WASHINGTON, DC -- Following an intense offseason improvements program, Angela Proudfoot Racing (APR), one of the top professional sport compact drag racing teams, today announced that it has its sights set on breaking into the eight-second zone...
WASHINGTON, DC -- Following an intense offseason improvements program, Angela Proudfoot Racing (APR), one of the top professional sport compact drag racing teams, today announced that it has its sights set on breaking into the eight-second zone with its new methanol-powered 2003 unibody Honda Civic coupe.
This new car is the result of a huge effort made by the team to improve the performance of their racecar to a higher level than previously achieved. "By applying all we have learned over the last three years with our '98 Civic, we believe the setup in the new car will yield reliability and consistency in both the engine and the drivetrain," said Angela.
Inside the 1.8L B18C powerplant, JE pistons and Eagle rods massage AEBS' beefy, bulletproof sleeves. A BCE head outfitted with Racing Engine Valves' (REV) valve springs, retainers, and valves tops off the powerful engine combination while a Cometic head gasket seals them together. NGK spark plugs along with a Crane ignition produce the spark needed. Oiling is handled by Z10 Engineering's newly developed dry sump oil system. The tremendous power is generated by a massive custom-built Turbonetics turbo teamed with a Nitrous Express direct-port nitrous-oxide system. A Fluidyne direct-fit radiator yields optimum cooling capability while Goodridge aramid-braided lines and lightweight fittings tie it all together. The drivetrain has been strengthened with Quaife gears and an ATB differential working in tandem with Nitro axles. To finish it off, a lightweight spindle mount suspension and funny car roll cage have been built by Ken's Kustom Chassis to prepare the car for expected 170-mph speeds.
On the outside, APR's new logo will grace the hood of the racecar, which will feature a paint scheme incorporating the team's new vibrant colors of orange, yellow, white, and dark purple. "As we enter our most exciting and promising season, we felt it only natural that we should introduce a new look and a new identity to go along with our new racecar," said Angela.
The team will be competing for the championship in the Hot Rod class of the NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing series along with other selected sport compact races. "We fully intend to continue the streak we started last year of setting new career-best e.t.s at each and every race," said Angela. "We expect to break into the eights early on and remain a top contender in the NHRA Sport Compact series."
In 2002, Angela finished 6th in the NDRA (NOPI) The Fast and the Furious series and 9th in the NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing series with a best e.t. of 9.58-sec at 151 mph. Much of their success can be attributed to the support from their sponsors. Their Associate level sponsors from 2002, American Products Company (APC), Tokico USA, Inc., Offix Image Smart, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), have all renewed their contracts for 2003 with APC being the main sponsor of the team. "We are very happy to have all of our sponsors continue with our program this year, as each proved to be a mutually beneficial relationship."
Angela Proudfoot Racing, LLC (APR) is a Washington, DC based professional drag racing team competing nationally in sport compact drag racing series. For more information, visit www.angelaproudfoot.com.