In case you didn’t know, front-wheel-drive drag racing is one of the fastest-growing automotive sports in the U.S. Until recently, the race field was dominated by small, Japanese race cars. Many of these four-cylinder buzz bombs are capable of shattering the quarter-mile in less than 10 seconds. It’s exciting, it’s popular, and it’s profitable. All these elements combine to form a multimillion-dollar franchise that’s sweeping the nation. Some American cars have seen their share of track time in the process. Ford Focuses and Dodge Neons have both become standard fare at these events as well. Now that one of the most popular import drag racing associations, NIRA, has been absorbed by the NHRA and turned into the Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series, FWD drag racing is now being spotlighted in ways never before thought of. General Motors has seen what has become of this sport and has decided to build two cars around its new 2.2L four-cylinder ECOTEC motor: a Pontiac Sunfire driven by Marty Ladwig and a Chevy Cavalier driven by Stephanie Reaves. This motor, making only 150 hp in its normally aspirated street-bound version, has been massaged into a race-bred monster capable of spitting out in excess of 750 hp at the crank. Both cars will be front-wheel-drive, but the Chevy will be a tube-framed, Outlaw Class car, while the Pontiac will be a unibody racer. Look for them this season at an NHRA race near you.