearance and aerodynamics for cars armed with larger intake manifolds or ITB kits--are being used by a number of top competitors. "We started selling to the public about 3-4 years ago. We've experimented with so many cams, headers, mounts, etc, I just met with the right people and it turned into a business."

It's obvious that in Norris Prayoonto's eyes, long term sponsor relations run much deeper than mere parts and colorful livery, "The main thing about Prayoonto Racing is I've had great company's supporting me for years. Without them, I wouldn't be where I am today. Racing is my full time job, and a lot of people can't say that. I'm blessed to have these people around me, along with the great relationships with the sponsors."

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The Cars

The Clutchmasters sponsored '06 Civic coupe and Brian Crower (BC) '06 RSX share a number of similarities. Both are built on a tube frame chassis, and each relies on virtually identical powerplants that consist of BC K24s (2.6L) loaded with BC stroker kits, Prayoonto Stage 6 cams, sky-high compression ratios, and an AEM brain calling the shots.

The Clutchmasters Civic was built from scratch three years ago and served as Prayoonto's first dive into the murky waters of tube frame chassis fabrication. Norris adds, "That car took a lot of time and a lot of money, but it is what it is. We've actually crashed it twice already, but we still have the Insight drag car and plan to bring that out in the meantime. Tube frame FWD Hondas are still pretty rare, but building that car made me realize that I should have built a tube frame car a long time ago. There's so many advantages that a uni-body car just doesn't have. It's definitely the way to go for a FWD platform if you have the opportunity." The advantages have led the coupe to a best of 8.92-- a time that, just a few years ago, seemed impossible for a naturally aspirated Honda.

Not far behind the Civic with a blistering 9.05, is the BC RSX, a vehicle that Norris purchased last summer. Initially built over 10 years ago, and previously serving duty as a Pro FWD car, the Prayoonto crew rebuilt much of the car both inside and out. Within three months of the purchase, the car was up and running, ready to do battle as a Pro Stock/Pro All Motor competitor.

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Norris' wife, Loan Prayoonto, pilots the Driveshaft Shop sponsored '95 Civic, but that wasn't the vehicle she started out with. Norris states, "She had an EK before, and we sold it, but Loan missed racing and wanted to get back out there. I bought this car and have been working on it ever since. This car takes priority since it's my wife's car, and I always want her to do well." Loan has gone way beyond doing well; muscling her way into 9-second territory and in turn, establishing herself as a serious threat at the very top of the All Motor food chain.

The spec list reveals almost exactly the same engine configuration that you'll find in Prayoonto Racing's All Motor tube frame cars, a winning formula that nets over 400 whp and has proven itself lethal during competition. Going back to the theory of only selling parts that he's confident will work well under fire, the DSS Civic sports Prayoonto Racing's signature "Gangsta Lean" brackets that rake the 2.6L K24 forward, and allow the Kinsler ITB/Prayoonto Racing custom airbox combo to work seamlessly.

With so much success in the All Motor classes, the intricately built Supertech Integra seems almost anti-Prayoonto. Norris explains, "I bought the Integra chassis from Matt Keller of InlinePro back in '06. One of my sponsors suggested I try getting into the forced induction world, so he lent me a hand with it."

Powering the Supertech car is a K24 with displacement reduced to 2.187, and a turbo friendly compression ratio of 10:1. A 72mm Comp Turbo CT5bb mounted to an ultra-efficient AFI turbo manifold moves enough air to generate well over 1,000 whp and a best pass of 8.65--a time that catapulted the Integra to the top spot in the SFWD class.

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Clutchmasters '06 Civic

Jonathan Reynolds
Best time: 8.92 @153.01

Brian Crower '06 RSX

Driver: Eric Medina
Best time: 9.05 @156

Prayonto racing team clutchmasters brian crower 06 RSX 07 Photo 7/19   |   Prayoonto Racing Team - Dream Team

Bolts & Washers

Propulsion
K24
BC stroker kit (2.6L)
AEM engine management
AEM ignition
AEM coils
JE pistons 15:1
Prayoonto Racing rods
Prayoonto Stage 6 cams
5 Axis CNC
MCP/Prayoonto cylinder head
Mission Critical Performance headwork
Supertech valve springs
Supertech retainers
Supertech keepers
Ferrea rocker arms
Kinsler individual throttle bodies
Prayoonto Racing airbox
Prayoonto Racing header
Weldon 2015 fuel pump
Fuel Injector Clinic 1100cc injectors
K-Tuned lines and fittings
Weldon fuel filter
Weldon fuel regulator
Barnes oil system
Gerber fab custom radiator
K-Tuned radiator hoses
PPG transmission
K-Tuned shifter
Clutchmasters clutch
Clutchmasters flywheel
Driveshaft Shop differential
Driveshaft Shop axles

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Suspension
Strange Engineering coilovers
Tubular control arms

Resistance
Wilwood calipers

Prayonto racing team clutchmasters brian crower 06 RSX air intake port 09 Photo 9/19   |   Prayoonto Racing Team - Dream Team

