Kyle has NV Auto align the car to his own specifications. He hauls scales and gauges to the track with him in his trailer, so he can make track side adjustments when they are required. This street car, still licensed and used to get to and from the track, has a Sparco Grid seat, Sparco 215 steering wheel, NRG slim hub, NRG gen 2.5 quick release, and has a fully gutted interior. Scott at Can-Alignment fabricated a four point roll bar that is welded into place. Safety in the form of an Impact 6 point formula style camlock harness holds him steady. Residing in the trunk is an Odessa PC680 battery, to help balance the weight. To assist with his learning and improving at each track Kyle uses an AIM Solo lap timer. Of course, appearance cannot be overlooked and the aggressive front end comes from an Alltrac bumper cover combined with a homemade air dam. The GTS also has JDM front and rear corner lamps plus a 92-93 tail light conversion. The stereo that was installed during his high school years was sacrificed as part of a weight reduction program quite a while ago.
This Celica GTS has been thoughtfully built and, as a result, is an incredible performance vehicle. The classification structure of CASC OTA allows Kyle great head to head competition while also being able to fight it out for the overall win. 2014 saw a Touring 2 class win, Novice Championship, and 8th place overall. During the winter season Kyle applied himself to research. Tires, springs, sway bars, camber and castor – absorbing everything he read and combining it with what he had learned from Glenn, Abel (who unfortunately passed away in 2011), Dave Bailey (another oval track racer), and every other time attacker he was able to glean information from. The car was prepared as well as it could be for the 2015 season and Kyle won his class but, even better, was fighting for the overall spot all season long. When the dust cleared at the end of the season, Kyle finished 3rd overall with CASC OTA behind Mohamed Hussain and his immaculately prepared Honda CRX and first overall and first in SGT1 Michael Gardner in his beastly Nissan 350Z. In the OTA Shoot Out Kyle captured 2nd place. That was good, but first would be better! Stay tuned to the 2016 season. Kyle has his sights set on the overall championship. His buddy Dave has told him that more races are won in the shop than anywhere else, and Kyle probably spends more time in the shop preparing than anywhere else.
Nine years ago he had one of the coolest cars in the high school parking lot. Today he has one of the coolest cars in almost any race track paddock. If you do not think that a 110ish whp car is cool, you will likely change your mind when he is hounding you through the twisty sections of your favorite tracks!
*Disclaimer: I am an Authorized Dealer for Carbotech Performance Brakes.