Local Driver: Introducing Jose Jimenez Jr.!

Jose Jimenez Jr. is a young up and coming drag racer from the great city of Houston, TX.  He was born on December 22, 1989 and has spent his entire life here.  Jose enjoys long walks on the beach, holding hands…wait…wrong profile!!  One look at his 1995 Honda Civic hatchback you can tell that he means business.  The laundry list of modifications on this car would make any avid car enthusiast drool into his/her pillow at night.  Golden Eagle sleeves on a GSR Block, CP Pistons, Manley Rods, and ARP main studs are all mounted to a stock LS crankshaft.  The GSR head remains unported but it’s supported by Ferrea, Supertech, Iconel, and Golden Eagle.  The BMC intake manifold and fuel rail support 8 fuel injectors.  Four of these are EFI Wizards 1000cc and the other four are Fuel Injector Clinic 2150s.  A Precision Billet 4272 ball bearing turbo is mounted to a Full Race twin scroll manifold and supported by two Tial MVS 44mm wastegates.  All of this is kept cool by an Air-to-Water Intercooler and 2 Meziere electric water pumps.  Getting all of this power to the ground is a Liberty Dog Box transmission that is mated to the block by a Liberty Billet casing.  The Mark William axle, spool, halfshaft, and brake set up get wheels turning and stopping in a hurry.  Skunk 2 got the call for the upper control arms and this is all finished off by a set of Weld Racing wheels with beadlocks set up by Champion Wheels.  All of this is finished off by a set of Mickey Thompson slicks and skinnies.

The boys over at Secret Services Auto are responsible for keeping this Kandy Apple Red beast in check.  While I was snapping pictures they were checking spark plugs, pulling information off of the Racepak Datalog dash, and making sure the custom harness they built worked perfectly with the ProEFI 128 engine management system.  We already know how dedicated the SSA crew is to their craft.

Jose originally got into modding cars because of his Dad.  He pushes Jose to strive for greatness everyday of his life.  He really enjoys the lifestyle and how much fun it can be.  Ultimately his goal is to break into the NHRA Pro Stock or Funny Car series as a professional driver.  On this night out at Royal Purple Raceway his goal was to break into an 8 second quarter-mile time.  So far the fastest he has gone is a 9.13 at 152mph.  His goal of an 8 second run is so close and it is easy to tell that this goal will be achieved by how hard Jose worked in-between each run.

Jose would like to thank his sponsors for helping to make his dreams come true.  These sponsors are Secret Services Auto, Inline Racing, BMC Racing, ASAA Racing, ProEFI, Redline Graphics, Super Shield, CnS Custom Works, AVID Racing, Precision Turbo, Advance Garage, and Dave Zientera.  None of this would be possible without the help and support of these guys.

Follow along with Jose’s career right here on AutoModia.  It is only a matter of time before he gets that phone call from NHRA and I know he is going to make Houston proud.

-AM

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