2015 TOP FUEL JET “SPIRIT OF AMERICA” RACE TEAM NEWS
The above photo was taken at the beginning of the crash just after the jet casting failed. Wild Horse Pass, Chandler AZ. Lucas World Finals 2014
SPIRIT OF AMERICA TOP FUEL JET NEWS UPDATES.
May 17,5015 We picked up the new Terminator hull last week. As of today we have the capsule installed, the intake installed with our new billet suction housing. Additionally we have added the tunnel air plates and axle shaft.
The new all composite hull weighed in at 485 lbs. This week we will be installing the motor mounts and centering it for the Lenco drive line and adding the fuel cell. Photos of the new hull are shown above.
April 3, 2015 To the new Spirit race deck was popped out of the mold! The engine is complete and ready to rumble. All we need is the bottom half!
Mar.10,2015 Today we finished installing our new Manton shaft rocker arms and last week we began laying up the new deck and bottom for our new 2015 Terminator race hull.
We are awaiting the completion of our newly designed billet Jet drive which may be completed next week. The new stronger drive will hopefully reduce drive breakage and make the boat safer than in the past.
Additionally, we would like to thank our sponsors for their past assistance and for their continued support in 2015.
Jan. 31,2015 Today, the plug was waxed and straightened a small amount. Pat will start laying up the mold this Monday or Tuesday. Bryan and his brother will be helping weld the mold framework this week.
Mike and I finished the bottom end on the new motor and we are awaiting to arrival of the updated blower. Things are going as planned at this time. We are awaiting drawings of our new billet jet drive for our approval. If the design looks satisfactory it is expected to be completed in about a month.
Jan. 22, 2015 Lucas Oil has updated our previous World E.T. record to 5.552 E.T. The record was accidentally over looked at the last San Diego race when we set the MPH record with Brad Parrack driving. Doug Durnall, our previous driver, had the existing record at 5.78. Brad Parrack now has both ends of the National Lucas Oil Top Fuel Jet records for MPH and E.T. driving the old Spirit of America which were set in San Diego..
Jan.21,2015 We just completed our new plug mold for making the permanent mold for our 2015 Spirit Of America. The old hull design has been updated with many changes to reduce drag and add down force. We will begin construction of the new mold this weekend. The boat should be completed in early to mid 2015 and will be 100% composite construction. The new hull design we be marketed as the “Terminator Tunnel”
Nov. 6, 2014 We have located a used hull and will modify it with the latest bottom design and make a 4th generation version of the Rogers Dragstar.. We will then build a new mold from the latest design.
We will continue to use this basic hull design because of it,s proven safety record and superior handling characteristics. No Dragstars have ever crashed, hooked or barrel rolled unless caused by mechanical failure. We expect the new hull will be built in Phoenix and will be ready by this next season.
Nov. 1.2014 Lucas Oil National Drag Boat Series- World Finals, Chandler AZ. While qualifying we had a drive casting break, causing a spectacular crash. Our new Pilot Bryan Letterly was uninjured and can’t wait to get a new hull built!
Oct.12,2014 Lucas Oil National Drag Boat Series- Lake Havasu, AZ. Our new Pilot, Bryan Letterly, got his license in the new Spirit Of America Top Fuel Jet!
Bryan did a great job and managed to cut a reaction time of .015 seconds at 140.581 MPH on straight methanol fuel without any nitro. This was the first full track pass on the new hull design. The boat had very conservative hardware and the pop off valve was released at 700 feet because this was the first test pass on the new hull design!
The new crew members are Rob Wiley, Mike O Neil, Josh Letterly, Paul Boop, Petunia Petalbottom and team owner John Cost.
The team is now preparing for it’s first race at the 2015 season. We are currently building a totally new hull .. It will be the first new hull design built specifically for Top Fuel Jet in the last twenty years..