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07-26-2008, 03:38 AM #1
Tanner Foust & Crawford 08 STI Willow Springs
Saw this at iwsti.. Tanner Foust with the new sti
at Willow Springs.
He's the new host for Top Gear USA ..what?? lol
Tanner Foust & Crawford Performance 08 STI at Willow springs
7.25.08 Oceanside CA
2008 WRX STI Wows Fans & Drivers at Auto Club Speedway
This past weekend, at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Team Crawford continued on their pioneering venture with their new 2008 WRX STI earning a2ndplace finish ( 1:42.327) at the Redline Time Attack. However the success was not without its challenges. The innovative skunkworks crew was faced with severe braking issues on the NASCAR ROVAL. Thankfully Tanner Foust (X-Games gold medalist, Drift Guru , Stunt Driver and now Top Gear USA TV Host) was on hand to pilot the 160mph WRX STI to another podium finish on Sunday.
As Tanner was not available on Saturday (filming Top Gear in Arizona), the Crawford crew turned to Tyler McQaurrie, factory Hankook Tire driver, fellow Hankook teammate, and Time Attack competitor of the super fast and super light (2200lbs) carbon fiber CWEST Honda S2000. Tyler enthusiastically took the Crawford 2008 WRX STI (2900lbs) out for a few shakedown & feedback sessions on Saturday. He was fairly impressed with the car’s development, the times it was running on Saturday (Crawford STI 1:43.5, CWEST S2000 1:42.6,) and offered a few suggestions that would help make the car even faster.
With the Crawford power train nearly dialed in at 600hp, the TEIN suspension working perfectly, the team and Tanner decided to devote all attention to the braking system on Sunday. Huge Brembo calipers already in use, the Crawford skunkworks crew decided to try a different pad compound. Unfortunately the front pads utilized were not up to the tasks demanded by the high speed NASCAR oval sections. The lessons were learned too late, the pads overheated, and glazed the front rotors. It was up to Tanner to make final run with little to no front brakes.
None of this seemed to matter too much for the spectators or Tanner for that matter, as the new 2008 WRX STI rolled out for its final lap. It was obvious that people eagerly anticipated how the Crawford WRX STI would survive given its current condition. And Tanner did what he does best. He electrified the crowd, other drivers and even surprised himself. Driver Billy Johnson, “I was following him into the turn and he got completely sideways. I thought he was going to loose it, but then he’d save it and continue on. I was completely amazed with the Crawford STI and with Tanner!”
07-26-2008, 01:56 PM #2
07-26-2008, 03:56 PM #3Senior Member
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yea... crawford is deff no joke when it comes to building motors.... that sti is actually growing on me...