Alex Rogeo and her team are preparing her Arrington Performance MAHLE Original race car for the second half of the NMCA West series. Alex started the year very strong, winning the first race of the year at Mopars at the Strip (or Musclecars at the Strip as it is now known) and then a very strong outing in the opening 2016 NMCA West race. Since then the team has struggled with two difficult issues on the car. Read the rest of this entry →
Alex Rogeo started the 2016 NMCA West championship series by securing the #1 qualifier spot in the Quick Street class at the Nitto Tires Spring Nationals at Auto Club Dragway in Fontana, California, and took her Liquid Glow Arrington Performance 2007 Dodge Magnum down to the final five cars. With the qualifying bonus points, she starts the season in fourth place.
“This was our first NMCA West race,” said Alex. “We’ve made this our main points series for the year and the level of competition is really high. There are racers here that have won so many races, so many various championships over the years that we knew going into this that this was going to be both fun and really tough.”
This race comes on the heels of Alex’s win at Muscle Cars at the Strip two weeks ago in the Arrington Performance New HEMI Challenge class. The team had some work to do between the two races.
“We had something not quite right with the transmission,” said Alex. “We took the car to Westminster Performance Transmission and the team there went through it and found a sticky valve. They fixed that and the transmission performed flawlessly all weekend. Also, this is a stock-based race car and we have had problems off and on for the last two years with cutting and throwing engine supercharger belts. The car went to Mountain View Performance in Rancho Cucamonga and Dave Beckley implemented an idea my crew chief, Richard Kratz had come up with that looks like it has ended our belt problem for good. We not only ran in the 9s all weekend, but we ran really consistently.”
“This weekend we really got to focus on learning the car,” said Richard. “We were sorting out a lot of teething problems with this car which has had so many upgrades since the end of last season. By Saturday I was getting a good handle on the car setup and that let Alex find her groove at the tree. By Sunday, the car was a machine running lap after lap within thousandths of a second.”
During qualifying on Saturday, the team looked at going into the last round of qualifying satisfied with the car and ready to go for a good qualifying spot. Quick Street qualifies based on reaction time so the car setup was changed slightly for the last round. After the first two rounds, Chris Davis had the provisional pole with a .001 reaction time, so there wasn’t a lot of room with which to work, only a perfect light could take the pole at that point. Late in the afternoon, Alex staged the car and managed to get a perfect .000 reaction time to secure the #1 qualifying spot and the bonus points that went with it. On Sunday, Alex took the car through three tough rounds of competition and her reward was to face prior class champion, Jeff Interlicchia. Alex went red by .018 and that ended her day.
“Of course I was mad at myself for that red light,” Alex said. “But, we’re leaving here in fourth place and that’s a pretty good position to start the season in. I’m already looking forward to the next race.”
Alex thanked all of her marketing partners, “I am so lucky to have such great partners. Thank you to MAHLE Aftermarket and MAHLE Motorsports, Magnuson Superchargers, Manley Performance, Diablosport, LAT Oil, Champion Spark Plugs, shopHEMI.com, Mickey Thompson Tires, Hedman Hedders, Driveshaft Shop, Bell Racing, Mountain View Performance, Weld Racing, AEM Electronics and Big John’s Performance. I couldn’t be where I am without these great companies.”
Alex Rogeo went four rounds in a tough field in the non-electronics class at SCSN Las Vegas. A record car count, over 500 cars, meant long days in the cool weather. But the weather also helped Alex set a new fastest time of 10.25 seconds at 130 MPH in her Liquid Glow MAHLE Arrington Dodge Magnum.
Alex Rogeo used a borrowed 2015 Volkswagen Jetta to earn enough round wins in the PSCA unlimited electronics Bracket-1 class to clinch her third place finish in the 2015 championship. Alex’s Liquid Glow MAHLE Arrington Dodge Magnum suffered a mechanical failure in the first round of practice on Friday that could not be repaired in time for the race on Sunday. On the advice of PSCA President, Mel Roth, Alex borrowed a Volkswagen brand vehicle so that she would be eligible to race in the special VW Powderpuff race being held in association with the regular PSCA races.
Alex Rogeo raced her Liquid Glow MAHLE Arrington Dodge Magnum to runner up in the Premier Street Car Association Magnafuel West Coast Shootout presented by Mickey Thompson Tires at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday. In going five rounds to the final, Alex took advantage of some good fortune to move from eighth place to third in the Bracket-1 championship points race with one event remaining. Read the rest of this entry →
Alex Rogeo and her Liquid Glow 2007 Dodge Magnum will make their NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series debut May 23rd in the Super Street class at Auto Club Dragway in Fontana California. Alex has raced Dick Krieger’s super comp altered in the series, but this will be the first time her famous Magnum competes in the series. Read the rest of this entry →
Alex Rogeo drove her Liquid Glow MAHLE Arrington Dodge Magnum to the finals in the Modern Muscle class at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway today. Alex earned solo runs on the basis of quick RTs on the way through the field to the final.