Across the country, the demand for amateur racing events is on the rise. Everything from SCCA to locally sanctioned autocross to private track events are seeing more people than ever become interested in the world of motorsports.
Accordingly, there are an abundance of high-performance cars on the market to meet the needs of today’s competitive drivers. There are street-legal drivers such as the Lotus Elise and Ariel Atom to factory turn-key track cars from Rossion, Noble, Saleen, and Factory Five Racing. However, all of these cars have one thing in common: they require a huge investment of cash and resources to get started.
What if there were a way to enjoy the thrill of motorsport without sinking a fortune into in a high-end racecar, a second garage, and an enclosed car hauler? Well, now there is a way – meet the Mini Racer.
Found at a hotel not far from where we found Isaac Zaragoza’s #3z X-mod (Who took the checkered flag in his class at the Tribute to Indy race last night at Canyon Speedway, bringing him from 14th to 10th overall in points in the X-Mod class) I spotted this southwest modlite car. As you can see it’s #21 driven by Jimmy Terstriep. He placed 13th overall in his class last night. Better luck next time, Jimmy.
I must say that I’m guilty of not following local racing. I find myself getting more and more into racing as I get older and the local Speedway is beginning to look enticing. Today I found an X-Mod driven by Isaac Zaragoza. From what I’ve been able to research, he was able to pull a strong string of wins together in the 2010 season. The only evidence found of him for 2011 is of him running his #3z X-mod you see here as a pace car for a local karting event. He was listed as a “former racer”.
Judging by the spare tires on the trailer, the fuel cans in the bed of the truck and the engine stand next to the fuel, He’s likely going to be racing tonight at Canyon Speedway’s 1st Annual Salute to Indy, which is located only a few miles from the hotel these pictures were taken at. According to info found on Canyon Speedways page, he finished 3rd last night in his class and is at 14th overall in points for the season. Good luck Mr. Zaragoza!