As the last event of the year, the two-day Shift-S3ctor Airstrip Attack 7 by Diamonds by Wire and OB Prestige went out with a bang by hosting the most powerful and record-setting half-mile drag we've seen to date. To give you an idea of how hot this event is, the total attendance was tallied at 1,500 over the course of both days with 240 participants. That's 120 of the fastest and most powerful street cars in the nation running each day. Saturday sold out in only 15 minutes, and Sunday was sold out in 24 hours. Ridiculous.
Yesterday, the race up Americaís Mountain officially began! It marked the first official Pikes Peak International Hill Climb practice and qualifying session where the competitors had an opportunity to record their times via the official timing body and assess the strengths and weaknesses of the teamsí vehicles. As valuable tuning and tinkering time wears thin, weíve now entered crunch time, just four days away from the main event. Many of the competitors have participated in sanctioned (and private) but officially untimed practice sessions over the past month, but yesterday marked the first mandatory practice day.
When you think about performance wheels, what comes to mind? Is it Rays Engineering or Volk Racing? How about BBS? Or Advan? For many, HRE Performance Wheels is the answer. Just about every motosports event we've covered this past year has had more than half of the serious contenders sporting a set of HRE wheels. World renowned for their in-house research, design, and manufacturing processes, HRE yields some of the industry's most aesthetically pleasing and properly engineered lines of performance alloys. So when HRE announced their second Open House at their manufacturing plant in Vista, California, it was quickly placed on our schedule as a “must-attend” event.
The alarms were set for the wee hours of the morning. Not that it mattered, though. Sleep was hard to come by with so much anticipation coursing through our veins of what we were about to witness after daybreak. After a long week of early mornings, late nights, a fan fest downtown and two days of high horsepower beasts tearing up the airport, it was finally time for one of the most storied races in North America: the 92nd running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
Day two of TX2K14 returned to Texas World Speedway to crown the first champions of the TX2K Roll Race Nationals. Today, TWS lived up to its nickname, "The Worlds Fastest Speedway." A few decades ago, when the speedway was a bustling hub for sanctioned motorsport, it was dubbed the fastest speedway when Mario Andretti set a record speed of 214.158 mph, while qualifying for an Indy race. The top speed achieved today by contrast, was set by a road-fairing, fire spewing Bull, clocking in at an impressive 201 mph. Needless to say, it's fitting today's record was set by the eventual Unlimited Class winner.