World Racing Team has a Successful Outing at NOPI XBOX Cup in Phoenix

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A recap of events from the World Racing Team PRo Front Wheel Drive Scion tC drag racing team.

Christian Rado and his World Racing Scion tC Pro FWD racing team turned in a runner up finish at the recent NOPI Arizona XBOX Cup racing series nationals at Firebird Raceway near Phoenix, Arizona. After struggling for the past 2 seasons with a unique combination in Pro FWD which features rear wheel drive based drivetrian components, Rado 30 of Hollywood, California and his team were finally able to locate and extract some of the potential of this unique race car.

Qualifying began Saturday with the World Racing team making a conservative run for the first session with an 8.81 at 167 mph.

“Our goal was simply to go from A to B on the first run because we don’t have a lot of data to work with on this combination,” explained Shane Tecklenburg, 31 of Aliso Viejo, California, the crew chief for the team. “But I think we were too cautious. We will have to step up our game if we want to be around on Sunday afternoon,” said Tecklenburg.

The second qualifying session produced a much better ET but still not the sort of speed the team was shooting for with an 8.43 at just 152 miles per hour. Even though the run was a personal best in this car for Rado, he would have been happier with a slightly better performance.

“I am happy we ran the .43 but the car lost power as I shifted into 5th gear. The motor was still revving but the car was slowing down. After we got the car back to the pits and looked at the data, we found our problem.”

During the run, as the last gear change was made the intake pipe burst off of the throttle body which meant no more boost. The engine ran the last quarter of the track as if it were an all motor car. But the determined team rose to the occasion and repaired the broken pipe in time for the third qualifying round.

After waiting in line for the final shot at the Firebird Raceway quarter mile, the World Racing team which is sponsored by Scion, ACT Clutches, Bosch Electronics, and REV Valves were poised to throw all they had at the car and try to procure the number one qualifying position. A freak occurrence with the staging beams in competitor Jason Hunt’s lane through the timing system a curveball and, as fate would have it, both drivers left before the tree was activated. Rado chased Hunt down and the two were virtually side by side at halftrack, but as the finish line approached the power of the Scion tC overcame that of Hunt and passed him just before the lights. Unfortunately for both teams, the timing system did not record a time for either so both would have to be content with their qualifying times from the previous sessions. That placed the World Racing Scion in the number 2 position behind Ali Afshar by a mere .001 second 8.437 to Afshar’s 8.436.

“We finally make a good clean run and now we have no time. Oh well at least Shane and Gary and the guys will have data to work with for tomorrow. I am so proud of my team because we have made significant progress even though it may not seem like it on the outside. We are excited about tomorrow and the rest of the season,” stated Rado.

Because the number 1 qualifier receives a bye into the final round, the stage was set for a Rado vs. Hunt rematch in the first elimination round of Pro FWD.

After the burnouts were complete, Rado was quick to back up and pull into the pre stage beam. As Hunt staged his car, Rado’s car began to thunder on the hyper-boost program. Once Rado was staged the tree came down he jumped to a ½ second lead out of the gate with a holeshot. Hunt took off in furious pursuit but despite his better elapsed time he was not able to overcome the huge starting line advantage and handed the World Racing team their first round win of 2006 while solidifying their birth into the finals against Afshar with a 8.428 170.13 defeating a quicker 8.253 168.

“That was a huge win for our team,” said Rado. “We have been working so hard over the off-season to prepare our new car which is being built by Rob Miller at Sinister Race Cars. We are not quite finished with that car yet so we brought this old car out of the mothballs and with the talents of Gary Kubo, Kurt Siebel, Shane Tecklenburg and Rob Miller we resurrected this thing into a pseudo race car. I can’t say enough about my crew but soon everyone will see they are the best in the business.”

Tecklenburg was quick to throw praise back to Rado, “we were vulnerable there but we have a great driver who dug deep to overcome a 2 tenths performance disadvantage. We had a little luck too which doesn’t hurt but mostly Chris saved our bacon on that run.”

Once the team returned to the trailer the excitement of the moment was overcome by the dismal finding in the gearbox. The data showed that as Rado approached the 1000 foot mark during that run, the driveshaft broke and ripped the bolts out of the transmission. With less than an hour to make the final round and no spares, the World Racing team nevertheless rallied and put the car back together enough to make the call for the final round.

“We knew we didn’t have it repaired enough to make a run. But this is NOPI XBOX Drag Racing and anything can happen. So we went up there to stage the car and take the tree just in case something happened to Ali on the run,” explained Rado.

“We didn’t win today -- but in our own way we did. The team worked really well together and this is just our first race as a team. Were going to go home, concentrate on our new car and comeback to win one of these races before too long.”

The next event the World Racing Team plans to attend is the NHRA Virginia Sport Compact Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park in Richmond, Virginia on April 22-23, 2006.

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