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2001 Acura Integra GS-R - Crazy Train

Back To Grassroots Racing. The Right Way

Brian McGurk
Jul 23, 2010
Photographer: Rodrez

Chad Barber's 2001 Integra GS-R
Admit it, you wish you had a drag car. The high horsepower numbers, the smell of race fuel, the palpable tension when two cars rumble up to the Christmas tree. Any enthusiast worth their salt can at least appreciate a well put together track rat; although most probably salivate over single digit quarter mile monsters. Chad Barber out of Modesto, CA, is one of the lucky ones who figured out a way to turn his appreciation into not only a career, but a winning one at that. Chad started his legal racing career over ten years ago after falling for a fully built Comptech Integra. He recalls, "I used to do stereos for show cars, and at one show in particular, I saw a Comptech sponsored Integra and it was over. The very next day I went out and started piling up parts. That was just the beginning."

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Chad's first Integra took him from one race to the next and from one coast to the other stacking wins along the way. The single car open trailer turned into a four car enclosed mobile garage, and the two man/one car team eventually grew into a fully stabled and amply staffed racing powerhouse. In short; Chad had made it. "It was nuts, I knew we were doing something right when ESPN came into the pits to talk to us. It was great!" Unfortunately Chad's racing dreams had the brakes put on when the economy took a definitive nose dive. "Some things happened and everything went away; the trailer, the 8,500-square-foot warehouse, everything. I found myself in Modesto with my three girls, no crew, garage, trailer, or anything. I had to start over. It really didn't bother me, and I felt like as long as I could race, I'd be fine," Chad reflects. Not long after Chad and his family settled into their new digs, he decided to start fresh with a new car. "I got a call from a buddy of mine and he'd come into an '01 Integra theft recovery. It was a rolling shell, and for $200 bucks it couldn't be beat-especially since we were going to tear it apart anyway and everyone likes seeing a newer chassis on the track." With the car secured, a crew was once again needed. Chad starting putting feelers out for a few good men...or women in this case. "I've got my kids now and can't spend all my time in the garage. I needed someone capable who I could count on; that's when I called Lisa Kubo. We'd met a few years back in the racing scene, and I knew she'd been thinking of throwing her hat into the FWD racing ring again, so I asked her if she wanted in on our team and she said 'Hell yeah!' Chad had never been a forced induction guy, but wanting to get Lisa into a car that could live up to her legacy meant he had to leave his all motor roots at the door and start learning all over again. "It was like starting all over from scratch. Thankfully, I've been blessed to have some of the most intelligent and capable people in the business assisting us to build the best car we can, from the engine builder, to some trusted consultants, only the best hands have touched this car."

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With the Integra in his possession and a driver secured, Chad got to wrenching on his new track attacker's power plant. Under the hood is a fire breathing B18C1 taken to 1.9 liters and stuffed with the best go fast parts around; from the lightweight crank pushing a set of Arias pistons inside a Golden Eagle sleeved block, to the monstrous Bullseye power 372 turbocharger straddling a Portflow head packed with Supertech components. Essentially, no corners were cut. "The car hasn't been tuned yet, but we know similar setups have made upwards of 840hp. We'll be tweaking and tuning before this season and should make anywhere between there and 1,000hp. We need 8.60s to stay competitive so that's what we're shooting for." Helping get all 850-plus screaming ponies to the pavement are a set of Bogart racing Pro 4s; 13x8 up front, and 15x3.5 out back. Skunk2 Pro C coilovers up front and Penske running gear on the tail light end will help keep the car on the straight and narrow. Keepings Lisa safe and sound at 100-plus mph is accomplished with an NHRA-spec safety cage, and a MOMO bucket seat. Chad wanted this car to exceed everyone's expectations, so a simple "drag-ready" setup simply wouldn't do. "I never expected to get to this level of success, especially with such a small crew. But with Lisa on board I wanted this car to be really special, so instead of just shaving the rain gutters, Corey Shaw and I spent almost four weeks shaving the bay and everything in it; it came out awesome! I love the look, but I don't think I'll ever do it again." Chad finished off the body with a JCR three-piece fiberglass front end, a fresh silver paint job, and some advertising for all his sponsors. As you're reading this, the car should be at 100 percent, especially after the Rywire.com guys get their hands on it. In the meantime, Chad's working on setting up his and Lisa's debut for the car. The event is a grassroots, old school, cash prize shootout in the Sacramento area. "I've been working really hard on getting this event going. There won't be any huge corporate sponsors or million dollar cars. This is done by people like me and Lisa for the average enthusiast. They're the future of this sport and we need something like this."

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Chad's got no overblown dreams of grandeur when it comes to his racing career, he's just happy to be here. "Lisa and I are kind of a two man/woman crew; we do most of everything. We have people who consistently help us out and we're super thankful for that, but it feels like more of an accomplishment when we do well since it's just us and no huge pressure from sponsors or anything. In my eyes, this is how it's supposed to be." Chad's been to the top of the pile and finds his new role as more of a team leader/planner a welcome change of pace. "I wish I could spend more time in the driver's seat, and when I get a chance, I do, but with my girls and my other responsibilities, I had to take a step back. That's why I'm trying to get these shootouts going, and keep my shop open. There's a whole group of guys who want to race and couldn't for years with the saturation of the field with the huge corporate sponsors; now it's going back to what it used to be, with guys wrenching in their garage." As far as the future goes, Chad's hoping for the best. "It's up to the racers where this sport goes. It went from huge money sponsors slugging it out, back to individuals doing "for racers-by racers" type events. The local small time guy buys parts from his local shop which eventually sponsors a racer, or an event; the racers keep this going and the more involved they are the better our industry gets. That's why I do what I do, because I love it."