Wheels & tires
Front: Weld 15x9
Mickey Thompson 24.5x9
Rear: 15x3.5 Weld

Exterior
Carbon fiber shell
Tube frame chassis by Gerber

Prayonto racing team clutchmasters brian crower 06 RSX grant steering wheel 10 Photo 10/19   |   Prayoonto Racing Team - Dream Team

Interior
AIM sports MXL display
Grant steering wheel
K-Tuned shifter/knob
Racequip safety net

DSS '95 Civic

Driver: Loan Prayoonto
Best time: 9.93 @140.01

Prayonto racing team clutchmasters DSS 95 civic 11 Photo 11/19   |   Prayoonto Racing Team - Dream Team

Bolts & Washers

Propulsion
K24
Hasport mounts
Prayoonto Racing "Gangsta Lean" brackets
BC stroker kit (2.6L)
AEM engine management
AEM ignition
AEM coils
JE pistons 15:1
Prayoonto Racing rods
Prayoonto Stage 6 cams
5 Axis CNC
MCP/Prayoonto cylinder head
Mission Critical Performance headwork
Supertech valve springs
Supertech retainers
Supertech keepers
Ferrea rocker arms
Kinsler individual throttle bodies
Prayoonto Racing airbox
Prayoonto Racing header
Weldon 2015 fuel pump
Fuel Injector Clinic 1100cc injectors
K-Tuned lines and fittings
Weldon fuel filter
Weldon fuel regulator
Barnes oil system
Gerber fab custom radiator
K-Tuned radiator hoses
PPG transmission
K-Tuned shifter
Clutchmasters clutch
Clutchmasters flywheel
Driveshaft Shop differential
Driveshaft Shop axles

Prayonto racing team clutchmasters DSS 95 civic K24 engine 12 Photo 12/19   |   Prayoonto Racing Team - Dream Team

Power
420 whp

Suspension
Omni coilovers
Kingpin control arms

Prayonto racing team clutchmasters DSS 95 civic prayoonto racing header 13 Photo 13/19   |   Prayoonto Racing Team - Dream Team

Wheels & Tires
Front: 13x9 Nitro Blades
Mickey Thompson 24.5x9
Rear: 15x3.5 Nitro Blades

Interior
10pt cage by Gerber
Sparco steering wheel

Prayonto racing team clutchmasters DSS 95 civic sparco steering wheel 14 Photo 14/19   |   Prayoonto Racing Team - Dream Team

Supertech 2000 Integra

Driver: Chris Miller
Best time: 8.65 @178

Prayonto racing team clutchmasters supertech 2000 integra 15 Photo 15/19   |   Prayonto Racing Team Clutchmasters Supertech 2000 Integra 15

Bolts & Washers

Propulsion
K24
Hasport mounts
Prayoonto Racing "Gangsta Lean" brackets
BC stroker kit
AEM engine management
AEM ignition
AEM coils
JE pistons 10:1
GRP rods
Prayoonto Racing Stage II cams
MCP/Prayoonto cylinder head
5 Axis CNC
Mission Critical Performance headwork
Supertech valvesprings
Supertech retainers
Supertech keepers
Ferrea rocker arms
Comp Turbo CT5bb 72mm
AFI exhaust manifold
Prayoonto Racing downpipe
Kinsler intake manifold
Garrett custom core intercooler
Tial MVR wastegate
Tial blow-off valve
Weldon 2345 fuel pump
Fuel Injector Clinic 2150cc injectors
K-Tuned lines/fittings
Weldon fuel filter
Weldon ruel regulator
Gerber Fab radiator
K-Tuned radiator hoses
PPG transmission
K-Tuned shifter
Clutchmasters clutch
Clutchmasters flywheel
Driveshaft Shop differential
Driveshaft Shop axles

Power
1,000+ whp

Suspension
Omni coilovers
Kingpin control arms

Resistance
Wilwood calipers

Wheels & Tires
Front: 13x10 Nitro Blades
Mickey Thompson 24.5x9
Rear: 15x3.5

Chassis
10pt cage by Gerber

Prayonto racing team clutchmasters supertech 2000 integra K24 engine 16 Photo 19/19   |   Prayoonto Racing Team - Dream Team

Interior
AIM MXL cluster
Carbon fiber bucket seats
Simpson harness
K-Tuned shifter/shift knob

Props
Clutchmasters, DSS, BC, Supertech, K-Tuned, NGK, MCP, Fuel Injector Clinic, PPG, Vibrant Performance, Eat Sleep Race, AEM, FTW Racing Fuels, Tial Sport, Comp Turbo

Sources

Supertech Performance
San Jose, CA 95136
408-448-2001
http://www.supertechperformance.com
Driveshaft Shop
Salisbury, NC 28147
704-633-2380
http://www.driveshaftshop.com
AEM Electronics
Hawthorne, CA 90250
310-484-2322
www.aemelectronics.com
Clutchmasters
Rialto, CA 92376
909-265-9031
http://www.clutchmasters.com
Prayoonto Racing
703-507-0871
www.prayoontoracing.com
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