PROTORQUE racer Brett LaSala has been taking the small tire and street car drag racing scenes by storm lately with a stream of huge successes and prestigious wins.
LaSala’s 2012 Ford Mustang known as “The Snot Rocket” is no stranger to raising the bar as it has set multiple records over the years, but its recent performances propelled the driver to an entirely new level – and LaSala did it all with a ProTorque EV1 torque converter on board.
In addition to securing the win at the 2023 TX2K event in the Street Car Elite category, LaSala is a three-time Street Car Takeover event winner. He also captured the win in Tom Bailey’s Sick Week battle of attrition in the highly competitive Modified class with an impressive 6.52-second pass, the quickest ever for a drag-and-drive car on drag radial tires.
Over the first weekend of October 2023, though, while racing in his home state of Florida at Bradenton Motorsports Park during the FL2K race, LaSala once again made history and nearly broke the Internet in the process.
Running in the Extreme 28s versus Tres Cuatro category with his Real Street Performance-backed machine, LaSala utilized his new set of twin 80mm turbochargers and scorched the track’s pre-existing elapsed time record with a huge 6.457 at 215.65 mph blast. A new personal best for LaSala as well, the performance also placed him at the top of the qualifying sheet.
Unfortunately, the milestone came at a cost as LaSala and team found some bearing material in the Coyote engine’s oil during a post-run inspection. Instead of lamenting, LaSala showed true dedication and relentless sportsmanship as he quickly got to work swapping in the new short block that he had commissioned from Fast Forward Race Engines. An all-hands-on-deck, late-night thrash session had the nearly 3,000-horsepower S197 ready to rip in time for the event’s eliminations.
During FL2K’s main event on Sunday, October 8, LaSala blasted through round after round until he met with Cleetus McFarland and his 6-second capable “Mullet” El Camino in the finals. With $10,000 on the line as the winner’s payout, LaSala didn’t hold anything back and flat-out dominated as he dropped the hammer and ran quicker and faster than ever with an absolutely insane 6.33 at 224.51 mph run. Of course, the epic performance captured the win and set the stock block Coyote-powered door car elapsed time quarter-mile world record as well.
ProTorque is proud of its racers, and to celebrate LaSala’s achievements, his Margarita Green “Snot Rocket” street-legal and record-setting Mustang will be prominently featured in ProTorque’s booth at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Show in Indianapolis, Indiana, on December 7-9, 2023.