The legendary 59th Good Vibrations March Meet is in the books and Aeromotive Fuel Systems once again fueled Canadian Ryan Hodgson to a nitro funny car win at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, California.
Hodgson’s Oceanus-sponsored Pacemaker 1969 Camaro nitro funny car, tuned by Bob Papirnick, relies on the Aeromotive Spur Gear Pump #11936 to deliver nitromethane at 21 GPM to grab his first March Meet win. The team also won the 2015 California Hot Rod Reunion where he set the NHRA Heritage Series speed record utilizing the same Aeromotive pump.
Tuner Papirnick (above) said of their victory, “To win the March Meet and also the Hot Rod Reunion, anyone would aspire to win either and especially with a young driver like Ryan (Hodgson). It’s a lot like the old days racing on the west coast with 25 to 35 funny cars, you’ve got your work cut out for you, and Jim Basko is a big part of this win.”
Hodgson and his team currently hold the NHRA Heritage Series Record for the class at 262.28 miles per hour and is one of six members in the prestigious Legends of Nitro 260 MPH Club for Funny Cars.
Qualifying fifth at the 59th Good Vibrations March Meet with an elapsed time of 5.662 seconds at 256.31 MPH, in eliminations his Hemi-powered funny car ran 5.717 ET in a first round victory over Danny Gerber, a 5.678 ET holeshot win over Dan Horan Jr. and a 5.718 ET win over Ohio’s Mike McIntire Jr. in the semi final round.
Ultimately Hodgson met 2016 Heritage Series Champion Kris Krabill driving the Austin & O’Brien “Northwest Hitter” funny car in the final round, carding his best elapsed time of 5.609 seconds at 259.92 miles per hour as Krabill’s engine exploded nearing the finish line.
Good Vibrations March Meet winner Hodgson said of the win, “This is the most famous race on the planet with winners like Don Garlits, Don Prudhomme, Gordie Bonin and Raymond Beadle. I’m just proud to now be on that list.”