Bahrain’s EKanoo Racing Pro Nitrous Camaro with Khalid Abdul Mohammed driving, ran an unparalleled 3.707 at 202.88 mph Feb. 6, during round three of qualifying at the Arabian Drag Racing League Round #4 at Al-Anabi Racing’s Qatar Racing Club near Doha, Qatar.
The run, which was the quickest and the fastest in the history of ADRL in both the United States of America and in the Arabian Gulf came on the heels of the team’s 3.701 at 202.82 mph pass during testing just 1 day before the event. Adding to the complexity of the feat is the fact that the principal tuner’s of the EKanoo Racing team are not located within 5000 miles of the racing facility.
Team Engine Management Expert Shane Tecklenburg is remotely controlling all aspects of power production from the United States via live remote connection to the team’s engine management system whilst team chassis and clutch management expert Eric Luzinski relays the proper adjustments required to onsite crew chief and Arabian Gulf drag racing expert Haider Koohzad of Manama, Bahrain. for the vehicle’s chassis and clutch.
The team are not strangers to the top of the qualifying list, at least not this season in ADRL Racing. After missing the first round of racing due to lack of funding, the team has placed their EKanoo Racing Bahrain Pro Nitrous Camaro at the top of the qualifying pecking order outdistancing their seasoned and arguably more experienced competitors.
Team Engine tuning expert Shane Tecklenburg, “Eric and I are very aware of the fact that we are competing against the best there has ever been in this type of racing. These fellows have probably forgotten more about how to tune these cars, than we will ever know. But that doesn’t hinder us from applying 6 cylinder logic to the operation of these cars.”
Luzinski and Tecklenburg have been responsible for some of the more notable runs in the less than 8 cylinder categories of drag racing of late. Most notably their collaboration on the 6.15 second 230 mph 6 cylinder 10.5 wide tire Supra they have tuned in the Kingdom of Bahrain also for middle east standout team owner Ebrahim Kanoo, which happens to be the quickest of any Toyota factory engine powered vehicle in the universe.
“We feel like the turbo stuff is where we really want to be,” said Luzinski, “but the team already had a Pro Nitrous Car and so in order to prove we were worthy of tuning a V8 with a pair of turbos on it we had to first prove we could be in the hunt with a Nitrous application.”
Current plans for the team are up in the air. They are working to secure funding to bring their car to the United States to race some of the series here but at the moment the only concrete plan is just to finish the season in Qatar.
“This has really been a tremendous forum upon which to display our talents,” said Tecklenburg. “We are so thankful to HH Sheikh Khalid Al-Thani and the Qatar Racing Club for giving us an amazing facility, and of course Ebrahim Kanoo for stepping up and providing us with the opportunity to control a simply awesome race car.”
The team look to improve their position in final Qualifications for the Arabian Drag Racing League Pro Nitrous category tomorrow at approximately 4 pm at the Qatar Racing Club outside of Doha, Qatar.
(Photo courtesy ArabianDRL)