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2001 IDRC International Finals Results

By Michael Ferrara

The 2001 Nitto Tires IDRC International Finals Presented By Toyota delivered on its promise of the most exciting race of the year. Hoyos, Papadakis, Rau, Kelley, and Shepherd claimed the 2001 IDRC Championships in the Toyo Tire Pro, Apex Integration Outlaw, Nitto Tires Quick, Importdrag.com All-Motor, and APC Street Class, respectively.

Event Briefs: 8216 Race Fans / 376 Racers (below projections due to weather forecasts)

Weekend rain forecasts kept much of the crowd away, but the forecasts proved to be wrong. The weather was great, records were set in nearly all of the classes, and the racing action was second to none. The Blast Racing SC400 with Tatatoshi Wakita (Japan) at the controls set a new IDRC world record for an "import" with a 7.38-second blast at 184 mph. (The class world record for elapsed time and mph for the Toyo tires Pro Class is held by Matt Hartford and the Hoyos Racing Focus (7.07 @194mph)). 

Fellow countryman Hiro Shiobara took the Escort Racing 300ZX to the winner's circle in the Pro Class. Adam Saruwatari made it to the finals and ran a personal best 7.957 at 177 mph in his Nitto Tires/A&L Racing NSX. In the Outlaw class, Stephan Papadakis defeated Ray Lochhead after Ray got Past Carlos Montano in the semifinals. Carlos red-lit by rolling completely past the starting line while attempting to stage. 

Seven qualifiers in the Quick 16 ran in the 9s. Jojo Callos set the IDRC record for quickest elapsed time in the Quick class at LACR with a blistering 9.18-second flash. Jojo defeated Brent Rau in the finals, but it was still enough points to allow Brent to win his first IDRC championship.

In the All-Motor class, Scott Kelley needed a miracle to get the points to pass up Scott Mohler. In order for Kelley to win, Mohler would have to go out two rounds before Kelley. Mohler left the door open when he lost in the Quarterfinals when his racecar broke. This put Kelley in a must win position. Kelley defeated Valdivia, Aguilar, and Escamilla to face archrival Bisi Ezerioha in the finals. When the lights turned green, reaction times were identical and it was a race to the finish. Kelley got their first and became the first-ever IDRC All-Motor Champion. 

In the Street class, John Shepherd came out to put an exclamation point on his already claimed IDRC Street Class championship. He did so with eighth victory in just eight IDRC appearances earning John the title of the IDRC's most-dominant driver of 2001.

Here are the Excel Worksheets of the event results, as well as the final point standings. Full story will follow tomorrow, sorry for the delay.

Michael Ferrara National Director

IDRC, Inc. 21405 Brookhurst Street Huntington Beach, CA 92646 (714) 593-0280 / (714) 593-0281 fax www.importdrag.com

2001 Nitto Tires IDRC International Finals Presented By Toyota-Double Points Events

December 1st & 2nd, 2001, Los Angeles County Raceway (LACR), Palmdale, CA

QUALIFYING

Falken Tire All-Motor Class Presented by Import Tuner

Car # Driver Car Model Hometown ET MPH Title

1 911 Scott Kelley 69 VW Fastback Anaheim, CA 11.187 119.33 Toyo Tires Bullet
2 252 Chris Whitfield 91 Honda Civic (B18) Upland, CA 11.378 119.46 Hook-Ups/Import Tek
3 230 Norman Aubry 90 Honda Civic (B20) Los Angeles, CA 11.457 115.84
4 180 John Juatma 91 Honda CRX Moorpark, CA 11.458 115.62
5 5021 Scott Mohler 98 Neon Frederick, MD 11.491 119.11 CNNP Racing
6 4882 Bisi Ezerioha 88 Honda CRX (D15) Hacienda Heights, CA 11.570 116.44 RS Motorworks/ R&D Dyno
7 3 Troy Smith 60 VW Bug Phoenix, AZ 11.618 112.89 Arizona Transaxle
8 109 James Lutz 61 VW Bug Milwaukie, OR 11.708 114.74
9 330 Erick Aguilar 95 Honda Civic (B20) Torrance, CA 11.866 96.89 Erick's Racing Engines
10 415 Ben Tran 89 Honda CRX Temple City, CA 11.897 113.77
11 7960 Paul Sarnecki 63 VW Bug Anaheim Hills, CA 11.974 109.56
12 184 Tom Fujita 84 Honda CRX (H22) Harbor City, CA 11.990 113.03 Port Flow
13 184R Mike Escamilla 87 Honda CRX (B18) Cerritos, CA 12.192 109.10
14 868 Jake Mitra 85 Mazda RX-7 Sylmar, CA 12.242 112.22
15 375 Eric Darby 85 Mazda RX-7 Palmdale, CA 12.567 104.83
16 201 Cesar Valdivia 92 Honda Civic (B18) Highland Park, CA 12.759 104.53 Savas Tires & Wheels

