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Time for the official thread. After jumping back and forth on whether or not to sell her, I have finally decided that it is time. I have had an awesome time building this car with Vengeance Racing and racing it all around the country. I have had the chance to meet some awesome people and take some records here and there. I am really going to miss this car but it is time that she goes to someone who can enjoy her as much as I did. I really am sad to see this one go.

First, the transaction will be handled through Shine Auto Salon. They are great friends of mine and they are local (10 mintues from my house). I am traveling too much to handle the sale on my own and they bring the unique ability of being able to handle the sale like a dealer. That means they can take trade ins on my car. They are also an incredible detail/paint protection shop and they have already polished her up. It was sad to see her looking so awesome right before I am getting rid of her. They literally told me “you don’t want to walk back there right now”.

Shine Auto Salon
Address: 1007 Union Center Dr, Alpharetta, GA 30004
Phone: (470) 297-8301
Starting price will be $49,500 I believe.

I am not parting out a single piece of this car. EVERYTHING is going with it from the ADV.1’s…to the Welds…to the stock wheels…to both rear differentials. It is ready to rock for whoever gets to pick it up. Alright…let’s get into the car.

2009 CTS-V 6MT in Black Raven
Loaded Options with Recaros
Build done by Vengeance Racing in Cumming, GA

The body has 101k on it. I know the pricing sounds high for the milage…but the body is the only thing that has that amount of milage on it. Everything else has been upgraded/replaced. I basically made a new car for the new owner. I started adding up what I have invested in this car and stopped when I hit $60k (not including the price of the car) with more to go. She was complete stock minus the Airaid intake when I bought it. All of the work has been done and serviced by Vengeance outside of the interior stuff.

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The Numbers

  • 803whp on 93 oct w/meth
  • 1306whp on nitrous C16
  • 93/meth tune and C16 tune (for nitrous) included on handheld tuner/logger

What’s Included

  • ADV.1 Wheels with Nitto tires (90% tread left)
  • Stock polished wheels included
  • Powder coated satin black 17” Welds included (w/M&H 275’s)
  • Stock 3.73 rear diff included (1/4 mile setup)
  • 3.23 rear diff installed (1/2 mile setup)
  • Brand new rear struts
  • Freshly rebuilt Alky Control Meth Pump
  • Freshly rebuilt RPS clutch (new carbon plates and new design hub)
  • All nitrous and fueling jets included

My Personal Bests

  • 178.00mph 1/2 mile – GA wannaGOFAST 2016 Spring (top 5 fastest in the world and now capable of 184mph)
  • 10.08 @ 150.48mph – (now capable of mid 9’s at 160mph) I have only taken this to the 1/4 once on stock axles. It has a lot more in it there.

Motor Build (less than 5k miles on new motor) Done by LME

  • Stock Cube LSA Core
  • Stock LSA Crank
  • Diamond Pistons – Armor Coated and Flat Top for 10.1:1 Compression (up a point from stock) – Modified for LSA Piston Squirters
  • Callies LS Ultra H Beam Connecting Rods
  • Clevite Main and Rod Bearings
  • ARP Stud Kit
  • Custom Grind Billet Cam from VR
  • Melling Oil Pump
  • Morel Lifters
  • WCCH CNC Stage 2 Heads
  • Comp Trunion Kit
  • VR Hardened Push Rods
  • Vengeance Racing .660 lift Dual Spring Kit with Ti Retainers
  • C5R Timing Chain
  • LS7 Timing Gear
  • Ls2 Dogbone Timing Damper
  • ARP Cam Bolts

