Steve Turner
Former Editor, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
December 1, 2002

The hype and expectation this car drew in the off-season wasn't met until Randy Eakins backed it out of the trailer at the Columbus, Ohio, NMRA race. What was all the fuss about? Well, for starters, it's becoming more rare these days to see a new Pro 5.0 car of such quality and potential. And, Randy is a well-established racer in heads-up, street car-style drag racing. Besides that, he was jumping ship, having left his NSCA Modified Street Corvette for the low-slung Pro 5.0 ground-pounder you see here.

There were a few similarities between the cars. Namely, both the Vette and the Mustang are turbocharged and have clutchless Liberty five-speeds onboard. Was Randy going to walk into Pro 5.0 using the knowledge and skills he had garnered through 10 years of Brand-X racing and show the Blue Oval boys what's up? He sure did at WFC5!

While Randy would like to have you believe he won the Pro 5.0 class at this year's WFC "by luck only," one has to appreciate how experience wins races. The car qualified in the number-four position with a respectable 6.91-second e.t. at 197 mph. Randy had downed Brit Floyd and Charles Samuel before getting a bye run in the semifinals. But that bye run left everyone in attendance breathless, as the car careened violently past the finish line, with most observers thinking it had crashed. As it turned out, the steering wheel had come off in Randy's hands, leaving him with no directional control of a 200-mph race car. Somehow, he was able to correct and stop the car, and only his nerves suffered from the drama.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the ladder, Billy Glidden was also having an unlucky weekend with obvious nitrous-system problems. Earlier, and on his own semi-final bye-run miscue, Billy sent 30-foot fireballs belching from the intake. Randy, as steady as could be, lined up his turbo-charged warhorse, forcing Billy to work for the prize. As it turned out, Billy went up in fire once more, while Randy went on to take home $35,000 from George Gonzalez with a 7.38/192.5 mph in the 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords-sponsored Pro Mod 5.0 class.

Capturing the WFC Pro 5.0 crown is a dream not yet realized by the majority of Pro 5.0 drivers, both past and present. Randy's victory in his rookie Mustang season only hints at this team's potential. You can find Randy and his Precision Turbo team at FFW, NMRA, various Pro 5.0 invitationals, and-we're willing to bet-at next year's WFC.

Block FRPP
Cylinder Heads FRPP SC-1 (ported by Chapman Racing)
Intake Manifold FRPP/Edelbrock
Camshaft Comp Cams
Power Adder 100mm Precision Turbo
Exhaust Grebeck Racecraft headers with Flowmaster mufflers
Fuel Pump Two Weldons
Fuel Injectors 160 lb/hr
Transmission Liberty five-speed
Clutch Ram 10-in billet
Rearend Mark Williams

Dan Strezo at Precision Turbo put together this masterpiece of Ford small-block technology. The 2,000-plus horsepower brute is made up of a Ford Racing Performance Parts block (4.125-inch bore by 3.7-inch stroke for 400 ci), a billet-steel crank, 9.0:1 pistons, and aluminum rods. The FFPP SC-1 cylinder heads were ported by Chapman Racing heads, and they work with a custom solid-roller camshaft and a Jesel valvetrain. The intake is from FRPP as well with a trip through the porting shop at Wilson Manifolds. The Harry Hruska/Precision Turbo100mm hairdryer pumps an "unknown" amount of boost through the Precision intercooler when the magic happens.

The final chassis work was done by R&R Chassis (St. Louis, Missouri) with the full Funny Car, tube-frame goods. The four-link suspension holds a Jerry Bickel rear with Mark Williams spool and axles. Koni electric shocks, Bickel springs, custom wheelie bars, and Mark Williams brakes are other features that help plant the Hoosier racing slicks. The front suspension consists of tubular chassis work with Strange struts, Hypercoil springs, and Strange brakes. Rims in the front are Force, while Monocoque rims carry the back. The car weighs in at 2,900 pounds with driver. The gorgeous red paint sets off the '01 body-in-white Mustang. It also features a Hairy Glass hood and trunk lid with an R&R Chassis rear wing.

Inside the confines of this 25.1C-certified chassis, you'll find lots of tube work, Kirkey Racing seats, Auto Meter gauges, and a Hurst Line-Loc. The transmission is a Liberty "clutchless" five-speed designed to take the shock of the initial launch off the tires and put it to the ground. Randy tunes his own Ram 10-inch, dual-disk clutch and pressure-plate arrangement.

Debuted at the Columbus, Ohio, NMRA event, Randy's Pro 5.0 car has already captured the biggest race of them all-the World Ford Challenge Pro Mod 5.0 class. The car has gone as fast as 6.91 seconds in the quarter-mile at more than 206 mph. It has covered the first 60 feet of the dragstrip in 1.09 seconds!

Engine Management FAST
Ignition MSD 10
Gauges Auto Meter
Front Suspension
Springs Bickel
Struts Koni electric
Wheels Bogart
Tires Mickey Thompson
Brakes Strange
Rear Suspension
Springs Bickel
Shocks Koni electric
Traction Device R&R Chassis four-link
Wheels Bogart
Tires Hoosier
Brakes Strange