Bolts & Washers

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Propulsion
Golden Eagle sleeved b18c1
Eagle lightweight crankshaft
Arias pistons
GRP aluminum rods
C and R racing Aluminum radiator
Skunk2 Radiator hoses
M Factory 4 speed dog box transmission
Competition Clutch flywheel
Competition Clutch Carbon Carbon 5.5-inch
NGK V-power spark plugs
MSD ignition spark plug wires
MSD ignition, ignition
MSD ignition HVC 7 series coil
MSD Distributor
Custom Speedfactory 4-inch downpipe
Custom Speedfactory forward facing manifold
Custom Speedfactory wasteGate piping
Twin Tial 44mm wastegate
Tial 50mm BOV
Custom CTR 3-inch intercooler piping
Custom CTR 5 gallon fuel cell
BDL 74mm Throttle body
Golden Eagle Intake Manifold
Golden Eagle Pro Series fuel rail
Bullseye Power S372 Turbocharger
Driveshaft shop 5.9 axels
Aeromotive Fuel Pressure Regulator
Aeromotive Fuel Filter
Earl Fuel lines
Earl Fuel Fittings
2000cc EFI wizard fuel injectors
Python injection Bosch 044 twin fuel pumps
Skunk2 Pro 1 camshafts
Portflow Cylinder head
Supertech valves
Supertech valve springs
Supertech retainers
Supertech keepers
Supertech bronze valve guides
Top Secret boost controller
Motorvational Engine management
RacePak data logger

Stance
FR: Penske adjustable threaded
shock body coilovers
RR: Skunk2 Pro C drag coilovers
M factory suspension bushings
Skunk2 Pro series front camber kit
Skunk2 Pro series rear camber kit

Resistance
Corey Shaw Brake line tuck
CNC staging brake

Wheels & Tires
bogart racing pro 4s powdercoated:
FR: 13 x 8 w/ 4.5-inch backspace
RR: 15x 3.5
FR: Mickey Thompson 13 x 24.5 x 9
RR: Mickey Thompson 15 x 3.5 x 22

Exterior
JCR 3 piece front end

Interior
MOMO start racing seat
MOMO MOD steering wheel
Simpson safety belt
Stroud window net
Stroud rear parachute
S2 double bend shifter
S2 shift knob
NHRA certified 10pt. cage

Props
My girls, I love them more than anything!
Lisa & Gary Kubo
Christian Baird
Earl Ward
Ricky & Matt from Speedfactory
Andre from Midnight Performace
Corey Shaw Developments
Stephan from Mfactory
RYwire, Mfactory
Skunk2, Supertech
Competition Clutch
Motorvation, Royal Purple
Arias Pistons, Driveshaft shop
Golden Eagle, Bullseye power turbos
Venom, Synchrotech
BDL industries, Mickey Thompson
Bolt Boys, Competition Race Fuels
WPC Coating, Speedfactory
Midnight Performance

Owner Specs

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Favorite website
Honda-Tech.com

Screen name or nickname
CTRparts.com or Atrain

Building Hondas for how long
10 years

Your dream car
I own it! Our drag Integra

Build inspiration
Fast and Furious LOL, putting Lisa in a car worthy of her seven-second Saturn

What's playing in your iPod/CD/ MP3 player right now
Rob Thomas

Greatest movie of all time
Heat

For racers, by racers
Chad Barber's had his hands in the racing scene for over a decade. There's no question that it's his passion, but the hours can be a bit tough. "I got into all of this a bit late. I won't date myself, but I'm starting to feel the long nights." Chad's not letting his experience go to pasture. He's converted all he's learned into a very successful speed shop based out of the Modesto, CA, area. "The shop does everything from custom fabrication to dyno tuning. We can literally build a car from the ground up if you want." Chad recently expanded his local skills to a worldwide audience with a new website and digital store front. So weather you're down the street, or in the middle of Kansas, Chad's team can help you get your Honda some REAL parts. "The replica market is so big now, I'm just glad to be able to put quality parts out there and help support the scene I love." Working hard to make his shop a success has afforded Chad more time to spend with his girls, and even though Chad's shop is geared more toward the serious racer, he's always down to lend a hand. "I'll help anyone who needs the help. There are a lot of haters in the world especially in racing, and adversity makes you a stronger person. There's no question this racing thing has made me a much stronger person." For more information on Chad's shop, log onto http://www.ctrparts.com (Crazy Train Racing).

Sources

Skunk2 Racing
Norco, CA 92860
951-808-9888
http://www.skunk2.com
Royal Purple
Porter, TX 77365
888-382-6300
www.royalpurple.com
Supertech Performance
San Jose, CA 95136
408-448-2001
http://www.supertechperformance.com
CTR Parts (Crazy Train Racing)
Modesto, CA 95351
209-521-3966
http://www.ctrparts.com
MFactory
Clinton, UT 84014
801-425-3844
http://www.teammfactory.com
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