Power/Cooling

  • ECS Heat Exchanger
  • Aldo Welds CTSV Trunk Mount HX Tank with install kit 845.00 845.00T
  • Aldo Welds CTSV Dedicated Fuel Cell (under hood)
  • KPE Intake
  • Dual Nozzle Alky Single Nossil Mth Kit
  • fuelinjectorconnection.com 850cc Bosch Injectors
  • Dedicated Motorsports Fuel System
  • American Racing 2″ Longtubes with Catless X-Pipe
  • VR Plug Wire Insulators
  • Metco 10 Bolt SC Hub
  • Metco 2.55″ Upper Pulley
  • LPE 18% Overdrive Pulley
  • ATI Damper
  • 102mm Nick Williams TB
  • VR Catch Can that vents in front bumper
  • Vengeance Racing Ported Snout
  • Vengeance Racing Ported Blower
  • DMH Electronic Cutouts
  • Nitrous Outlet ZL1 Lid with 300 shot jets, single stage.
  • Vengeance Racing custom dual nitrous bottle mount
  • Standalone Fuel System
  • Lingenfelter RPM Limiter Timing Retard Launch Controller LSA & LS9 Engines
  • NOS Progressive Controller
  • Nitrous Outlet CTS-V Switch Panel
  • Misc Support Parts
  • ECU Tuning by Vengeance Racing
  • Stock 3.73 gear for 1/4 mile and auto 3.23 gear for DD and 1/2 mile

Drivetrain

  • RPS Street Slayer Triple Carbon Clutch
  • DSS Stage 5 Axles
  • Core Short Shifter

Wheels/Tires/Suspension/Brakes

  • ADV.1 ADV6.2 Track Spec SL’s in Matte Black Face w/Gloss Black Lip and Barrel
  • 17″ Weld Racing Rears Powder Coated Satin Black
  • Eibach Coupe Spring (fronts cut 5″)
  • R1 Concepts Premium Drilled and Slotted Rotors
  • Hawk HP Plus Pads
  • ZR1 Blue Powdercoated Calipers
  • 20% Ceramic tint all around

Interior

  • Pioneer AppRadio
  • Metra CTS-V Kit
  • Steering Wheel Control Module
  • Rockford Fosgate 3sixty.3
  • Alpine PDX-F4
  • Alpine PDX-V9
  • Scanspeak Discovery 10F 4″ Midrange
  • DLS Iridium 8 – 8″ midbasses
  • Vifa 1″ silk dome tweeters (in custom fiberglassed a-pillars
  • JPM Coachworks shift knob and shift boot (black Alcantara/blue stitching)
  • JPM Coachworks steering wheel (black Alcantara/blue stitching)
  • JPM Coachworks armrests (black Alcantara/blue stitching)
  • JPM Coachworks gauge hood (black Alcantara/blue stitching)
  • DashCommand Data Monitoring through the AppRadio
  • Dynamat installed in entire interior
  • XSPower Battery

Exterior

  • Chrome window trim vinyl covered with satin black
  • Satin black painted grey plastic pieces and front lip
  • Satin black painted rear chrome trim
  • Gloss vinyl wrapped and black Plastidip front grill
  • Tinted rear tail lights
  • Satin black painted chrome headlights
  • New 5k HID bulbs

As you guys can probably imagine…this isn’t an easy decision for me. It is time though and I hope the new owner can have as much fun with her as I did. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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It was a great weekend at the wannaGOFAST GA 1/2 mile event. I really look forward to this one as it is 2 hours from my house. There were a lot of friends and my family there. On Saturday, I hit a new personal best of 178.00mph. The car had 180+ in it but I couldn’t keep the wheels from spinning…even at 178mph while crossing the traps! It made for a crazy ride every single pass.

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The main reason every run was so scary was that I think the rear shocks are finally completely blown. The rear end of the car was bouncing really bad and it was making the suspension light come on every time the nitrous hit. Having the rear end weight and unweight at those speeds isn’t the safest thing to do. On one pass, a friend of mine went to record it with his phone to eventually just drop it and start running because he thought I was about to put the car in the trees. Luckily, I lifted and was able to get it straight…but by that time I was already in the wrong lane! The ride home was really rough like there isn’t even any fluid left in them. I have been wanting to upgrade the suspension for a long time now so this is the perfect opportunity to look at aftermarket options to really get the car to hook. Because of this…this write-up isn’t a pass by pass reading like the others. All of the passes were a mess and I was nervous to start every nitrous pass of the weekend.

