Its with a heavy heart that have the task of breaking the news to you all...
RochesterDSM team announcement.
The RochesterDSM team, after a long and lengthy struggle, has decided to make a change for the 2011 One Lap of America race. In 2011 the 1992 Mitsubishi Galant VR4 which has served us proudly, will be parked and in its place will be Steve's 2008 EVO X. This was not an easy choice for us as we have enjoyed not only the power, performance, and fun the VR4 offers but the support of the entire VR4 and DSM community along the way. In all honesty as much as we love the VR4 it was the connection the car had to the DSM community we feared loosing the most. But, as with all things cool, there comes a time when a change is needed. The VR4 is a competitive, fast, and fun car but it is also almost 19 years old and has over 217,000 miles on the clock. Most of those miles have been racing miles and the platform is showing its age. Last year we suffered through a transmission failure pre-launch, a blown head gasket, a rocker arm that flew off, wheel bearing failures, and brake issues. Most of those problems were obviously the result of a limited budget but even with more support the car was full of weak links that come with age. That's where the EVO X comes into play. At our disposal is Steve's EVO X brand new and ready for racing right out of the box. In its stock form it can corner right along side the VR4 and with some upgrades it can be as good or better in a strait line too. The VR4, in all its glory, is a still an 18 year old car that only 3000 were brought into the country. That makes marketing a huge uphill battle. Most, if not all, the major DSM part suppliers have long ago moved on from the DSM/VR4 platform and have for years only produced new parts for the EVO platform. Racing the EVO X in the 2011 One Lap of America brings us into the modern day along with our sponsors.
This does not mean the VR4 is being mothballed. Tim is still racing the VR4 and has quite a few upgrades planned so we can all look forward to his build blogs and race updates. In the next couple of weeks the RochesterDSM team will have some pretty exciting announcements as we team up with some powerhouse Mitsubishi and other well known shops and manufactures.
We want to be sure that as we park the VR4 we personally thank the people and shops that helped make it successful and by far the most popular car in the 2009 and 2010 One Lap races.
Ryan Hertz who along with the fine folks at Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 Forum - E39A 4G63
have come through time and time again not only with financial support but with parts, supplies, advice, and a place to sit and great home cooked food to eat at the races. Some of our best memories are of the people we've met along the way. The cheering section at Autobahn, the home cooking at Road America, and meeting Curtis for the first time somewhere in Tennessee when he brought us the upper control arms we needed to finish the race.
Garfield Wright who brought the full power of TunersNation.com to (tunersnation.com
) help us with the parts we need, money to help the budget, and some really cool work behind the scenes to help bring other vendors to the table.
Curtis the man, the myth, the legend. What can we say? In the 2009 when we broke a rear upper control arm our rookie One Lap was finished before it even really got heated up. We sent out a SOS via the Internet and out of nowhere Curtis comes to the rescue with parts he sourced from his own car. From there we have built a great friendship and partnership and Curtis is responsible for a lot of what "is" the One Lap VR4. There is not a single person who sits in the VR4 who isn't just blown away with his killer gauge plates and custom logo's. His work on the wing pylons, with little notice, no time, no budget, and without having the wing to work with, is his Pièce de résistance.
Emery Kapral and Street tuned motorsports (STM | STREET TUNED MOTORSPORTS | DSM | EVO | SUBARU | PERFORMANCE & DYNO TUNING
) who personally opened up his shop, mechanics, and his tuning expertise to bring some real power to the VR4.
Thomas Dorris, who provided us with the ECMlink V3 which is by far the best damn tuning tool on the planet. (www.ecmtunging.com
Art Hoffman / Forced Performance (Forced Performance Turbochargers
) / teamNABR.com …Art loaned us his personal FP3052 turbo to give the VR4 some real bite and the fine folks at Forced Performance provided us with the warranty basically saying “go beat the hell out of the turbo and if you break it we’ll fix it”…The turbo was flawless and easily made 385whp on a conservative tune.
Pina Motorsports (— Pina Motorsports
) who sent us a set of there built-proof chrommoly upper control arms and along with Tunersnation.com a set of rear suspension bushings that totally transformed the handling of the VR4.
Gabor (Gabor Mayer Photography
) who provided all the killer vinyl for the VR4 that made it the most photographed car the last two years including some shots in Motor Trend magazine.
Autobhan Tom who donated a set of adjustable cam gears that made all the difference in the way the VR4 grunted out of the corners.
who put a killer TB on the car and has, by far, the best customer service on the planet.
Wilson Performance (Wilson Performance || Everything Racing || Home
) who loaned us a trackmate camera system for killer in car track footage with speed and g-force displays.
Harry Blanchard at Welcome to Three Speed - Stainless Steel Scatter Shields (SSSS) for 4G63/DSM
who’s scatter sheild protected our ass and who’s support helped us make it all happen.
These fine folks helped make it all happen…
East Rochester Public Library Staff
The Morning Glass
Children’s Medical Group
Joe and Wes from Prodigy Surgical
Finally we thank our friends, family, spouses who help us, support us, and put up with us as we lived our dreams in the trusty VR4.
We look forward to our new adventures in the EVO X and we’ll be sharing it all with you. There are some really cool projects in the works as well as some new partnerships to go along with our current sponsors. Stay tuned…this is going to be epic!
Tim Harper / Stephen Burke
Rochester DSM OneLap