Alex Rogeo and the Pacific Street Car Association returned to Southern California quarter mile drag racing at Auto Club Dragway inFontana,California this past weekend. The dragway was closed for almost two years during a legal tussle with neighbors over noise issues. After many great companies stepped up and provided funding in excess of one million dollars to build a sound barrier wall, the track is back in business. And so is the PSCA. The return toFontana saw high car counts, a busy vendor midway and lots of spectators.
Even boxing superstar, Mikey Garcia, current WBO Super Featherweight world champion was spotted at the track and in the pits talking to Alex and her crew. Mikey is a huge fan of drag racing and possesses an NHRA Super Comp license himself. Speculation about Mikey getting into drag racing in a serious way may have some truth to it. Mikey lives in Southern California and with the return of racing toFontana he joined the many fans coming out for a day at the races.
“It feels so great to be racing again here inFontana,” said Ms. Rogeo. “This is the track where I took my first ever pass down a drag strip. This is the track where I earned my first ever number one qualifier. It feels a lot like coming home.”
Alex talked about the PSCA being back atFontana, “I really like the PSCA format where you have practice on Friday at the racers’ only test and tune, then time trials and qualifying on Saturday and racing on Sunday. It feels like a real race weekend, you’re getting a lot of racing for your entry fee. Some races where you show up in the morning and it’s all over and you’re going home that night win or lose just don’t provide the same immersive racing experience. I also like that the PSCA gives the bracket classes a time trial on Sunday morning so that everyone has a chance to get a handle on their setup if conditions or weather changed overnight. It makes the race more competitive.”
The three day weekend format worked for Alex and her team. The track was green on Friday and many cars struggled finding the setup to launch hard. On Saturday the track came around in a big way and from then on the track had real teeth and stayed that way right through the finals.
“Great job by the Auto Club Dragway crew,” said Alex’s crew chief and MoparMax magazine Editor-Publisher, Richard Kratz. “This was the best racing surface we’ve had for over a year, it was nice to get a chance to lock down a good setup and not chase the track all day. We were worried after the rain overnight on Friday, but by Saturday afternoon we were producing consistent sixty foot times.”
“The car was consistent as can be on race day when it came to sixty foots and ET,” continued Alex. “Of course, I’d rather have gone to the final, but I lost two great, very close races, one to the defending champion, Rob Strong, in the Bracket-1 class and one to Ryan Houmard in Street Muscle. But we went rounds and kept points coming in the championship chase and that’s what counts in the long run.”
In fact, Alex moved up from second in the points to first in the Street Muscle class. It’s a tight points chase with Alex only ten points ahead of Larry Pittenger and Nolin Brandt. With four more races to go in the series this year, every point and round will count.
Alex thanked her marketing and racing partners, Arrington Performance, shopHEMI.com, Magnuson Superchargers, The Driveshaft Shop, Mickey Thompson Tires, Champion, MAHLE Aftermarket and MAHLE Motorsports, Mountain View Performance, Unitrax Drivetrain, Westminster Performance Transmissions, LAT Oil, Hedman Hedders, Weld Racing, Strange Engineering, Hot Rods & Horsepower, Speed Scene Live andTony Rowe Enterprises.