The winter was longer and colder than usual here in central PA and at CJ Pony Parts. Everyone on the Gotta Have Builds team was anxiously awaiting the warmer weather, which we knew was going to bring us to the first local NMRA race at the Maryland International Raceway (MIR) in southern Maryland. Bill and Rick jumped at the chance to race CJ’s two 2013 Mustang GTs, Gotta Have It Race and Gotta Have It Street, in the NMRA’s Roush Super Stang class.
On Friday morning, May 3, Bill and Rick started the typical three hour ride to MIR, which took over five hours that day, thanks to traffic and construction. They hauled Gotta Have It Race on the trailer and drove Gotta Have It Street to the event. Once they arrived at the track, they met up and pitted with longtime friend and racer Bob Cochran and the 1948 Ford Flatbed Truck that he races in the Detroit Locker Truck and Lightning class. The Gotta Have Builds team also shared a pit area with CJ Pony Parts’ friend/customer Bob Schaeffer and his turbo V6 Mustang. Bill and Rick quickly prepped the cars and went through registration and tech to get ready to race.
At 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon, the lanes opened for a test-n-tune session. Both Bill and Rick wanted to get a handful of test runs in so they could practice on the .500 pro tree. Rick needed all the practice that he could get, as he didn’t manage to make a single clean pass until Bill reminded him to turn off traction control. After a few more passes during test and tune, Rick’s best reaction time was just a .132 and Gotta Have It Street’s best time was 13.03 @ 111.24 MPH. Bill only made a couple of passes and was having some issues dialing in the car on the radial tires required by the class. With his best test and tune pass of 11.43 @ 121.42 with a 1.41 reaction time, it was time for qualifying.
First round of qualifying was on Friday night and started at 7 p.m. Once late afternoon came around, the temperature and DA started dropping and was making for some fast passes. Rick finally had a nice clean pass and Gotta Have It Street went 12.68 @112.18 MPH. Rick even cut a decent light with a .077 off the line. Bill and Gotta Have It Race ran an almost identical 11.44 @ 121.28 MPH with a .078 reaction time, which was not as fast as we have been running; however, it was consistent, which is how you go rounds in SST.
The second and third rounds of qualifying didn’t start until Saturday afternoon. Rick and Gotta Have It Street’s best pass was a 12.50 @ 112.87 MPH with a .094 light. That was the highest MPH ever for Gotta Have It Street and only .01 from its best ever time. The previous bests were set with the much lighter Racestar Dark Star drag wheels, so 12.50 @ 112.87 is very impressive for a car that had a race weight of over 4000lbs with an Eibach coilover road race suspension, huge Ford Racing SVTPP wheels and massive SSBC brakes and only a JLT intake, SCT XCAL3 tuner and Roush exhaust helping it make more power.
In the second and third rounds of qualifying, Bill was fighting clutch issues with Gotta Have It Race. The radial tires require a different launch than a slick; for example, when you dump the clutch, they tend to spin. The second qualifier was a 11.73 at only 117.02 MPH, which was way off what it had been running before. The low MPH was an issue. Bill decided to cool the clutch way off and add a little air to the back tires for the third qualifier. Bill had a .085 light and the changes worked as Gotta Have It Race ran another 11.43 @ 120.08 and was dialed in for Sunday’s eliminations.
The first round of eliminations for the Roush Super Stang class started bright and early Sunday morning, at 9 a.m. Rick decided on a 12.70 dial-in for Gotta Have It Street, while Bill went with an 11.50 dial-in on Gotta Have It Race. Both dial-ins were slower than each car’s best runs, but Bill and Rick wanted to leave a little bit of margin for error. If they made it past the first round, the remainder of the eliminations were to be during the middle of the afternoon, meaning it would be warmer and the track would be slower. The morning air was cool and crisp and many other competitors had been breaking out and running under their dial-ins.
Rick and Gotta Have It Street were first up and paired against Larry Firestone, who finished 5th in last year’s championship. Rick got the advantage at the starting line with a .061 reaction time compared to Larry’s .099. Rick led the race through the finish line and both racers broke out running faster than their dial-in. Larry was closer to his dail-in with a 11.471 on his 11.50, while Rick ran a 12.644 on his 12.70 dail-in. This gave the win to Larry by the very small .0275 second margin.
Bill and Gotta Have It Race were only a few cars behind Rick, and he was lined up against Marco Ponce Jr. who finished 4th in points in 2012. Bill and Marco have a friendly rivalry between our 2013 GHIR and his 2012 Real Deal Boss; our car has been quicker down the quarter mile, but Marco beat us last time we ran heads up. Bill dialed-in an 11.50 to Marco’s 11.53, so it was all but a heads up race. Marco got the starting line advantage with a .053 to Bills .129 light. However, Bill made up the ground immediately, and both cars went down the track door handle to door handle. Going through the traps, both drivers lifted but Marco let off a little sooner running 11.56 on his 11.53 dial-in at only 120 mph instead of his usual 125. Bill broke out with an firstname.lastname@example.org, a little slower than the 121-122 it was running in similar air.
Both Bill and Rick were consistent but choosing the right dial is what makes SST so tough. We had a great weekend with lots of customers coming up to see the cars and check out some of the modifications they saw us do in our videos. There are still several NMRA races left in the season, so hopefully we get a chance to go out and avenge our first round losses!
