As some of you know, ESX competed in battle of the imports this past weekend.
Ali Afshar/ESX 1st Place Win and New Speed Record with Subaru Dealership and SPT Support!!!
We win, break into the 8's again and set a new speed record!
With the support of numerous Subaru dealerships our ESX team wins the Battle of the Imports Finals!
For a host of pictures of this event please visit:
Battle of the Imports Finals Nov 22, 2009 - a set on Flickr
To watch a video of the final run please visit:
YouTube - Ali Afshar from ESX wins 1st place with a 8.9sec Subaru WRX STI
Thanks to all the dealerships that supported us to attend this race, we wouldn't have been able to win without you!
Heuberger Subaru | New Subaru dealership in Colorado Springs, CO 80905
Puente Hills Subaru
Puente Hills Subaru | New Subaru dealership in City of Industry, CA 91748
Subaru of Jacksonville
Subaru of Jacksonville | New & Used Subaru Cars
Irvine Subaru | New Subaru dealership in Lake Forest, CA 92630
South Coast Subaru
South Coast Subaru | New Subaru dealership in Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Subaru of Santa Monica
Subaru of Glendale
Subaru of Glendale | New Subaru dealership in Glendale, CA 91204
Shaver Subaru | New Subaru dealership in Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
Sierra Subaru | New Subaru dealership in Monrovia, CA 91016
and "SPT" Subaru Performance Tunning
Subaru Enthusiasts | Subaru Performance Tuning
Hundreds of cars in competition and thousands in attendance, this was a really great event! I wasn't expecting to see so many grass-roots racers out there, but it was a nice surprise to see the staging area full of enthusiasts and their cars.
The day started out with Subaru enthusiasts meeting bright and early at their local Subaru dealerships. They created a Subaru caravan from dealership to dealership and ultimately reached their final destination at California (AAA) Speedway in Fontana, CA.
We qualified in the #1 position with a strong 9.2 second 1/4 mile at 152 MPH. We got a lucky card in the first round as the car we were competing against broke and we were able to capture a competition bye run. (which means we got to race alone and a guaranteed win). In the second round we faced a Mitsubishi Evo. The Evo seemed to have launching issues at the starting line, which allowed us to capture an easy win and entry into the finals! In the finals we met up against another Mitsubishi Evo. This time, we were determined to give it's all it's got! Our All Wheel Drive Subaru launched hard and ran an almost perfect pass down the 1/4 mile and stopped the clock at 8.97 seconds at 156 MPH! That's only the second time ever our Suburu has run into the 8 second range and the fastest MPH (mile per hour) it's ever gone at 156 MPH! Please remember, this is a 3200lb street car with full interior, radial tires, full exhaust with power windows to boot!
Our record setting Subaru will now be doing a tour of the supporting dealerships. If you happen to be in the area of one of these dealerships, make sure to stop by and check it out as well as the new 2010 Subaru model line up, including the award winning Subaru Outback! Stay tuned to ESXMotorsports.com for the latest Subaru Dealership Tour dates.
Final thanks to everyone at ESX, our friends and associates who all helped make this event possible.