That said…for those of you that know the GA track…it is not a record setting event at all so I am still extremely happy with 178mph especially with the traction issues I was having. 180 soon…

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By far the highlight of the weekend was being able to race with my wife for the first time in her M3. This was her first time racing ever and she enjoyed the hell out of it. I don’t know how…but she was able to pull off back to back 135mph runs in a car that is only supposed to do 131mph in the half. She was driving the hell out of the car and now she wants to go faster. I foresee an ESS blower in her future!

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We even got to line up for a pass. I needed to do a boost only log (as it turned out I fouled a plug on the previous nitrous pass). She left early on me on purpose! I was able to pass her half track on 7 cylinders. It was awesome watching her drive.

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As always…the support from Vengeance Racing at the event was outstanding for both me and my wife. I really couldn’t have this much fun with a car without those guys. This had to be the best time I have ever had at a 1/2 mile event. While my setup wasn’t working the way I wanted (the power was there and the car was running great…I just couldn’t get it to the ground), being able to enjoy this with my wife and race with her is something I will never forget. I can’t wait to do it all again with both cars faster. She is officially addicted to 1/2 mile racing.

Also a huge thanks to Danny, Ryan and the rest of the Shine Auto Salon crew for the hospitality for me and the family over the weekend. The lake house was awesome and it was great hanging out with friends over the weekend.

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What an awesome weekend of ½ mile racing. I really don’t even know where to start so let’s just jump into it.

The September ½ mile event in GA is one of the best. It is a long standing event with wannaGOFAST and it is 2 hours away from my house. Leading up to the event, the weather looked like it was going to be near perfect with an even cooler day on Sunday. We did the normal prep on the car with an oil change and a general look over, but…other than that…the car remained unchanged from last event outside of having even more miles on the stock short block. It is now over 94,500 miles on the clock!

We arrived Friday night and I dropped the car off at the airstrip with the rest of the Vengeance customers ready for a Saturday full of racing.

Day #1 – Saturday

We arrived at Heaven’s Landing early Saturday morning ready to prep the car. I filled up the tank with 10 gallons of MS109 race fuel, filled the meth, topped off the C16 standalone and loaded up 2 full nitrous tanks into the trunk. After letting it idle a bit we were ready to go. A friend of mine and Vengeance Racing customer offered me a sponsor slot for this race so I would be able to run at the top of every hour without waiting in the long regular line. It does make staging for the passes much easier.

Run #1 – 154mph

This event I was going to do something different. Since I already make multiple boost only passes on this car a day, I thought it would be fun to go out on kill for the first run to set the bar. Common sense settled in right before the run and I decided to do a boost only pass just to get the fuel really running through the car. I had run the car down so far on fuel on Friday that I was actually worried about getting it up to the strip but it was still a good idea to get a good WOT pass in to really get it flowing. My car is not geared at all for boost passes with the 3.23 auto gear in it. I pass the traps no where near peak power. It’s really kind of boring but it has a purpose.

Run #2 – 150 mph

For this run we tried something new…and it didn’t work. We set up the nitrous progressive controller to skip 1st gear and come on strong in second. In theory, this was going to work perfectly as I get to 65 mph in 1st. 2nd gear traction was going to be there and ready for the 200 hit. One big problem. The syncros in my TR6060 trans are starting to let go on 2nd gear thanks to all of the abuse I give this car. When I went to shift into 2nd…I couldn’t get in. By the time I did, too much time had elapsed and I had double clutched so the progressive controller thought I was done. Another boost pass it was with a ton of lost time so I just drove to the Sunday grocery store run to the line.

Run #3 – 172mph

I came back in and we took off the 1st gear lockout. Now I just had to short shift and pedal first to get into second and hope that wheel spin could be kept at a minimum. Overall the car did great but I could feel that it was pulling timing up top. We put a data logger in the car and got ready for the next run. I also was in the left lane that had a bump in it close to my 2nd gear hit. The rear tires left the ground…pegged the limiter and the car took off with some wheel spin before I hit 3rd.

Run #4 – 174 mph

Run number 4 of the day went a lot like #3 except I got in the right lane. We pulled the data log and the car was getting too hot on the back end of the pull. I knew exactly why. In staging we were spending a ton of time at the end of the strip waiting for all of the sponsor cars to get in and the car was just heat soaking. I really needed to get IAT2’s down to keep the car pulling at the end of the run.

