Ford Drag Racing
Henry De Los Santos
Mustang360 Network Content Director
January 1, 2015
Photos By: Total Cost Involved Engineering

It’s been said the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. In my case, I’ve swaggered a few different ways, only to come full circle. MM&FF is where I almost started my career nearly 15 years ago.

Back in the day, I was the second hire at the National Mustang Racers Association and did freelance work for them. Then in June 2000, after I graduated from the University of California, San Diego, former MM&FF editor Jim Campisano offered me a staffer position. Unfortunately, back then I just wasn’t ready to pack my bags for New Jersey. Instead, I relocated two hours north and ended up taking a gig with Car Craft magazine and becoming the token Ford guy.

It was during my tenure at Car Craft that I built my first heads-up car. It was a supercharged ’89 Fox built according to the EFI Renegade rules at the time, meaning it had to have a hydraulic roller camshaft with a maximum .550-inch lift. I’ll never forget my first hit, which was a 10.02 at 140-mph thrill ride. Boy, was I hooked! Honestly, I didn’t expect to go that fast during the initial outing, and after one more pass I was told to slow it down or park it since I didn’t have my competition license. That ended my weekend, but even so, I had a mile-wide grin on my mug and I was OK with that.

Since then I ventured onto a different magazine for nearly 12 years and kept to my Blue Oval roots with another Mustang, a ’90 Fox that is way beyond anything I ever dreamed of. Like most projects, it started out relatively mild, running 8.90s the first time out. However, over the past few years it has evolved into something a bit more intense. It’s a stock suspension based ride and the first West Coast car on 275 drag radials to run 6s in the quarter-mile at over 203 mph. It was no easy feat, but we have a great team that made it happen.

As for what I see in the near future for MM&FF, we’ll showcase the hardcore tech you’ve come to expect. This includes potent engine builds ranging from the traditional 5.0L to the latest iterations, along with power-adder testing on both engine and chassis dynos. And of course we’ll continue to feature the hottest rides out there and be onsite at the main events.

More importantly, while I feel fortunate to be at the helm of this ship, I know that this is ultimately your magazine. If there’s something you would like to see or just feel the need to reach out, you can email me directly at And with that, let the fun begin!