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Stotz Street Xtreme - Indy 2004
September 02, 2004

Our SSX Honda blackbird was ready to reset the national record of 7.42 E.T. In testing one week before Indy we had gone 7.43 and 7.39 (3 hundredths quicker than the national record which we already own). Indy is known to have excellent traction so we were excited about resetting the record for extra points and winning the race.

We rented the track on Thursday for testing and found that the bike would not do anything the same as it had done back home. The traction was good but the air was bad. All of our adjustments only netted us a few 7.50 runs, which were close to the record but not what we expected.

We qualified third and ran in the 7.40’s on Sunday. In the third round of eliminations the bike left the line lazy but ran hard up top to break the MPH record at 197.90. Unfortunately because of the lazy leave we got beat and were not able to make another run to make the required 2nd run within 1% of the new record to gain the points.

We left Indy with less than we expected but still in a close 4-way battle for the national championship. We found a cracked header to be the cause of our lackluster performance. We fixed the header and promptly went 5 hundredths under our 7.42 record in testing and there is still more performance to be gained. Our next race is in Memphis on Oct. 2-3.

The Honda Homecoming never had a dull moment with the crowd that was in our pit area to sit on our bikes and test their reaction times on our full size NHRA Christmas tree. For three days the Grand Prize winners received a collectable watch with a Honda speedometer as the face. The runners up received Honda apparel. A good time was had by all. It was great to not have the pressure of a National race have while answering all the questions people asked. Whatever questions I could not answer (mostly pricing) I gave them your sticker and wrote your business number on it. This has left me with almost no stickers. Please send me an assortment ASAP.

Sincerely in Speed
Kent Stotz

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