I was driving home from work last week and a nice looking red Eclipse gets next to me at a stoplight. I knew I was at a disadvantage because I had a passenger (my wife), my engine is still not fully broken in (about 750 miles on it), and I am still running the stock EM (not my fault, guys, I'm buying an AP first thing when I get my tax refund). The Eclipse had some mods. I could see a good size intercooler, a carbon fiber hood, gauges everywhere, and it had an exhaust. Anyhow, he went for it and so did I. He got the jump because I launched (well not really launched) at about 2500 and feathered the clutch a bit. He pulled about a door on me through first. My car pulled pretty good from about 3500 on, but I shifted to second at about 5500 and he pulled a bit more. He had about a car on me in third so I let him go. We were heading the same direction and when I got next to him again we waved and thumbs-upped.
Over all, I was not disappointed with the performance of my WRX, seeing as I was kind of babying it. I'll be more agressive when the motor is fully broken in and I'll probably run this guy again one of these days. I'm not going to go looking for races, but if they come, you'll be the first to know!