Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Hot Rod Magazine profiles Mike Moran's first run in the 5's

From the October 2009 issue of Hot Rod Magazine:

"Mike Moran is a man possessed. There is no other reason he would spend five years of his life chasing 0.300 of a second. This story is a follow-up to the one titled "I Will Run 5s" in the Oct. '04 issue of HOT ROD (page 54), which cataloged Mike's racing life up to that point and his chase to pilot the first turbocharged door-slammer through the quarter-mile in 5 seconds. At that time, Mike's car had run 6.27 seconds in the quarter and he felt close enough to the record to talk about it in HOT ROD. To cut to the chase, Mike recently achieved his goal: piloting his 3,700hp, twin-turbo, 572ci Monte Carlo door-slammer through the traps at the Spring Open at Valdosta Dragway in Valdosta, Georgia, at an astonishing 5.97 seconds at 251 mph.

Said Mike after the feat, "Well, it has been a battle for many, many years-but I knew we could do it. I need to thank a lot of businesses that have helped me over the years and all the guys who have supported me over the years, some since our street racing days almost 20 years ago. We set a ridiculous record. I'm glad we got it done and look forward to our next challenge.""

Click here for more pictures of Mike Moran's '99 Monte Carlo and the full article.