Our Top Ten List Season 3 opener was one for the books!! We had a extremely full house with over 300 cars in the staging lanes and a epic car show put together by Society’s Finest and Miami Street Dreams! Our Top Ten List Daily Driver Class and Ultimate King of The Streets Class brought out multiple cars for our different brackets. We had some amazing saves throughout the night with Nelson Pupo (N_Pupo) being by far the most heart clenching by saving his vehicle by pulling the chute on the long end as he raced Daniel Rodriguez (Frustrate_EG) from a Dig. Our 40mph bracket in both classes is based off mph trap speed and our Dig bracket in both classes is based off 1/4mile times for this qualifying event as long as they are with in each classes mph restrictions. Unfortunately we had 4 leak downs on the track causing multiple delays and issues for our Top Ten List Racing. Despite the leak downs we still saw some amazing racing and very fast qualifiers in both classes. Moving forward we will host our Top Ten List brackets between 8:00pm and 10:00pm through out all our Top Ten List events holding our regular races before and after that period to give the public the action they want to see and the ability to race through the night. As you will see in the results below, the delays of the leak downs and massive amount of cars going through the lanes delayed our list qualifying significantly. We return for Round 1 of our Top Ten List on December 15th at PBIR!
Our current list standings and classes are below:
Daily Driver class 40mph Roll Bracket:
- Christian – MRBoost Black MR2 158.17mph
- Javier – White K24 Boosted Sedan 148.20mph
- Chrystal Packard – Unicorn White GTR 148.04mph
- Clint (Blackee) – Blizzard ZR1 147.26mph
- Pritty Performance SRT4 144.50mph
- JP Reynolds Civic EG 142.43mph
- K24draggon Red Civic Si 138.01mph
- Reina Racing GTR 137.57mph
Ultimate King of The Streets Class 40mph Bracket Below:
- Alex Rodriguez GodSpeed 180.34 mph
- Daniel Rodriguez Frustrate EG 180.24 mph
- Danny Nunez MPI Dark Knight GTR 163.9 mph
Daily Driver Dig Bracket Below:
- Jr Racing Team Turbo Camaro – 8.27 1/4 mile
- Crystal Packard Unicorn White GTR – 9.76 1/4 mile
- Pedro Reina Racing GTR 10.30 1/4 mile
Ultimate King of The Streets Class Dig Bracket Below:
- Daniel Rodriguez Test Pass No Times
- Eddie Miller Savage Duster Test Pass No Times
2018 DRIFTWARZZ – Drifting Tech/Rulebook
- GENERAL RULES
- Pit speed is 5mph.
- Absolutely no burnouts, donuts or dangerous driving in the pits. This will be grounds for immediate ejection from the event.
- Pit areas must be kept clean. There are tons of trash cans…..USE THEM!
- No refunds will be given. Once you pay and enter, you are in. If your car breaks or doesn’t pass tech, you will not be issued a refund.
- All used tires must be taken with you. A tire changing service may be available at select events. All used tires must be taken with you, or disposed of (for a fee) by the tire changing company. If tires are left behind, we will no longer offer this convenience for you.
- Drivers meetings are MANDATORY! If you have not made prior arrangements with us, you not be allowed on track.
- Pay attention to and respect the track workers and staff. If you have an issue, or see something unsafe or dangerous, please bring it to our attention immediately.
- Solo (Beginners Class and Novice Class ) – Drivers who have just started drifting and need practice and instructional ride-alongs, and drivers who have proven themselves to have control of the car, who can make solid runs. Instructional ride-alongs are provided only by Advanced class drivers that DriftWarzz has approved.
- Intermediate: (Intermediate Class) – – Drivers who have proven themselves to have control of the car, drivers who can make mostly solid runs (spinning out on occasion). Also newly caged or caged drivers from other areas we need to evaluate for A class.
- Tandem (Advanced Class) – Drivers who have proven themselves not only to have control of the car, but also to have control of their car when multiple cars are on the track at the same time. These drivers must have an approved roll cage installed in their car to be in this class. This is the only class permitted to have a single passenger.
