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 is excited about the start of the 2015 season at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway March 14th, 2015. She will race the NHRA Summit Series that weekend, followed by the Pacific Street Car Association Magnafuel Nationals at LVMS March 22nd and finally the Mopars at the Strip race on March 29th. Read the rest of this entry →
Fontana, CA –Alex Rogeo and her Liquid Glow Arrington MAHLE Champion Spark Plugs team fought rear suspension issues but managed to leave the Pacific Street Car Nationals Calvert Racing Summer Nationals still in first place in the championship points for the Street Muscle class and apparently still in second place in the Bracket-1 class. With only two races left in the 2014 series Alex is locked into a tight battle with Larry Pittenger, Nolan Brandt and just behind them Jason Hoorn in Street Muscle and she is only two rounds behind Dick Krieger in Bracket-1. Read the rest of this entry →
Las Vegas, NV – Alex Rogeo and her Liquid Glow shopHEMI MAHLE Champion Spark Plugs team overcame tire issues and made it to the semi-finals in the Street Muscle class of the Pacific Street Car Association’s MagnaFuel Las Vegas Nationals presented by Goodyear Racing today. With three races left in the 2014 series Alex extended her lead in the class and remains in the hunt in Bracket-1 by staying in the top three there. Read the rest of this entry →
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. Read the rest of this entry →