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1990 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX (AWD)

 

 

Two time Import Face Off National Champion

 

Darren Ray Thomas is a 24 year old race enthusiast hailing from Choctaw, Oklahoma. Darren grew up working on muscle cars with family and knew that when he was old enough he would build a fast car.

He has owned his current car for 8 years and has raced at a number of local tracks and events. In 2008, he decided to follow the Import Faceoff series, traveling as far as Ohio and Arizona. He ran 11 races in the Street Class. Despite some setbacks, his dedication and determination resulted in him winning the 2008 Import Faceoff points series.

" I love going to races because I'm a very competitive person and I like to travel and meet new people that are just as passionate about racing as I am."

There are many long nights at the shop; It's not uncommon for Darren to get off work at 5, go straight into the shop until 2 or 3 the next morning, sleep a few hours and get up to be at work at 7!! He has sacrificed a lot to dedicate every spare minute he has to working on his car.

Thanks to

ABEL Racing Inc. in Midwest City, Ok. for helping with alot, Todd Tilden at T&T Industries in Oklahoma City, Ok. for all the Head and Block work, Napa Auto Parts, and our jobs; for letting us off to travel to all the Import Face-off. events.

Race Schedule

2009 Accomplishments

2009 Import Faceoff Series

  • 3-29-09: Belle Rose, La.- Forced Performance Street Quick 8 Class Winner
  • 4-19-09: Noble, Ok.- Forced Performance Street Quick 8 Class Runner Up
  • 5-03-09: Kansas City. Mo.- Forced Performance Street Quick 8 Class Winner
  • 5-31-09: Montgomery, Al.- Forced Performance Street Quick 16 Class Winner
  • 7-25-09: Shreveport, La.- Forced Performance Forced Induction Pro Class Winner
  • 7-25-09: Shreveport, La.- Cobb Tuning Outlaw Quick 4 Class Winner
  • 8-02-09: Houston, Tx.- Forced Performance Forced Induction Pro Class Runner Up
  • 8-30-09: Columbus, Oh.- Forced Performance Forced Induction Pro Class Winner
  • 9-06-09: Kansas City, Mo.- Forced Performance Forced Induction Pro Class Winner
  • 09-06-09: Kansas City, Mo.- Cobb Tuning Outlaw Quick 4 Class Runner Up
  • 09-20-09: Tulsa, OK.- Forced Performance Forced Induction Pro Class Winner
  • 10-18-09: Atlanta, Ga.- Forced Performance Forced Induction Pro Class Winner
  • 11-8-09: Dallas, Tx.- Forced Performance Forced Induction Pro Class Runner Up
  • 12-13-09: San Antonio, Tx.- Forced Performance Forced Induction Pro Class Winner
  • 2009 Import Face-Off- Lightning Motor sports Points Series Winner

 

 

Quick Facts

Best Time to date 9.45 @144

800 Horsepower

The Car

  • 1990 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX (AWD)
  • Garrett GT-42 Turbocharger
  • Custom Exhaust Manifold
  • 2 Tial 38mm Waste gates
  • Jay Racing COIL ON PLUG
  • Jay Racing Alternator Relocator
  • JMFAB Intake Manifold
  • Ross Pistons
  • Eagle Rods
  • PEP 1 millimeter over sized valves
  • AUTOMATIC Mitsubishi transmission
  • Hoosier Quick Time Pro tires
  • AEM Engine Management System
  • MSD PLUS DIS II
  • Aeromotive Pro-Series fuel pump

The Crew

  • Darren Thomas SR
  • John "Ferret" Farris
  • Giovannia "Gio" Gonzalez
  • Andrei "Dr Drei" Mitine
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