The worlds of big-time grudge, no-time, and class racing are actually a lot more similar these days than most fans or racers realize. Those who participate in these highly competitive forms of drag racing are willing to do whatever it takes to win, so floating between them isn’t that hard. Grudge racer James Miron has made the move to Pro 275 and he’s ready to prove at the Magic 8 he can be a player in the class.
The Pro 275 class has quickly established itself as a top-tier eliminator of ultra-fast, well-equipped race cars. With the class gaining popularity, the elapsed times have dropped like a rock, and that’s one of the things that attracted Miron.
Making the jump to Pro 275 has been a pretty big adjustment for Miron across the board.
“It has been a little bit of a challenge for us. We’re showing times and dealing with rules and weights now, so that’s different than the no-time world where we didn’t have to do any of that. We had to make sure the car fit rules and put weight in it. With the class being so new, the weights are a bit off and the nitrous cars are still behind. We’ve been working hard to improve the car so it can run at the front of the class,” Miron says.
In the grudge world, Miron was one of the toughest competitors around and he’s bringing that level of intensity to the Pro 275 class. He has already run his nitrous-fed Camaro at Lights out 11 in Pro 275 trim and that was a learning experience. Miron has continued to make changes to the car to improve his program with the goal of running at the front in Pro 275.
“At Lights Out we had an 872 cubic-inch engine and now we have a 959 we’re working with. We’ve done a lot of stuff like moving the engine around. That was made possible by Joe Peters at Race Car Specialties — they built the car and really help us out a lot. Right now we’re making some changes to the converter, the gearing, and playing with the lock-up more,” Miron explains.
The Magic 8 will be run during one of the hottest times of the year in central Florida, but Miron isn’t too concerned. Since racing isn’t scheduled to begin each day until 6:00 p.m. he feels the track will be cooling down when they are ready to go. Miron also believes with so few cars at the event the staff at Orlando Speed World Dragway will be able to stay in front of the prep situation and give them an outstanding surface to race on.
Going to big events like the Magic 8 is something that Miron really enjoys — it’s a treat for him to go race and be with his track family, but don’t think for one second he plans on showing up to this event unprepared.
“I like just getting away from everyday life and going to these events. I’m a super competitive person so having the chance to race against the best is great. We’re constantly working on this car and that’s what a lot of people don’t see. It takes a lot of extra work, it’s almost like another full-time job. If you go to a big race and don’t work on your program between events you’re really going to fall behind,” Miron states.
You can watch all the action from Orlando Speed World Dragway live RIGHT HERE when the Magic 8 begins. This SpeedVideo broadcast is brought to you by presenting sponsor Titan Fuel Tanks along with Jerry Bickel Race Cars, Flying A Motorsports, Vortech Superchargers, and GForce Performance Engineering.