APC Street Class Presented By Sport Compact Car

Car # Driver Car Model Hometown ET MPH Title

1 993 John Shepherd 91 Eagle Talon North Lawrence, OH 10.600 144.15 Shepherd Racing
2 148 Joel Tanzman 82 Toyota Supra Reseda, CA 11.679 126.07
3 369 Justin Sykes 96 Skyline GT-R Encino, CA 11.815 119.53 Motorex
4 408 "Yash" 90 Eclipse GSX Las Vegas, NV 12.135 117.35
5 231 Mike Saiki 94 Toyota Supra Long Beach, CA 12.161 116.28
6 263 James Petersen 92 Eclipse GSX Redondo Beach, CA 12.719 113.15
7 140 Coleman Kelly 92 Skyline GT-R Chula Vista, CA 13.770 107.78 Motorex
8 186 Lawrence Morris 72 Datsun 240Z Inglewood, CA 14.615 92.34

Nitto Tires Turbo Magazine Quick Class

Car # Driver Car Model Hometown ET MPH Title

1 4371 Brent Rau 95 Mit Eclipse Farmington, MN 9.448 152.16 Osofast / Thermal R&D
2 122 Mike Crawford 98 Dodge Neon Eden, NC 9.473 149.47 Phatridz
3 7081 Bruce Mortensen 00 Honda Civic (B18) Fontana, CA 9.634 148.12 Venom Racing
4 163 Gary Gardella 93 Honda Civic (B18) Jackson, NJ 9.670 124.20 Ecko Unlimited / DC Sports
5 176 Tony Fuchs 96 Integra (H22) Canoga Park, CA 9.843 144.89 Rev-Hard / Turbonetics
6 276 Jojo Callos 88 Honda CRX Loveland, CO 9.849 149.65 JG Edelbrock
7 0065 J.J. Olson 92 Honda Civic HB Colorado Springs, CO 9.931 142.06 PFISpeed.com
8 377 Yasuhiro Ono 91 Mazda RX-7 Carson, CA 10.079 111.89 Y's Engineering
9 0064 Brent Leivestad 88 Honda CRX (H22) Loveland, CO 10.094 146.70 PFISpeed.com
10 121 Andrew Tran 92 Civic (B18) Orem, UT 10.339 144.22 XTR Motorsports
11 173 Michael Zender 94 Civic (B18) Las Vegas, NV 10.356 139.93 KG Engineering
12 421 Elino Pavia 77 Mazda RX-3 (13B) La Puente, CA 10.562 129.82
13 364 Tri Do 90 Honda CRX (B18) Westminster, CA 10.613 143.19 XS Engineering
14 178 Mike Laskey 91 Honda CRX (B18) Irvine, CA 11.000 120.95
15 363 Peter Yeung 94 Mazda RX-7 (13B) West Covina, CA 11.036 126.38 XS Engineering
16 818 Eric Del Rosario 98 Integra (B18) Mission Hills, CA 11.297 124.73