- ANOTHER note about classes: just because you have a cage, DOES NOT automatically put you in Advanced class, or mean you’re able to tandem at our events. If you’re a new driver, or from out of town with a cage, we will put you in Beginners or Novice class for a run group, so we can see you drive, and know that you’re not going to be endangering other drivers or yourself by running tandem. Please remember this isn’t a punishment, or a judgement. Honestly, we want to see EVERYONE running sick tandems with cages. we just need to know you’re up to it and can do it safely.
**DriftWarzz staff reserves the right to move a driver up or down in class as we feel is needed**
DRIFTWARZZ TECH REQUIREMENTS
You will not be allowed on track until you have gone through tech. If you pull to the line without a check mark on your car, you will be asked to pull to the tech shed and will have to wait until an official has time to come tech your car. COME EARLY TO GET THROUGH TECH QUICKLY AND ONTO THE TRACK!
- DRIVER/SAFETY EQUIPMENT: NON-NEGOTIABLE. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THESE ITEMS, YOU WILL NOT DRIVE.
- SA2010 or newer full faced helmet required. **DOT motorcycle helmets will NOT pass** Open face helmets are ONLY allowed with 4-point harnesses, and NOT allowed with stock belts.
- Long pants, closed toe shoes and shirts required.
- Fire extinguishers are mandatory for all cars. They must be securely mounted in a “quick release mount”, within reach of the driver while buckled in. These can be bought for less than $20 and are required.
- No fluid leaks
- If your engine has rod knock/is on the verge of death, you will not be allowed on track. If the knock/death sentence comes during the event, you will be asked to stop driving. WE DON’T WANT TO CLEAN UP OIL OFF THE TRACK!
- Coolant overflow tank is mandatory
- Oil Catch can is mandatory if you have modified your engine/intake/PCV. A COMPLETELY stock engine with factory PCV system intact will be allowed to run as-is.
- Gas cap must be present and sealed.
- If you have fuel cell instead of a stock tank, it must be top port (no bottom sump drag style cells), and it must be completely separated from the passenger compartment of the car by a sealed metal firewall.
- All wiring should be insulated/covered/taped/NO COPPER SHOWING!
- Battery must be TIGHTLY SECURED! No floppy batteries! (no zip ties, ratchet straps, or bungees)
- Must have working headlights and taillights (night events)
- Positive battery terminal must be covered
- If battery is in the passenger compartment, it must be in a sealed box.
- Brakes must work and have adequate pedal pressure
- Must have ALL LUG NUTS AND LUG STUDS!
- No excessive steering wheel/suspension play
- welded/LSD/locking diff is HIGHLY recommended
- Functioning handbrake HIGHLY recommended
- ALL LOOSE ITEMS MUST BE REMOVED FROM CAR. If it is not bolted down, it needs to be removed from your car before driving.
- Seats must be securely mounted
- If harnesses are installed a harness bar must be installed. Harnesses MAY NOT be bolted directly to the floor. A strut tower bar is NOT a harness bar. if you need to know how to properly mount your harnesses, google it. there’s even pictures and stuff.
- Lap AND Shoulder belt MUST be used
- Seat belts/Harnesses must be used at all times.
- Due to their design, we prefer stock belts with stock seats, and aftermarket harnesses with aftermarket seats.
- BODY/ GLASS
- Windshield must not have ANY cracks interfering with the driver’s view. small cracks are up to the discretion of the Tech official, but the general rule is if it touches your window frame in two places, it will NOT pass tech.
- Tow straps are HIGHLY recommended. Factory tow hooks are accepted, but tow straps will be much safer for towing your car. It’s not our fault if you aero gets ripped off pulling you out of the weeds.
- Hood and trunk must be securely latched with OEM latches or pins.
- Please secure your aero appropriately, or just take it off. We don’t want to have to go get your bumper or side skirt after every run.
- Roll Cage
- All roll cages will be thoroughly inspected.
