Two Events, Two Scions, A First Place Finish, And A Number One Qualifying Time - A Great Weekend For Chris Rado And WORLD Racing
TORRANCE, Calif. - July 13, 2008 - Chris Rado and WORLD Racing competed in two events the weekend of July 12 and placed in both driving two different Scion tCs. Rado placed second at Battle of the Imports (BOTI) at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on July 12 with the Pro FWD tC and was the number one qualifier in the class. The following day at Super Lap Battle at Willow Springs International Raceway, Rado and WORLD Racing took a first place finish in the Unlimited FWD class and third place overall with the time attack tC.
During the first qualifying run in Las Vegas, the Pro FWD tC bogged a little and Rado put down an 8.13 e.t. at 188 mph. For the final round of qualifying on Saturday, Rado had a 7.64 e.t. at 188 mph for the number one qualifying spot.
For the first round of eliminations, Rado went up against Ed Bergenholtz. When Rado clicked into second gear, the passenger side steering knuckle broke and the tC headed hard left straight towards the wall as the passenger side wheel was pointing in and steering the car. Bergenholtz was having his own problems at the line, but after seeing Rado's dilemma, he hit the gas and passed the tC 100 feet before the finish line. Rado finished the race in second place.
During the first practice run at Willow Springs on Sunday, Rado's intercooler piping broke. The second race session was cut short as well as the tC popped a boost hose again.
Rado managed a 1.29 for his third run even though the car experienced misfiring and he took a passenger for a ride-along. In the pit, the team realized they had a blown fuel pressure regulator and had gone lean three times. After this was fixed, Rado went out for a final practice session, again with the passenger in the car.
Rado went out for four final laps and managed to pull a 1.27.55, which was two-tenths off his track record for the best Unlimited FWD lap time. Rado placed first in the Unlimited FWD class and in third place overall.
"Next time we're out at Willow Springs, people better watch out because we will definitely be running faster than a one-point-two-seven," said Rado. "Competing with RWD and AWD cars with extremely talented drivers is very challenging, and that's exactly what we are in the business for."