Day #2 – Sunday

We woke up to a really cool Sunday morning .The morning passes were going to be FAST. I got the car ready with full bottles looking to make a monster pass in the morning.

Run #1 – 0 mph

I took the first run and the car shot out of the hole like a bat out of hell. The cooler air was really working well. I was in the left lane that was known to have a big hump towards the beginning of the run like I had already experienced the day before. In all reality, it probably wasn’t as much of an issue for other cars as it was mine. It just happened that the hump in the runway was timed perfectly with where I needed the full boat of nitrous to hit. The car was squatting and taking off the hardest right where that point was. The nitrous hit hard thanks to a little over pressurized bottle right in the hump and sent the car air born (also pegged my 7500rpm rev limiter again!) While just trying to keep the car straight it also popped out of 2nd in the process. Cussing inside the car I just pulled it off the strip and went straight to the pits. I had just wasted probably the best pass I was going to have that day.

Run #2 – 173 mph

The air was still cool and the car was already ready to go so I pulled back around to go for another pass the next hour. The next sponsor run was full so I had to wait until 11am and the air was starting to get hotter. When the time came to make the run, I took the right lane and went first. The pass was clean and the car was fast but it was still pulling out timing up top. I pulled back in and went over options.

Run #3 – 176.74 mph

Getting ready for the next run, we didn’t want to change anything with the car. Other than the heat issue it was running incredibly well so jetting up or getting more aggressive really didn’t make any sense on the high mileage stock short block. We made the decision that we were just going to ice down the car as much as possible to try to keep IAT2’s stable. The next run was supposed to be at 1pm so I spent the next hour putting ice in the HX tank and cycling it through the system. I have the pump hardwired to the accessory switch so I could turn on the pump without starting the car. I sat in the car at 5 until 1pm calming myself down ready to go…then they told us they weren’t going to do the sponsor cars until 2! I brought the cooler back and iced her down for another hour.

At 2pm we rolled out and started staging. I was about 12 cars back in line but my IAT2’s were 67 degrees!! By the time I pulled up to the line, they were sitting at 83 degrees but stable. I did my short burnout , turned on Rage Against the Machine on the sound system, took a deep breath and got ready to launch. 1st gear rollout was perfect. I short shifted 1st at 4,500 rpms and just flat out stabbed 2nd gear. Wheel spin!!!! Grabbed! I then shifted hard into third and the car was ROLLING. I shifted 3rd at 7k and slammed my right foot to the floor. I literally thought I might push the gas pedal straight through the floor. Come on baby! GOOOO! Top end of 4th was pulling like a damn freight train! Holy shit this is much faster than before! Crossed through the traps, clutched in, took a deep breath and looked down at my gauge. IAT2’s at 115 degrees and falling. The car didn’t pull anything…other than some massive g-forces.

I rolled around to the timing tent hoping for the best. I kept my helmet on and everything…I just wanted to see the slip. It felt freaking fast but you never really know until you get the slip. I pulled up and took a look…176.74mph!!!! Holy shit! I pulled down the ramp, revved the car up and purged the nitrous! We had done it. After giving Ron (the owner of Vengeance) a huge thanks I made my way up to my wife and gave her a huge hug. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t tearing up a little bit when I hugged her. She is as much a part of this process as I am and she is a mechanical engineer so she really gets it. I don’t know why she married me but I am glad she did (in all fairness…I did warn her to what she was getting into!!).

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Another personal best and I reset the LSA record. At the time, I actually thought it was the world CTS-V overall record until I came home and found out that Brett had run a 176.77 in his Maggie powered built 427. .03 mph off some of the best built motor cars out there…I ‘ll take that for sure. It is probably a good thing I didn’t know that at the track as I had to leave after the run and I probably would have hurt something with one of those infamous “one last run” moves.

