Talk to the NorCal Honda locals and the same name will come up: RedZone Performance. Attend a California-based car meet or track event and you'll likely come across more than a few Hondas plastered with stickers reading: RedZone Performance. Log on to your favorite Honda Web forum and you're bound to come across at least a few threads praising one shop's work and customer service in particular: RedZone Performance. Wait, customer service at a local Honda garage? Yep. RedZone works on just about any make or model import, but its reputation has grown because of what they've done on the Honda side of things.
Partners Brandon Budack, Jeremy Duarte, and Wayne Sausa opened shop just 45 minutes outside of downtown San Francisco in early 2003. In that short time they've managed to gain a foothold in a market that chews new shops up and spits them out on a regular basis. It could be that whole customer service thing, or maybe it's the guys' hard work, or even their meticulous eye for detail. One may never know but, either way, all three members take pride in getting their hands dirty-doing everything from basic engine swaps to full-blown race car builds and custom chassis fabrication. As is the case with any start-up, management is the key to progression and Nisa Duarte (Jeremy's wife) has grabbed ahold of the reigns here. Even Spoolin Performance's Phil Duong joined the party as he's recently moved his operation over to one of RedZone's work bays, offering customers even more expertise on the premises. Few shops can call themselves complete without a dyno, so RedZone got one. The recent addition of their Dynojet 224 gives the boys the ability to tune just about any piggyback or standalone system on the market and is arguably the key to their success.