- Wednesday 12 June, 2013
In a mean green ’68 Chevelle motivated by a nitrous-gulping big-block engine, Karri Anne Beebe has gone round after round in Drag Radial and Outlaw Limited Street at Milan Dragway in Michigan, and is geared up to run Renegade Racing Association’s Outlaw Limited Street at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park and Thompson Raceway Park in Ohio. But she’ll swap make and model — for a weekend, anyway — when she climbs into a 2011 Mustang GT wearing Cobra Jet graphics for the 10th Annual McLeod NMRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, June 14-16.
“The Mustang belongs to Bill Barnes, a fellow member of Team Detroit Racing,” said Beebe, who in her own car, with its chassis tuned by her husband, Matt Beebe, and its engines built by her brother-in-law, Craig Beebe, won the Outlaw Limited Street championship at Milan Dragway in 2011 and has been as fast as 7.67 at 180 mph on drag radials. “A while back, Bill asked if I would drive it, but I was scheduled to take part in another race that weekend, so I couldn’t. Some time passed, and at the Detroit Autorama in March, Kurt Johnson told me there was an All-Female Shootout at the NMRA race at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park in June, and that I might want to find a Mustang for it. At that point, Bill Barnes said ‘I want you to take mine,’ so I’d like to enter the All-Female Shootout and/or the 5.0 Mustang Shootout at the race.”
The car, which has gone 10.30s, has under the hood a Magnuson supercharged 5.0L Coyote engine stuffed with Diamond pistons, Manley H-beam rods, Manley valves, Trick Flow valve springs, TSS billet oil pump and ATI Damper, all bolted together by Blue Collar Performance in Michigan, which used an SCT tuner and a dyno to perfect the tune. Kooks long-tube headers and H-pipe and Roush axle-back mufflers run underneath, and an 8.8 rear-end with a Detroit Locker and 3.31 gearing, Moser axles and Strange C-clip eliminator and Shaftmasters driveshaft are in place.
Tokico D-Spec adjustable shocks and struts, Cobra Jet springs, CHE lower and upper control arms, panhard bar and relocation brackets are set up and Mickey Thompson ET Streets are wrapped around Race Star wheels. Helping to plant the power are a 6R80 six-speed automatic transmission and Circle D converter, and a six-point chome moly rollbar does its part to help protect the driver.
This isn’t the first time Beebe has been invited to climb into another driver’s car, as she wheeled Steve Bashford’s ten-second Pacer — pretty famously — for a Pinks All Out event at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park in 2010 and won $10,000
“I’m honored that Bill asked me to drive his car, but I’m a little nervous because I’ve never driven it and every car has its quirks, but he’s confident in my driving abilities and I’m going to do the best I can and try not to let him down,” said Beebe, who always has a smile, a handshake — and a green glow stick — for race fans. “I’m looking forward to it.”
By Mary Lendzion