- All Convertibles must have a 4-point Roll Bar. Miata 2 point “style bars” do not qualify.
- minimum 6 point roll cage with harness and door bars is required for tandem
- Roll cage must have x or double horizontal bars on both front doors for tandem
- 98% of Bolt in roll cages (basic Cusco, god speed, ebay, etc) are NOT allowed for tandem driving. the ONLY exceptions are Safety 21 or Autopower, if installed correctly, and modified for double door bars. if door bars are removable and not fully welded in, they must be slip joint style, not flanged.
- must be double plated at all chassis mounting points, and use proper grade 8 or above rated hardware. All roll cages will be thoroughly inspected, especially bolt ins.
Roll cage padding is required anywhere the drivers head can impact the cage.
Top Ten List Season 3
In an effort to take our Top Ten List to new heights we’ve made changes by catering to our core demographic while still meeting the needs of our faster vehicles. The classes below separate our participants fairly while keeping the competitiveness we’ve always pushed for.
- Class 1:Daily Driver Class– This class is for the majority of our racers that choose to compete in our Top Ten List Series. This class is designated for the vehicles that are driven regularly and have a trap speed equal to or less than 159mph from both our Dig and 40mph brackets.
- Class 2: Ultimate King of the Streets (UKOTS) – This class is for the fastest of the fastest street cars that are purpose built for speed. This class is specifically dedicated to vehicles that have a trap speed greater than 160mph from both our Dig and 40mph brackets. This class has a capped MPH of 189mph for the 4omph roll class only.
Street Racing Made Safe has always wanted to give its supporters and participants more for attending our events and showing such support. We developed a method for us to give out more than $7,000 in cash prizes per event as follows.
- Challengers will pay $50 to challenge and the cash will go completely towards the cash prizes
- Members will have a $100 buy in which will also go completely towards the cash prizes
- Street Racing Made Safe will supply over $3000 per event for cash prizes so even member #10 will get his $100 back and continue to compete in his/her class and bracket on the list.
- When it is time for you to race, if your car cannot run, for whatever reason, you will be penalized one spot. You can ask for a 5min grace period to fix the issue. If it is fixed within that time frame, there will be no penalty.
- All drivers on the list must be present during the championship event and cash prizes will not be awarded to members who are not in attendance of any events championship or series events
SEE BELOW BREAK DOWN OF CLASSES, CASH PRIZES, & RULES:
DriftWarzz is coming to Homestead Speedway for single and tandem drifting on the infield course on 12/8/18! We will be releasing more details and opening registration soon for this event!
Story | Phillip Pratt
Photos | Gerry Burke and Phillip Pratt
Street Racing Made Safe’s 2nd Autocross event at AMR Motorplex in Homestead, Miami is exposing drivers to a whole new world of obsession.
Street Racing Made Safe’s (SRMS) second Autocross event hosted at the AMR Motorplex in Homestead, Miami, Florida, right outside the legendary Homestead Speedway, was a something of a culture shift. South Florida has always been a great place for auto enthusiasts. Probably why a private company is investing millions of dollars into a high-end driver’s club next to Opalocka airport. Year round sun, no snow, and very friendly emissions laws allow us to enjoy our machines day in and out. But for the most part, it’s always been about drag racing. Can’t blame anyone, it’s probably the easiest event to host.
Autocross has always been a niche kind of thing. Turnouts at parking lot hosted events generally have good turnouts. However, they are so few and far between, growing the event in terms of exposure was going to tough. When SRMS first teamed up with AMR and sold out all their tickets, I was impressed. It was new, and people trusted the SRMS name. It rained (or poured) that day, so it was hard to get a good read on what people really thought.
When they did it a second time under blue skies, I really took notice. Roughly 1/3 of their attendees were brand new. These weren’t the same hooligans from a month ago. All of a sudden the staging grounds turned into a hundred mini-pits with drivers jacking up their cars, rotating tires, comparing times, set-ups and exchanging tips. Tent’s and canopies were all over the place as families were settling in to spend the day. Autocross in Homestead isn’t fade, nor is it fly by night event. It’s growing and maturing into its own animal. There is officially more to Miami than just drag racing.