With the lowered stance and front splitter, Gotta Have It Street already looked pretty aggressive. We just weren’t done. Now we’ve added a Roush Side Skirt and Rear Splitter.
Originally, we lowered Gotta Have It Street using an Eibach Pro-Street S Coil-Over Damper Kit. Next, we added a Roush Front Splitter to the car late last year, which started building the aggressive look. Our 2013 Mustang GT still looked unfinished, though, until we found these splitter kits. Inspired by the Roush 427R and other special edition Roush Mustangs, both of these Roush kits extend the aggressive look that we love on Gotta Have It Street the whole way around the car.
To get this look, we needed to install two splitter kits from Roush:
Roush provides everything needed for installation in the kit, including push pins for the side skirt and a drilling template for the rear splitter, plus any other hardware that you need. In this video, Bill walks you through the installation of both kits on Gotta Have It Street. For both kits, the process will only take about two hours and, outside of a drill, only require hand tools.
Once you watch the video, you’ll see the new Roush Side Skirt/Splitter Kit and the Roush Rear Side Splitter Kit working very well with the Roush Front Splitter that we had installed a few weeks ago. We think it really completes the aggressive look on our Mustang, and we can’t wait to get Gotta Have It Street out on the road more regularly once winter is over!
What do you think of these new Roush splitter kits on Gotta Have It Street?
While quite a few 2010-2013 Mustangs came with fog lights, many of the base or high performance models, like the Boss 302, weren’t available with this feature. Many others, like our Gotta Have It Street Mustang, had to have the fog lights removed when we swapped in our new Roush Upper Grille. Enter Starkey Products’ new fog light kits, which quickly and easily allow you to add new fog lights.
Starkey Products offers four different kits for 2010-2013 Mustangs:
- V6 Pony Package style Fog Lights for 2010-2012 V6 Mustangs
- California Special style Fog Light for 2010-2012 V6, GT and Boss 302 Mustangs
- V6/California Special style Fog Lights for 2013 V6/Boss 302 Mustangs
- V6/California Special style Fog Lights for the Lower Valance of 2013 GT Mustangs
Each kit, with the exception of the 2013 GT kit, is plug and play and does not require any cutting or splicing, which truly makes installation a breeze. Installation really only requires mounting the lights and the OEM style switch, running a wiring harness, and plugging everything together. Step-by-step instructions are included, plus everything you need to do the installation. Once installed, your Mustang will now have automatic headlamps (if it didn’t before) and some beautiful Starkey fog lights.
Starkey’s 2013 GT kit is a little different, as it is designed to allow you to remove the grille mounted fog lights and move them to the lower valance. On Gotta Have It Street, we recently installed a new Roush Upper Grille, so our fog lights were already gone and we were ready to get some new ones back on the car. Rather than running a new wiring harness, this kit splices right into the existing fog light wiring using 3M t-taps and mating quick connects, then uses your existing fog light switch. Once it’s done, it looks just like a GT California Special with the factory fog lights.
In today’s installation video, Bill demonstrates how to install the 2013 GT kit onto one of our 2013 Mustang GTs, Gotta Have It Street. It’s about a two hour installation and requires only basic hand tools. As always, Bill walks you through the installation, step-by-step. Check out the video and, if you’re looking to add some fog lights, you’re now equipped to do it yourself.
Also, make sure to check out some other parts from Starkey Products, which offers a wide variety of 2005+ electrical components and accessories to help you make your Mustang your own.
The Roush Front Splitter for 2013 Mustangs adds race inspired styling and performance to any Mustang, making it the perfect addition for Gotta Have It Street!
While Gotta Have It Street isn’t our race car, the reduced drag and increased downforce provided by the Roush Front Splitter, plus the style it offers, is a perfect compromise for a street car that makes the occasional run down the track. The Roush Front Splitter also helps improve the car’s aerodynamics by improving the transition between the high-velocity airflow underneath your Mustang and the much slower freestream airflow of the ambient atmosphere. The front splitter works by providing a space for the underbody airflow to decelerate and expand so that it does not cause excessive flow separation and drag, which can be helpful no matter what the purpose of your 2013 V6/GT/Boss 302 Mustang.
Today, Bill shows you how this installation went on Gotta Have It Street. It will take a several hours, and does require some modifications to the factory splitter, as it becomes the base for the new Roush splitter. It is, however, a very straightforward process using the detailed factory instructions, and you should be back on the road in no time, with a more efficient and much nicer looking 2013 Mustang!
Special thanks to Roush Performance for supplying the parts!
Give your 2013 Mustang a fresh front end look with a new Upper Grille from Roush!
The Upper Grille from Roush adds a sleek styling element to your Mustang, much different from the honeycomb grille design that’s standard on the 2013 Mustang. The grille fits most 2013 trims, too, including the V6, GT, Boss 302 and California Special, though it does require removal of the fog lights, if your 2013 is so equipped. The Roush Upper Grille also allows for increased airflow to the radiator–over 40% better than with the stock grille–which will keep your Mustang cooler and much more able to hit those high speeds and quick times on the track!
In today’s video, Bill installs the Roush Upper Grille onto Gotta Have It Street. Watch the video as Bill shows you exactly how to do it on your 2013, taking only hand tools and a couple of hours work. Between the fresh look and the increased airflow, that will be two hours well spent!
Special thanks to Roush Performance for supplying the parts!