APEX Integration Outlaw Class

Car # Driver Car Model Hometown ET MPH Title

1 700 Stephan Papadakis 01 Honda Civic Anaheim Hills, CA 8.498 176.05 AEM Drag Civic
2 120 Carlos Montano 73 Datsun Paterson, NJ 8.558 155.15 Pepe Loco Racing
3 108 Ray Lochhead 95 Mazda RX-7 Brentwood, CA 9.105 156.78 SR Motorsports
4 7018 Rene Franco 73 Mazda RX-3 Los Angeles, CA 9.299 138.32
5 169 Christopher Anderson 87 Mazda RX-7 Miami, FL 9.580 124.55 South Florida Performance
6 D750 Ed Bergenholtz 89 Honda CRX Santa Ana, CA 9.939 152.17 Bergenholtz Racing
7 7100 Jose Vidal 71 Mazda R-100 Montclair, CA 10.823 131.03
8 185 Gabriel Torres 69 Datsun Van Nuys, CA 12.826 106.96

Toyo Tires Pro Class

Car # Driver Car Model Hometown ET MPH Title

1 610 Hiro Shiobhara 91 300ZX Covina, CA 7.673 176.81 Escort Racing
2 601 Tatatoshi Wakita 93 Lexus SC 400 Los Angeles, CA 7.685 182.00 Blast Racing
3 D174 Adam Saruwatari 98 Acura NSX Arroyo Grande, CA 8.060 171.09 Nitto Tire / A&L Racing
4 390 RJ Simrock 00 Ford Focus El Cajon, CA 8.773 156.06 AEBS
5 7230 Efren Vazquez 71 Mazda R-100 Riverside, CA 9.626 122.41 Toyo Tires R-100
6 1 Abel Ibarra 98 Mazda RX-7 Riverside, CA 13.838 59.26 Toyo Tires RX-7

ELIMINATIONS

Falken Tire All-Motor-XVI Class Presented by Import Tuner

1st Round

Car # Driver Car Model Reaction Time ET MPH

1 911 Scott Kelley 69 VW Fastback 0.530 11.231 120.08 WIN
16 201 Cesar Valdivia 92 Honda Civic 0.810 13.920 97.10

9 330 Erick Aguilar 95 Civic 0.578 11.298 118.25 WIN
8 109 James Lutz 61 VW Bug 0.801 12.936 110.05

5 5021 Scott Mohler 98 Neon 0.616 11.948 107.02 WIN
12 184 Tom Fujita 84 Honda CRX 0.689 12.107 109.15

2 252 Chris Whitfield 85 Mazda RX-7 0.635 11.740 118.14 WIN
15 375 Eric Darby 0.875 13.144 102.51

7 3 Troy Smith 60 VW Bug 0.534 11.757 112.68 WIN
10 415 Ben Tran 89 Honda CRX 0.565 11.820 115.71

3 230 Norman Aubry 90 Honda Civic 0.648 11.528 115.93 WIN
14 868 Jake Mitra 85 Mazda RX-7 FOUL

6 4882 Bisi Ezerioha 88 Honda CRX 0.571 11.591 116.40 WIN
11 7960 Paul Sarnecki 63 VW Bug 0.73 12.473 106.68

13 184R Mike Escamilla 87 Honda CRX 0.689 12.107 109.15 WIN
1st-Alt 122 Mike Domiguez 0.766 12.833 104.25

Quarter-Finals Car # Driver Car Model Reaction Time ET MPH

1 911 Scott Kelley 69 VW Fastback 0.571 11.156 120.39 WIN
9 330 Erick Aguilar 95 Civic 0.533 11.219 119.38 $125

5 5021 Scott Mohler 98 Dodge Neon BROKE WIN
13 184R Mike Escamilla 87 Honda CRX 0.647 12.022 108.98 $125

2 252 Chris Whitfield 85 Mazda RX-7 BROKE $125
7 3 Troy Smith 60 VW Bug 1.143 14.835 76.40 WIN

6 4882 Bisi Ezerioha 88 Honda CRX 0.55 11.519 117.17 WIN
3 230 Norman Aubry 90 Honda Civic 0.697 11.580 115.93 $125

Semi-Finals Car # Driver Car Model Reaction Time ET MPH

1 911 Scott Kelley 69 VW Fastback 0.595 11.776 113.07 WIN
13 184R Mike Escamilla 87 Honda CRX 0.652 12.260 104.88 $250

6 4882 Bisi Ezerioha 88 Honda CRX 0.576 11.640 114.99 WIN
7 3 Troy Smith 60 VW Bug 0.48 11.802 111.56 $250