Bred for speed
Story | Phillip Pratt
Photos | Gerry Burke & Phillip Pratt
A large percentage of our genetic makeup comes from our grandparents. They say on average about twenty-five percent from each. Height, moles, complexion, eye and hair color can skip an entire generation and land smack-dab on an unsuspecting grandchild. Sometimes you get dealt a crown of raven-colored hair in a family of sandy-blondes. Maybe end up being a 6’5” giant with two 5-foot-something parents. Other times it’s not physical at all, and you get something completely different. Like a love of cars and racing. That is exactly what 19-year old, third-generation, automobile enthusiast, Mattia Conte, was gifted with. Something his 2005 Subaru STI exemplifies from the front bumper to the rear.
A resident of Miami Beach, Florida, Mattia, grew up surrounded by great role models. Other than having a mother that’s into cars herself, Mattia’s grandfather, Massimo, (a former Formula 1 driver, Rallycross vet and owner of a 2.5L STI swapped 98’ GC) kept the future Blob-eye driver steeped in the horsepower lifestyle. “I grew up watching him race…” Mattia remembers. “I rode in almost all of his cars, but the [Subaru] was my favorite, so eventually, I wanted to have one for myself.” After saving up, Mattia successfully sourced his dream-ride from a Craigslist ad. Over the next couple of years, he meticulously gathered a who’s who-list of trusted Subaru aftermarket part manufacturers. This resulted in a Blob-eye STI that was as far away from stock as it could be.
The first thing you’ll notice about the STI is the color. Wrapped in battleship-gray it manages to both stand out among a row of cars and blend into the gray-asphalt below it. The color can be kind of low-key, so to break up any possible monotony, Mattia, installed AeroFlow V2 canards, a V-Limited front lip, C-Speed side-skirts, an Invictus Aero rear diffuser, Perrin wing-stabilizers and topped it all off with a 2007 WRX STI roof spoiler. The sheer amount of added aerodynamics might turn some tuners off but fret not. This isn’t an ‘all-show’-type of an Impreza.
After suffering some unfortunate (but Subaru-typical) engine failure back in February, Matter decided to turn it up a few notches. With help from well-renowned tuners/builders, the WRXperts, he replaced his stock engine with an IAG Stage-3 closed-deck block, built out with Manley pistons and Toda rods. It was then matted to 2007 STI V25B heads. Assisting with the rise and fall of the Ferret valves, are springs and a set of Kelford Stage-2 272 camshafts.
If you can get past all that sweet-sweet music, you’ll pick up on the whistle of the legendarily-consistent Blouch 3.0XT-R Dominator turbo. Making all that charged air more palatable for combustion, while not sacrificing response time, is a Grimmspeed top-mount intercooler. None of these fine pieces’ matter if the engine management isn’t on point. Luckily, that’s not an issue. Highly recommended tuner, Mike Botti, of Fat Botti Tuning, massaged Mattia’s built EJ25 to safely belt out more than 400 notes of horsepower utilizing the tried and true Cobb Accessport.
Attaching all this fine all-wheel-drive power to the ground are a set of 17×8 Enkei RPF1 racing wheels, wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza RE070 225/45 rubber. Raceland Ultimo coilovers help the Subaru flow over the pavement, while the factory provided Brembo calipers are lovingly stuffed with Hawk pads and are paired with a set of DBA drilled rotors, all the way around. The real beneficiary of Mattia’s excellent lineage is obviously his impressive Blob-eye. The end results of his build are definitely not reflective of his age. Sadly, these days many kids these days in the same position would be satisfied with an atmospheric blow-off valve, spiked lug nuts, and an obnoxious wrap-job. While Mattia admits to drawing inspiration from social media- it’s refreshing to see a tuner of this new-generation go down the right path.