On a side note. My son was also at the event and he will be 4 next month. Apparently, he thought I could hear him cheering me on in the car so he was screaming “spray it! Spray it Daddy!” on my last pass. He really does think that he helped me on that last run which melts my heart. He also ran up and gave me a huge hug when he saw me yelling “Daddy you won!”. It doesn’t get much better than that. It was awesome to have him there to share the experience with.

So broken record time but it needs to be said…

It is unbelievable to me what Vengeance and myself have been able to accomplish with this car. A 94,500+ mile stock short block that is competing with the best of the best in the CTS-V world. Even better…we have not touched the tune at all during or in between these events. I just keeps running, winning and daily driving like a champ. The customer experience at Vengeance Racing is unlike anything else I have ever experienced in my long history of modifying cars and being a part of the tuning industry. It is simply insane what they are able to accomplish and I am glad to call them close friends and family. I might be starting to sound like an obsessed cheerleader but that really is the experience that this shop creates and I got to hang out with 30+ customers this weekend that feel the exact same way. It was an awesome weekend.

Once again, I drove my car to the event…raced it…drove it home…then work up the next day and drove it to daycare and the airport.

Next up is TX to take on the TX CTS-V Club boys. We will be bringing the heat for sure! It has been a bucket list item for me to make this trip and I can’t think of a cooler group of guys/cars to race against. It is going to be an incredible trip. It is also incredibly cool that the group of people on the CTSVOwners.com forum and the guys at the top of the respective ¼ and ½ mile lists are so close and fun to race with. It’s not everywhere that I can be racing with guys from TX and Canada that I also get to stay in close touch with over the year.

Until the next event…N0P0WER CTS-V will keep tearing up the streets of north Atlanta racking up even more miles all while rocking a Recaro baby seat. Damn I love this car.

It’s early in the week so I’ll add pictures and videos to this thread as I get them complete and get them in from friends that were taking shots there. I never even got my camera out of the car but I did get one of the 170+ runs from two GoPros.  I left them off for my last shot at a glory pass that was the 176 run. Maybe I should have taped up the fog lights too to get that .03 extra!

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Another 1/2 mile event in the books! This was one I have been looking forward to for awhile. The fall GA event is always huge and this year wannaGOFAST added an additional early summer GA event to lineup. The Georgia events are always a favorite because it is local and the venue at Heaven’s Landing in Clayton, GA is awesome. Vengeance Racing was expecting to see over 35 cars a day alone so you can imagine the atmosphere. We are racing with our closest car friends all weekend long. Leading up to the event…weather was a concern but we all loaded up and headed to the airstrip ready for some 1/2 mile racing. Since I had already attended the VA event and ran a 174+ pass, the car was dialed and ready for GA.

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We showed up Saturday morning to the strip to exactly what I was expecting. A TON of Vengeance Racing built cars all ready to make passes. This shot was taken by Gear Head Flicks from a drone showing the early part of Saturday morning. This was only a fraction of who showed up that day. It was truly awesome to see that many happy Vengeance customers all getting in passes on their cars. Mind blowing really…

For this event, Classic Cadillac in Roswell, GA was actually my sponsor (that awesome RV to the left was theirs) and they were setup right next to Vengeance. I started my usual pre race prep routine and made sure everything was good to go. The weather really cleared up for Saturday so it was looking good to race all day long. The DA was terrible as usual though. There were times throughout the day when we were almost touching the 6k foot mark but we are all racing in the same conditions/air so it was time to get at it.

Run #1 – Boost Only Shakedown – 150.4011 mph

I hate these runs. I do them because it is the right thing to do but I am not a fan of wasting a pass just making sure the car is running fine. It was completely uneventful and boring. It is amazing how slow 150mph can feel now. I pulled off the runway and back into the pits. It was time to start hosing the car down the runway.

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Run #2 – 200 Shot of Nitrous – 175.2337 mph

After I rechecked everything it was time to go big. The bottle pressures looked good and I rolled up to the line. Once the light went green, I rolled into 1st easily and shifted to 2nd. I let the tires spin some and got out of 2nd as fast as I could shift to 3rd in a high enough RPM range. 3rd grabbed with a little wheel spin and the car was running like a bat out of hell. It was incredibly smooth and moving out hard. The shift to 4th went great and the car was off to the finish line. About halfway through the pull in 4th gear I knew the car was doing really well and was going to put up a big trap. I blew through the traps without issue and rolled around to the ticket handoff. When the wannaGOFAST employee was smiling as I rolled up I knew it was good. 175.2337 mph!!! A new personal best and a lock for the fastest heavyweight of the day. It was just shy of the current CTS-V record of 176 so I was ready to get to work!