Finals

1 911 Scott Kelley 69 VW Fastback 0.533 11.431 110.19 $1,000-WIN
6 4882 Bisi Ezerioha 88 Honda CRX 0.532 11.686 116.04 $500

APC Street Class Presented By Sport Compact Car

Quarter-Finals Car # Driver Car Model Reaction Time ET MPH

1 993 John Shepherd 93 Eagle Talon 0.885 11.469 139.15 WIN
8 186 Lawrence Morris 72 Datsun 240Z 0.698 13.214 105.59

5 231 Mike Saiki 94 Toyota Supra 0.725 12.656 114.52 WIN
4 408 Yash 90 Eclipse GSX 0.905 13.589 104.37

2 148 Joel Tanzman 82 Toyota Supra BROKE
7 140 Coleman Kelly 92 Skyline GT-R WIN

3 369 Justin Sykes 96 Skyline GT-R BROKE
6 263 James Petersen 92 Eclipse GSX 1.052 12.492 118.11 WIN

Semifinals

1 993 John Shepherd 93 Eagle Talon 0.655 10.653 146.20 WIN
5 231 Mike Saiki 94 Toyota Supra 0.687 12.132 115.95 $250

6 263 James Petersen 92 Eclipse GSX 0.94 12.883 118.51 $250
7 140 Coleman Kelly 92 Skyline GT-R BROKE WIN

Finals

1 993 John Shepherd 93 Eagle Talon 0.764 10.506 143.55 WIN $1500
6 263 James Petersen 92 Eclipse GSX 0.954 12.659 116.09 $500

Nitto Tires Turbo Magazine Quick Class

1st Round

Car # Driver Car Model Reaction Time ET MPH

1 4371 Brent Rau 95 Eclipse GSX 0.569 10.220 148.14 WIN
16 818 Eric Del Rosario 98 Integra 0.920 11.008 122.48

9 0064 Brent Leivestad 88 Honda CRX 0.840 10.936 142.30 WIN
8 377 Yasuhiro Ono 91 Mazda RX-7 0.695 20.998 47.22

13 364 Tri Do 90 Honda CRX 1.583 10.786 140.97 WIN
4 163 Gary Gardella 93 Honda Civic NO SHOW

5 176 Tony Fuchs 96 Integra 0.914 9.780 145.06 WIN
12 421 Elino Pavia 77 Mazda RX-3 0.812 13.025 101.27

2 122 Mike Crawford 98 Neon 0.581 9.693 154.06 WIN
15 363 Peter Yeung 94 Mazda RX-7 0.832 10.627 128.77

10 7081 Andrew Tran 92 Civic 0.756 10.288 140.65 WIN
7 0065 J.J. Olson 92 Civic 0.844 11.110 122.85

3 7081 Bruce Mortensen 00 Honda Civic 0.713 10.997 113.28 WIN
14 178 Mike Laskey 91 Honda CRX .228 RED 10.253 133.90

6 276 Jojo Callos 88 Honda CRX 0.673 9.436 154.30 WIN
11 173 Michael Zender 94 Civic 0.877 11.539 133.89

Quarter-Finals

Car # Driver Car Model Reaction Time ET MPH

1 4371 Brent Rau 95 Eclipse GSX 0.611 11.595 132.68 WIN
9 0064 Brent Leivestad 88 Honda CRX BROKE $200

13 364 Tri Do 90 Honda CRX .973 10.474 144.48 WIN
5 176 Tony Fuchs 96 Integra 0.809 BROKE $200

10 7081 Andrew Tran 92 Civic .642 10.436 139.84 WIN
2 122 Mike Crawford 98 Neon .549 16.632 50.78 $200

6 276 Jojo Callos 88 Honda CRX .564 9.182 154.70 WIN
3 7081 Bruce Mortensen 00 Honda Civic .667 9.590 147.63 $200

Semi-Finals

1 4371 Brent Rau 95 Eclipse GSX .611 10.078 111.10 WIN
13 364 Tri Do 90 Honda CRX .816 11.398 140.13 $350

6 276 Jojo Callos 88 Honda CRX .702 9.691 150.60 WIN
10 7081 Andrew Tran 92 Civic .897 10.514 139.43 $350

