Alright, I was on my way home from work today on MD Rt. 210 when I encountered an Evo X. Rt. 210 is a six-lane highway (3 lanes each direction) with a few traffic lights on it. The speed limit is 55, most people go 65-70. The guy paced me and we got stopped at one of the first lights after that. I rolled down the window and we talked while it was red. He had an unmodded '08 Evo X, my car is an unmodded '09 WRX (but the fun starts with an AccessPORT next week...can't wait!). We were cordial with each other and agreed to race. We both agreed to go without traction control, even though it had been raining out and the road was saturated. I beat him off the line up to about 70 mph when I slowed down. I didn't like the launch w/out traction control, although that was the first time (and probably the last) I had done it in the rain. We cruised up to the next light, which had turned red, and agreed to go again, this time with traction control on. Again, I beat him off the line, and he was about a 1/2 car length behind until we both slowed down at about 70-80 mph. A few lights later, same situation, I beat him off the line, but he overtook me at about 55-60 mph. After that, we parted with a wave.
Overall, I was surprised that the '09 WRX could even stand up to an Evo X. I wasn't launching too hard--I revved to about 3.5k and eased off of the clutch for launches with TC. The launch without TC was a little bit sloppier because the wheels were slipping, but oh well, lesson learned. Any thoughts? Could a different driver in a stock Evo X have slaughtered a stock '09 WRX?