TWO OF GRENADA'S FASTEST DEPARTS FOR ST LUCIA'S DRAG WARS
St. George -- Two local race cars were strapped into a twenty foot cargo container as they departed to participate in what is turning out to be the biggest drag racing event in the English-speaking Caribbean. The Base at Vieux Fort, St Lucia will be the venue to be on Saturday April 27th and Sunday April 28th 2013, as Absolute Promotions stage their 4th Annual "Drag Wars Retribution" Drag Racing Event.
Already booked are huge contingents from Trinidad & Tobago, Grenada, St Vincent, Antigua & Barbuda, St Maarten, St Kitts & Nevis, The Cayman Islands, Tortola and, of course, host country, St Lucia. The Sea Port, Airport, hotels, car rentals, supermarkets, restaurants and bars are all expected to benefit from the thousands of overseas/international drag racers, crew and spectators attending the event.
Sports Tourism is intensifying, and the St Lucian Government has pledged their support and recognizes drag racing as a major sporting activity since revenue is being pumped in the economy with international events of this magnitude.
Representing Grenada for the fourth time are local veteran drag racers Alan McIntyre and Joshua Lewis. Grenada's fastest car, the "Sledge Hammer" Ford Mustang, is expected to disturb any challenger in the 9-second bracket. Competing with a damaged engine last year, McIntyre still managed an impressive 9.79-seconds in the quarter mile and captured third place in the 9-second bracket. After rebuilding his eight cylinder engine with upgraded ported heads and tweaking the car's suspension for St Lucia's sticky track, McIntyre feels confident about taking down his opponents and being victorious in the 9-second bracket. "I'm going to give it my best and enjoy it at the same time," says McIntyre while strapping his Ford Mustang into the container.
Auto tuner and drag racer, Joshua 'JL Tuning' Lewis will also represent Grenada at St Lucia's Drag Wars. Lewis did his country proud last year when he secured second position in the 11-second bracket with a blistering best time of 11.22 seconds in his infamous Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III. This year, he will pilot his other race car, the newly branded TOTAL Lubricants' Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV. The fully modified Micro Tech powered Evolution did an amazing 11.3 seconds several weeks ago at the Grenada Motor Club's Stag Drag Fest held at Pearls Airstrip.
Without a doubt, Lewis' Evolution will be the main contender in the 11 second bracket and he's hoping to achieve a personal best time of 10.8 seconds with his new setup. "I'd like to thank my sponsors, family and fans for their continued support over the years and I'm excited to represent my country once more," says Lewis in a telephone conversation from Trinidad & Tobago. Lewis is presently assisting and tuning a few Trinidadian race cars making the St Lucia trip.
McIntyre and Lewis will be accompanied by their crew members forming a team of sixteen persons who will depart for St Lucia on the morning of Thursday, April 25th, 2013. Team Grenada thanks its sponsors, TOTAL Lubricants, Grenada Distillers Ltd, True Blue Bay Resorts & Villas, Knights Autoworld and Bananas Night Club for making it possible to represent Grenada once more at this regional event.
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Best of luck to our Grenadian contingent! Respect the Nutmeg!
Article & Photo by Ravi Benjamin