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Students get Mustangs ready for the race track



Michael Harrison (from left), Nichole Correia and Tyler Champion pose with their Mustangs.
America's classic sports car has found a home at Thomson High School and three students -- seniors Michael Harrison and Tyler Champion, and junior Nichole Correia -- are working to use the Mustang's horsepower on the track.

Nichole drives a white 2001 Mustang GT. She has been testing her car constantly with every addition to it in preparation to one day have it ready to race. Some of these additions include Stalker Ground Effects, Bullit Rims, a sunroof and some engine work she doesn't want to reveal yet. Despite all this work, she feels there's more to be done prior to entering the track.

"I'm waiting to get (my car) completely fixed before racing," Nichole said.

Right now, she is running at the stock time of 14 seconds in the quarter mile, but hopes to one day run in the eights.

"I wanted to start racing after I saw the movie The Fast and the Furious," Nichole said. "I have spent roughly $4,500 on my car, but it is nowhere near finished."

Michael is the driver of a 1995 black and red Mustang GT and has been racing for about a year. Michael races frequently in Jackson, S.C. for money. To make his car one of the best, Michael has added a gear and an ignition coil and has painted the car.

"I have put around $2,500 into it and have only won about $30. Right now, I am running 13.8 (seconds) in the quarter mile," Michael said. "My goal is around 10.4."

Michael said he got started in racing through his dad.

"Me and Slick have always been really into cars and racing. I guess that's my inspiration," Michael said.

Tyler drives a chrome yellow 1994 Mustang GT and has also been racing for about a year. Tyler has also been traveling to Jackson to race for money every chance he gets.

"I got started in racing the day I got my driver's license. I've always wanted to race. Me and Michael used to race lawn mowers when we were little," Tyler said.

Additions made to his car include an exhaust, an air filter and rims.

"I have spent close to $2,200 on my car, with a lot of it going toward tires. But I have also won $1,000 back racing," Tyler said.

Tyler runs 14.8 seconds in the quarter mile and has high hopes of one day running 10.6.

Although it is friendly competition, Michael said another one of his goals is to continue beating Tyler.

"The biggest race I have ever won was beating Tyler, and he can say the same about me," Michael said.

Web posted on Thursday, February 12, 2004

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