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« on: March 04, 2009, 08:44:28 PM »

2008 WRX STI Wows Fans & Drivers at Auto Club Speedway

This past weekend, at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Team Crawford continued on their pioneering venture with their new 2008 WRX STI earning a2ndplace finish ( 1:42.327) at the Redline Time Attack. However the success was not without its challenges. The innovative skunkworks crew was faced with severe braking issues on the NASCAR ROVAL. Thankfully Tanner Foust (X-Games gold medalist, Drift Guru , Stunt Driver and now Top Gear USA TV Host) was on hand to pilot the 160mph WRX STI to another podium finish on Sunday.

As Tanner was not available on Saturday (filming Top Gear in Arizona), the Crawford crew turned to Tyler McQaurrie, factory Hankook Tire driver, fellow Hankook teammate, and Time Attack competitor of the super fast and super light (2200lbs) carbon fiber CWEST Honda S2000. Tyler enthusiastically took the Crawford 2008 WRX STI (2900lbs) out for a few shakedown & feedback sessions on Saturday. He was fairly impressed with the car’s development, the times it was running on Saturday (Crawford STI 1:43.5, CWEST S2000 1:42.6,) and offered a few suggestions that would help make the car even faster.

With the Crawford power train nearly dialed in at 600hp, the TEIN suspension working perfectly, the team and Tanner decided to devote all attention to the braking system on Sunday. Huge Brembo calipers already in use, the Crawford skunkworks crew decided to try a different pad compound. Unfortunately the front pads utilized were not up to the tasks demanded by the high speed NASCAR oval sections. The lessons were learned too late, the pads overheated, and glazed the front rotors. It was up to Tanner to make final run with little to no front brakes.

None of this seemed to matter too much for the spectators or Tanner for that matter, as the new 2008 WRX STI rolled out for its final lap. It was obvious that people eagerly anticipated how the Crawford WRX STI would survive given its current condition. And Tanner did what he does best. He electrified the crowd, other drivers and even surprised himself. Driver Billy Johnson, “I was following him into the turn and he got completely sideways. I thought he was going to loose it, but then he’d save it and continue on. I was completely amazed with the Crawford STI and with Tanner!”

When asked what makes this Time Attack car so competitive in so few months, owner Quirt Crawford responded, “Of course the level of expertise on staff help the 08 STI shine. But Subaru are the ones to thank for building such a great platform to start with. Simply add into that, support from our partners and Tanner’s superb driving skills… well it obvious at that point that its teamwork which helps make this 08 STI project a success!”

Thank you to all the Crawford Skunkworks Partners and Supporters. We eagerly look forward to the remainder of our Time Attack season. Be sure to check us out at Subie Fest (Willow Springs CA Sept 6th) & Virginia International Raceway GT Live Redline Time Event (Oct 3-5).

Long live the Fraternity of STI!

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Youtube: YouTube - Auto-Club Speedway Time Attack - Tanner Foust

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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2009, 12:19:58 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2009, 05:20:33 PM »

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