Steve Baur
Former Editor, Modified Mustangs & Fords
October 25, 2006
Photos By: Team MM&FF

Chris Colitas
Chris Colitas was able to yank the left front wheel several inches in the air upon launch. Now that's not exactly new in the racing world, but he lifted the factory 17x8-inch wheel. That's definitely something you don't see every day.

Chris leased the Mustang new in 1998. After two years of driving the pony, he bought the car and promptly purchased an ATI ProCharger for it. He then modified the rear axle for race duty, as the Mustang competes in Fun Ford and NMRA modular competition, as well as his local Heavy ET class at Raceway Park. Running mid-12s, Chris' Mustang has obviously responded well to forced induction, as there are not many other mods to it.

STRIP SPECS
Owner: Chris Colitas
Hometown: Bethlehem, PA
Driver: Chris Colitas
Year/Model: {{{1998 Mustang}}} {{{GT}}}
Weight w/driver: 3,566 lbs.
Engine: 281 ci
Built by: Ford
Intercooler: 3-core air-to-air
Power adder: ATI ProCharger P-1SCH
Maximum boost: 12 psi
Intake manifold: Stock
Cylinder Head(s): Stock
Compression ratio: Stock
Camshafts: Stock
Ignition: Stock
Computer:  
Exhaust: MAC off-road pipe and 2.5-inch after-cat
Transmission: Stock T-45, King Cobra clutch, Steeda shifter
Rear type: 8.8 axle, 3.73 gear, 31-spline axles and Traction-Lok
Wheels: Stock 17x8-inch front, 15-inch Weld ProStars
Tires: Mickey Thompson 26-inch ET Drag
Suspension front: Stock
Suspension rear: Steeda Adjustable control arms
Best shootout ET/MPH: 12.63/109.42
Best-ever ET/MPH: 12.{{{62}}}/109.5 MPH
STRIP LOG
Run # R/T 60-ft. 1/8 MPH 1/4 MPH
1 .551 1.69 8.05 87.59 12.63 109.42
2 .587 1.66 8.60 82.67 13.34 105.66
3 .633 1.81 8.33 85.74 12.95 108.41
4 .589 1.67 8.09 86.01 12.69 108.74
5 .647 1.65 8.07 86.16 12.66 108.58
6 .506 1.65 8.53 83.51 13.21 107.02