Finals

1 4371 Brent Rau 95 Eclipse GSX .361 RED 15.636 67.23 $1,000
6 276 Jojo Callos 88 Honda CRX .587 9.493 150.27 $2,500-WIN

APEX Integration Outlaw Class

Quarterfinals

1 700 Stephan Papadakis 01 Honda Civic 0.546 16.599 18.26
8 185 Gabriel Torres NO SHOW

2 120 Carlos Montano 73 Datsun 1200 0.64 8.727 151.75
7 7100 Jose Vidal 73 Mazda R-100 0.577 10.523 133.43

3 108 Ray Lochhead 95 Mazda RX-7 0.528 17.300 44.04
6 D750 Ed Bergenholtz 89 Honda CRX NO SHOW

Semifinals

3 108 Ray Lochhead 95 Mazda RX-7 1.325 11.456 140.36 WIN
2 120 Carlos Montano 73 Datsun 1200 0.000 RED LIGHT $250

Finals

1 700 Stephan Papadakis 01 Honda Civic .142 8.564 174.86 $1,000-WIN
3 108 Ray Lochhead 95 Mazda RX-7 .000 RED LIGHT $500

Toyo Tires Pro Class

Quarterfinals

1 610 Hiro Shiobara 91 300ZX .490 10.586 92.75 WIN
6 1 Abel Ibarra 98 Mazda RX-7 NO SHOW BROKE

2 601 Tatatoshi Wakita 93 Lexus SC400 .685 8.178 157.87 WIN
5 7230 Efren Vazquez 71 Mazda R-100 NO SHOW BROKE

3 D174 Adam Saruwatari 98 Acura NSX .661 WIN
5 390 RJ Simrock 00 Ford Focus .516 CRASH DQ-HIT GUARD RAIL 

Semifinals

1 610 Hiro Shiobara 91 300ZX BYE RUN

3 D174 Adam Saruwatari 98 Acura NSX .473 7.957 173.91 WIN
2 601 Tatatoshi Wakita 93 Lexus SC400 .643 7.797 177.05 $250 Finals

Finals

1 610 Hiro Shiobara 91 300ZX .351 8.026 177.44 $1,500-WIN
3 D174 Adam Saruwatari 98 Acura NSX .210 RED 14.751 58.73 $500

Ford Racing Performance Parts Super Stock (15.00-and above)

Car # Driver Car Model Dial-In ET R/T

Winner 398 Roger Baldoz 95 Integra 17.20 17.24 .650 $500-WIN
Runner-Up 203 Rex Urasaki 01 Ford Taurus 18.47 18.64 .541 $200

Ford Racing Performance Parts Super Mod (13.00-14.99 dial)

Car # Driver Car Model Dial-In ET MPH

Winner 183 Angie Chant 00 Saturn 15.30 15.35 1.033 $500-WIN
Runner-Up 114 Jesus Reyes 94 Honda Civic 15.40 15.48 .488 RED $200

Ford Racing Performance Parts Super Comp (7.50-12.99 dial)

Car # Driver Car Model Dial-In ET MPH

Winner 428 Erick Aguilar 93 Honda Civic 12.60 12.770 .638 $500-WIN
Runner-Up 419 Robert Young 89 Honda Civic 11.20 11.190 .726 $200

SPECIAL NOTES

Blast Racing's SC400 set a new IDRC elapsed time and mph world record for an Pro Class import with a 7.38 at 184 mph!

2001 IDRC Championship Points Final Results

Toyo Tires Pro Class (10 Scheduled Events)

1 Matt Hartford Hoyos Racing Glendale, AZ 01 Ford Focus 591 $25,000
2 Efren Vazquez Toyo Tires Huntington Park, CA 71 Mazda R100 251 $7,500
3 Hiro Shiobara Escort Racing Japan 91 Nissan 300ZX 172
4 Marcos Acosta Driver FX/Keystone Lodi, NJ 96 Mazda MX3 146
5-tie Daniel Gonzalez Hialeah, Fl 93 Mazda 128
5-tie Adam Saruwatari Nitto / A&L Racing Arroyo Grande, CA 00 Acura NSX 128
7 Ron Lummus RLR Anaheim, CA 01 VW Bug 126
8 David Buschur Buschur Racing Wakeman, Ohio 98 Eagle Talon 104
9 Tatatoshi Wakita Blast Racing Japan 93 Lexus SC400 90
10 Orlando Torrez Sammy Promotions Naranjioto, Puerto Rico 96 Mazda MX6 86

