“We took the drive train and suspensions off the vehicle to make it more symmetrical,” said Wicks. “We also tested the vehicle in the Chrysler wind tunnel at Michigan.” The vehicle at the Salts was painted to resemble NASCAR Champion Bobby Isaac’s Grand National Dodge Charger Daytona. Issac established the original record “flying mile” Stock Car speed record of 216.949 mph in 1971.
“Pushing the limits of speed and technology is my life,” said Wicks. “I’m totally thrilled with our new World Speed Record at the Salt Flats. We made it into the Guinness Book of Records that day.”
Wicks also broke the 220- plus mph in Indy Car, NASCAR, NHRA dragster and Unlimited Hydroplane. His record braking resume includes the WSR for prop-boats at 205 mph and the WSR for fastest stock car at 244 mph.
“The environment at Bonneville is far from friendly,” said Wicks. “It’s dusty, salty and there was a lot of silt. Our engine performance was fantastic with K&N oil filters. The wrench off nut made everything easy for our team. There is no such thing as a proper garage at the Salt Flats and every little bit helps. The K&N air filters give us the biggest amount of air flow for optimal performance. K&N helps us protect the World Speed Record.”
With more than 25 years of racing experience, Wicks became a fully sponsored professional by the time he was 15-years-old. He began racing Motocross at 10-years-old and has plans to shatter more World Records in 2008.
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