The Breaking Down| 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
Engine| IAG STAGE-3 CLOSED DECK EJ25 BLOCKS, 07’ V25B STI HEADS, KELFORD STAGE-2 272 CAMSHAFTS, FERRET: VALVES, SPRINGS & RETAINERS, DEATSCHWERKS 850cc FUEL INJECTORS, BLOUCH 3.0XT-R DOMINATOR TURBO, GRIMMSPEED TMIC, MISHIMOTO RADIATOR, GFB BLOW VALVE, COBB AIR-INTAKE, INVIDIA: N1 RACING EXHAUST & CATLESS DOWNPIPE
Engine Management| COBB ACCESSPORT; TURNED BY MIKE BOTTI OF FAT BOTTI TUNING
Transmission& Drivetrain| ACT STAGE-3 HEAVY DUTY CLUTCH, KARTBOY SHORT SHIFTER
Suspension& Chassis Mods| RACELAND ULTIMO COILOVERS
Braking| HAWK HPS PADS, DBA DRILLED ROTORS
Wheels| ENKEI RPF1 17X8 w/ 45MM OFFSET, 15MM SPACERS
Tires| BRIDGESTONE POTENZA RE070 225/45
Body Mods| BATTLESHIP-GRAY WRAP, AEROFLOW V2 CANARDS, V-LIMITED FRONT LIP, C-SPEED SIDE-SKIRTS, INVICTUS V2 REAR DIFFUSER, PERRIN WING STABILIZERS, 07’ STI ROOF SPOILER
Motegi Racing and Street Racing Made Safe collab to make the Project Focus ST great again
Story | Phillip Pratt
Famed wheel manufacturer, Motegi Racing, and South Florida based automotive enthusiast event/race organizer, Street Racing Made Safe, have joined forces. Motegi Racing will be providing a slick set of 18×10 (+10 offset) MR400 2-Piece, wheels for the SRMS Project Ford Focus ST. Unlike its flow-formed, cast-aluminum cousin, the MR133, the MR400s have forged centers and barrels. Motegi Racing, a Wheel Pros owned company, was established in 00’. Their wheels have graced the hubs of production cars to show-stopping trailer queens and rubber melting track stars alike. The SRMS Project ST is poised to turn some heads with Motegi Racing’s lite-weight, dynamically designed rolling stocks. See them in action on September 9th, 2018 at the AMR Motorplex in Homestead, Florida for Cars, Coffee, and Racing.
Joshua Rodriguez’s ferocious 2009 Cadillac CTS-V
Story | Phillip Pratt
Photos | Gerry Burke & Phillip Pratt
The name Cadillac denotes visions of old-school American luxury. It’s the car that an entire generation of working-class Americans strove to afford. The prize that’s bought at the end of a long career, or after a big raise. It’s the trophy that’s loving parked in a garage and washed every weekend, whether it’s dirty or not, outside of a two-story house surrounded by a white picket fence. I’m envisioning a shady street or a cul-de-sac of some sort (stay with me). The last thing anyone expects to hear when a Cadi is fired up is a ruckus so violent, and sonically disruptive it drowns out just about anything and anyone within a 100-feet. While Joshua Rodriguez, the owner of a 09’ CTS-V admits that he originally bought his Cadi as a fun daily, if you’ve been around his car while it’s running, it’s no secret that he’s gone far beyond that intent.
It’s easy to forget that Cadillac, an automobile-line for the middle and upper class, is made by GM. The same company that produces Chevrolet, and in turn, one of the fastest production cars in America, the Corvette. I bring this up because the CTS-V shares something in common with it. The engine. Inside the bay of this luxury sports sedan lies the 6.2L, 556 HP, heart of an American supercar. The supercharged LSA V8 (a detuned version of the Corvette’s LS9) inside of Joshua’s CTS-V is similar to the one that powered the C6 ZR1, but with a few parts implemented to tame the beast; such as hypereutectic pistons versus the forged pieces found in the LS9. While the CTS-V is about 849lbs heavier than its Chevy cousin, coming in at around 4222lbs from the factory, the power provided by the LSA is more than enough to keep it faster than most other factory-tuned vehicles… but friends, Josh’s Cady ain’t stock.
