The IPG Racing Team traveled to Englishtown, New Jersey this past weekend for the 2011 Fall Nationals and more specifically to compete in the All Motor Shootout with the newly finished car. The IPG All Motor Civic Reincarnation is still freshly completed and with only a handfull of passes the trip was sure to be one filled with a steep learning curve. In testing the best the team could net were several 11.0 @ 125 mph passes at the local 1/4 mile track in Orlando, Florida.
Not changing one thing on the car for the first round qualifier in Englishtown, the car ran a new best time of 10.72 @ 129 mph. Amazing how much track conditions and air quality can change how a car gets down the track without changing anything else. Ready for the 2nd round qualifer only small changes were made including adding fuel to compensate for the better air conditions and adjusting the launch RPM. Unfortunately the 2nd round qualifer couldn't be completed Saturday night before the Noise Curfew so the team would have to wait until Sunday morning to get that 2nd round qualifying pass.
Sunday morning's qualifying pass netted the team a 10.69 @ 127 mph pass, another personal best but still not as quick as expected. The qualifying order was set and Innes fell into the 8th position. Not bad at all for a car that literally had (9) 1/4 mile passes on it up to this point. First round eliminations were set and Innes faced Rosario. As Rosario had issues leaving the line Innes took the win light with another solid 10.72 @ 127 MPH pass. The Quarterfinal round pitted Innes against the #1 qualifer Jose Bello. Bello's blistering pace and consistency were surely going to be difficult to overcome.
Although the team couldn't pull off the win in the quarterfinal round Innes still ran another best to date for the car, a 10.54 @ 127 mph pass. The event was a huge success for both the team and all the competitors involved and the car is quickly becoming a contender in the class. The next event for the team is scheduled for October 16th in Gainesville, Florida with Import Face-Off.