^tis because TQ overpowers drag.
X2 on the no need to remove it, automatic and only a 1/2 mile you won't hit the limiter. Also it's not like the few extra MPH will get you anywhere but a stiffer competition that will be pissed you're always in their way.
Have to ask though, does the car have ABS?
121,000 members and still no sponsored racing.