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Run# 3 – 200 Shot of Nitrous – 170.4545 mph

My next run came at 2pm after lunch. I was ready to hit it hard with a full shot and make an even better pass than before. Ron and I actually lined up with the Vengeance Racing C7Z06. I wanted this win bad as you can probably imagine! We lined up and I was asleep at the line. He treed me pretty good and then I proceeded to blow the tires off 1st and 2nd trying to run him down. It was a complete rookie mistake that we got a good laugh out of after the fact. I grabbed third and halfway through the run sometime started going wrong. The car was sputtering down the track horribly. What I should have done was lifted but my ego/right foot wouldn’t let off since I was racing Ron. He ran a 170 pass just like I did except I got him by a .1 mph while watching him cross the line pretty far ahead of me. We pulled the car around and took a look. One of the bottles I had brought to the event had run dry. The sputtering was the car running out of nitrous. Nothing was hurt and that is an easy fix! We filled up the bottles and got ready for the next pass.

Here is the video of pass #3. You can hear me completely ruin 1 and 2!

Run #4 – 200 Shot of Nitrous – 170.3255 mph

I lined up with full bottles after the last pass ready to make a clean one. As soon as I shifted into 3rd the sputtering came back. I kept my foot in it and crossed the line at almost an identical trap as the last pass. I pulled around to the pits and Vengeance started pulling the spark plugs. When I ran out of nitrous on the last pass I fouled one of them. That essentially means I was running two 170 mph passes on 7 cylinders. I am actually lucky I didn’t hurt the motor as I should have lifted every time the car started sputtering. Now that we knew what it was, the crew at Vengeance pulled all of the plugs on site and replaced them so I could make another pass on the day. The quality of the service from the VR guys is insane.

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Pass #5 – 200 Shot of Nitrous – 172.2818 mph

After the plugs got changed out I had just enough time to make one more pass on the day. A buddy of mine, Jeff Hagaman, with his 190 mph ZR-1 wanted to line up and I was ready. The plan was to leave on the second yellow and drag his ass all the way down the runway. I already knew he was going to beat me as his car is faster…but it was going to be fun to finish across the line first. We lined up and I hit it. As soon as I got into second gear I had a pretty good amount of space on him and the car was running perfectly. I went to shift into 3rd and missed it!!! I clutched back in and got it into gear but I knew it was already too late. I could hear his ZR-1 coming for me and he freight trained me to the finish line. Despite my huge mistake, the car ran flawlessly to a 172 mph pass. It would have been a great one if I hadn’t messed up!

Sunday – In Comes the Rain

The day came to a close and I won the heavyweight class with a new personal best of 175+ ready to hit it hard again on Sunday…or so I thought. We woke up Sunday to rain and a lot of it. I needed it to hold off in the morning as we were going to have to leave around 2 or earlier. As per usual, the weatherman was wrong and it did the complete opposite. It rained all morning long and didn’t clear up long enough to make runs until the late afternoon. They did get up and running for about 3 hours but we were already long gone by then. Disappointing but still an awesome weekend.

Vengeance Racing

Vengeance Racing did an awesome job of support and I can’t believe how well they were able to manage as many cars as they had there. I really can’t say thank you enough to the guys for building me an awesome race car that I get to daily drive. I turned 89k miles on my stock short block on the 175mph pass. If that doesn’t say enough about the reliability and quality of the build on my CTS-V then I don’t know what does. 2nd fastest CTS-V in the world in the 1/2 mile (3rd highest trap speed in the 1/4 mile) and I still drove it home and to daycare on Monday. The event was great…my car ran great and everyone had an awesome time. I can’t wait to see what my car ends up doing in the fall with better air and a couple more tweaks.