The initial intention for Josh’s CTS-V was to keep it in its original state. I mean, who wouldn’t be happy with a 500+ HP car to drive back and forth to work? Josh… that’s who. “I was looking for a nice, powerful, daily driver…” Josh explained. “I had an Injen air-intake on the car within a week of bringing it home.” From the aforementioned noise, his LSA makes, Josh obviously didn’t stop there. Over the span of 3-years Josh dove headfirst into making his Cadi a firebreather. Not satisfied with engine’s stock levels of boost, he upgraded his factory supplied 1.9L blower to a ported Joker Performance Stage 5 unit. Allowing the greater volume of air to enter is a TPIS 102mm throttle body mated to a 5-inch charge pipe.
Holding the lion’s share of work on the powerplant are the ported cylinder heads, with all it’s valvetrain pieces sourced from Brian Tooley Racing, along with a Stage 3 PDS Camshaft (the culprit responsible for its rowdy idle). A 2.38 upper pulley and a 9.1 lower pulley on an ATI Super Damper help complete the set-up while Injector Dynamics 850cc fuel injectors and a JMS pump booster ensure the LS is supplied with ample amounts of E85. At the time of the writing this piece, Josh hasn’t made too many passes with this set-up, but prior to upgrading the supercharger and related pieces, the CTS-V did a 10.24-second pass at 135 MPH on around 715 WHP. On the current set-up, we’d assume the car is quite faster and will probably break 9-seconds on the next trip to the track.
With the firepower available to him Josh was able to rise to as high #4 on the SRMS Top 10 List, which is no simple task with the amounts of fast cars that come out for the monthly event. However, the success didn’t come without its pitfalls. At an event, last fall, Josh’s tranny broke “I only had a few weeks to source a built transmission and carbon driveshaft…” Josh recalls. “I also had to get the car to Fastproms in Tampa to have it tuned. Finished 2-days before the event!” Luckily, most of the work on the Cadi is done in-house by himself and his crew known as “Theory Garage”. So, some labor and time are saved there. The Pitbull-like stance of the Cadillac is aggressively complimented by a staggered set of Weld RT-S wheels wrapped in luscious Mickey Thompson Street Radials.
It’s amazing what we gearheads do when a project falls into our laps. Within 3-years of owning it, Josh’s Cadi went from daily driver to being amongst the fastest street cars in South Florida. The itch for velocity coupled with the satisfaction of building a machine up with your own hands can be all-consuming. Might even classify it as an obsession. Even with the neck pains, raw knuckles, and dirty, broken, fingernails that come from wrenching on cars; I don’t think there are many other things that Josh would rather spend his nights doing.
“Auto-Xing actually becomes more fun when it’s raining!”- Mario Ojito
Story | Phillip Pratt
Street Racing Made Safe’s inaugural Car, Coffee, and Racing was everything that SRMS President, Mario Ojito, said it would be. Even a massive speed trap on the turnpike and forty-five-minute downpour couldn’t stop the meet and races. Despite the wetter circumstances of the end of the day, the beginning was effing flawless. The racers were blessed with sunny, clear, skies as prep began and walks of the track were allowed. This isn’t a go-kart track with a tiny lane and nearly unreasonable amounts of hair-pins. AMR Motorplex supplied racers with lots of stretches to open those throttles up and get some speed going. The rain that arrived halfway through the event slowed down the meet-section, but unlike on a drag-strip, water just makes the racing more engaging. It was easy to tell the first time Auto-Xers from the seasoned vets, but as this event grows, I expect to see skills and car engineering do the same. Auto-Xing times can be viewed here. Next event will be held on September 9th, 2018 at AMR Motorplex.
March 16 @ 5:00 pm - 11:59 pm
PO BOX #668046. MIAMI, FL 33166