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firemanfrank 05-25-2006 12:42 AM

3 Foci Hit the 1320 At Lebanon Valley!
Weather was mild, good racing weather. Cooled down to sweathshirt weather in the evening. And even though we were there and ready to race when the track opened at 6 p.m., Murphy's Law was chasing us all night long.

Wind blew out a couple of timing lights - DELAY.

Then someone's car lost a tire and ... yup, took out some more timing lights -

Then the printer in the Time Slip Booth went on the fritz, so everyone had to search for our time slips near the Racing Tower where they all were pinned up onto a corkboard!

(not so much of a delay, but a little irritating)

And they also had to stop to clean up "excess rubber" that had accumulated on the track (this, after only the first round). You guessed it - DELAY.

So all in all, we only ended up getting 3 runs in. Now, onto the time slips ...


Auto0utcast's '03 lightly modded zx3:

R/T....... .269
60'........ 2.352
330'...... 6.642
1/8....... 10.178
MPH...... 70.02
1000'.... 13.222
1/4........ 15.813
MPH...... 87.00

focuszxt's turbo '02 silver zx3:

R/T....... .5
60'........ 2.353
330'...... 6.563
1/8....... 9.432
MPH...... 78.07
1000'.... 12.216
1/4........ 14.564
MPH...... 96.06

Best run with my '06 ST, my only mod being "Stealth" CAI:
(1/2 tank of gas and the spare still in the trunk - I'm car #345)

And here's my first run, which has to take the trophy for the WORST 60 ft. time in the entire History of Drag Racing (WHEELHOP!):

ROLF! It's been 10 years since I've been to the drags, and I felt like it was my first time there!

But we had lots of fun.[:)]

Ripped_06_ST 05-25-2006 12:57 AM

a 16.1 whats up with that?

firemanfrank 05-25-2006 01:05 AM


Originally posted by WickedlyFastST
a 16.1 whats up with that?
What do you mean?

Ripped_06_ST 05-25-2006 01:08 AM

a 15.7 was ran in the ST stock.

firemanfrank 05-25-2006 01:30 AM


Originally posted by WickedlyFastST
a 15.7 was ran in the ST stock.
Apparently, you are referring to Motor Trend's test of the ST.
Cobalt LS vs Focus ST vs Spectra SX vs Mazda3 S vs Corolla XRS

Motor Trend does not rank high with me as a reliable testing journal.

So ...

First off, I was experiencing alot of wheelhop, so that limited me to low RPM launches. As a result, my best 60 ft. times were only 2.5 seconds.

Secondly, Car and Driver Magazine (the only one that I really trust) ran a 16.1 @ 86 with an ST.
C&D - 2005 Ford Focus ZX4 ST

And I ran a 16.1 @ 85.7. Pretty damn close if you ask me.

Thirdly, magazines do not test on dragstrips where the measured "roll out" and etc., could be somewhat different.
The Importance of 'Rollout'

And another VERY important facor is that I only had a total of 3 runs with my car. And I was improving with every successive run that I made. It is logical to think that an automotive journal would have made literally DOZENS of launches to find the perfect technique.

So in light of those facts, I could probably have beat C&D's times with maybe a 15.8/15.9 @ 87 mph.

So, are you still surprised?[;)]

Ripped_06_ST 05-25-2006 01:43 AM

I see thats all I was looking for was that you could have done better cause I know you could... you raced Mustang's.

firemanfrank 05-25-2006 02:18 AM


Originally posted by WickedlyFastST
I see thats all I was looking for was that you could have done better cause I know you could... you raced Mustang's.
Well, this is the world of front wheel drive ... which is a galaxy away from RWD's.

And as I said, I only had 3 runs in.

I got good at racing Mustangs because of the years and years of practice that I had racing them.

With the FWD ST, I have yet to have such practice.

Regardless, it seems that some of that experience did pay off nicely.

I went from a 16.8 on my first run, to a 16.1 on my 3rd (and final) run.

Ripped_06_ST 05-25-2006 02:24 AM

Very cool... lets race!!

kenpokid 05-25-2006 07:01 AM

Also, if you pull the spare out of the back, it really doesn't help make your car faster. I have ran with mine in and ran with it out and there was absoulutely no difference in time. The only thing it really does is lighten the rear end up a bit raising it so now the nose of the car has a little more weight transfer, hence ever so slightly better traction, but not enough to tell beacause the spare only weighs about 20lbs. I run pretty consistent times back to back at the track and there wasn't a difference.

firemanfrank 05-25-2006 09:23 AM


Originally posted by WickedlyFastST
Very cool... lets race!!

1/8 10.5-------------------1/8 10.471

And my only mod was the "Stealth" CAI. I believe you had exhaust (as well as a few other goodies) when you made your runs.

So yeah, I guess my past "racing experience" did help. [;)]

And this is how I compared to MightyMouse32287's ST (he had 7 runs):

60' 2.435------------------------60' 2.544
330 6.805-----------------------330 6.88
1/8 10.431----------------------1/8 10.471
MPH 67.04----------------------MPH 68.90

He beat me by 3/100's of a second in the 1/8, and my trap was 1.86 mph higher.

So in light of the above info, I've excceeded all my expectations for just my 3rd run in 10 years (and my 1st time in a FWD car).[:)]

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