Apex Integration Outlaw Class (10 Schedule Events)

1 Stephan Papadakis AEM Anaheim Hills, CA 99 Honda Civic 595 $25,000
2 Carlos Montano Pepe Loco Paterson, NJ 71 Datsun 484 $7,500
3 Carlos Gonzalez G&Z Racing Dunnellon, FL 73 Mazda RX3 288
4 Ray Lochhead SR Motorsports Brentwood, CA 96 Mazda RX-7 261
5 Juan Lopez, Lopez Productions Allentown, PA 71 Datsun 221
6 Waldemar Vazquez Orlando, FL 69 Toyota 124
7 Christian Rado World Electronics Reading, PA 94 Acura Integra 105
8 Richard Rivera Miramar, FL 81 Corolla 90
9-tie Gary Maysouret Vega Alta, Puerto Rico 80 Mazda RX-7 87
9-tie Luis Corujo Glenndale, MD 85 Toyota Corolla 87

Nitto Tire Turbo Magazine Quick Class (14 Schedule Events)

1 Brent Rau Thermal R&D Farmington, MN 95 Eclipse 700 $25,000
2 Mike Crawford Phatridz Eden, NC 98 Dodge Neon 693 $7,500
3 Gary Gardella Ecko Unlimited Jackson, NJ 93 Honda Civic 608 $3,500
4 Sean Glazar Exteme Motorsports Fulton, MD 92 Talon 504
5 Brent Leivestad PFI Racing Team Loveland, CO 88 Honda CRX 244
6 Saverio Leone Impo Performance Jamison, PA 93 Civic 226
7 Louis Perea Saddlebrook, NJ 85 Mazda RX-7 186
8 James O'Connor Venom Racing Los Alamitos, CA 98 Honda Civic 185
9 Jojo Callos JG Edelbrock Long Beach, CA 94 Civic 182
10 Kazu Yamaguchi Speedline Racing Honolulu, HI 99 Civic 165

Importdrag.com Street Class (14 Schedule Events)

1 John Shepherd Shepherd Racing North Lawrence, OH 91 Talon 798 $12,500
2 Ari Yallon RX7.com Garland, TX 93 Mazda RX-7 548 $5,000
3 Jeff Hill Turbotrix Westwood, NJ 91 Talon 313
4 Steven Kan RX7.com Fort Worth, TX 93 Mazda RX-7 266
5 Brandon Nasu Honolulu, HI 93 Supra 174
6 David Nolbe Honolulu, HI 89 Supra 132
7 Robert Lives Jr. Chatsworth, CA 83 Mazda RX-7 129
8 Keith LaForte Oradell, NJ 92 Talon 126
9 Bert Tonge Hempstead, NY 91 Eclipse 112
10 Marko Djuric Chicago, IL 96 Supra 94

Importdrag.com All-Motor Class (9 Schedule Events)

1 Scott Kelley Toyo Tires Anaheim, CA 69 VW Fastback 519 $7,500
2 Scott Mohler Frederick, MD 98 Neon 488 $2,500
3 Fred Ellis CRX Guru Aquasco, MD 87 CRX 455
4 Bisi Ezerioha RS Motorworks Hacienda Heights, CA 88 Civic DX (D15) 282
5 Troy Smith Arizona Transaxle Phoenix, AZ 60 VW Bug 263
6 Cotorres Ghee Hocus Pocos Houston, TX 92 Honda Civic 115
7 Cory Thompson Dunedin, FL 88 Honda 108
8 Jarrod Silvers Agoura Hills, CA 88 CRX (B18) 93
9 Norman Aubry Los Angeles, CA 90 Civic (B20) 92
10 Robert Fernandez Miami, FL 01 Focus 90

Michael Ferrara
michaelf@importdrag.com

 

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