Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Jim Saunders from Virginia, who owns and races a 1991 Ford Mustang GT.
How did you get into drag racing?
Went to a drag race in 1983 with my boss at Maryland International Raceway and was “bitten by the bug” right away!
When and where was your first race?
Maryland International Raceway in Budds Creek, Maryland in 1983. I was Runner Up my very first time racing!
What model/year do you race now?
We have a total of four drag race cars—one is a 1991 Ford Mustang GT.
Does your car have a nickname?
What's under the hood?
Ford 393 Windsor
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
180 straight cut gear set
Why do you use BTE?
Quality parts and amazing customer service! Thank you for being such a strong supporter and awesome sponsor at many races.
Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
One time at Bristol at the World Footbrake Challenge I needed to write my dial-in on my car. Went to the BTE Support Trailer and they had some window markers (or shoe polish) in stock. The BTE rep jokingly said it’s guaranteed to go to final rounds. Well, my son made it to the quarterfinals that day! LOL. Great day at the track and appreciated BTE’s humor and support.
Someone you look up to in racing?
Don Garlits, John Force and the late Bob Glidden!
If money were no object, what would you drive?
I wouldn’t change what I’m driving.
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Do the same routine, tire check, etc.