NMCA drag racer and Fuelab user Steve Cox tells us his story.
Q: When did you start racing?
A: Well, I started racing go-karts at 8, and started drag racing motorcycles in 1965.
Q: What got you into racing?
A: My parents raced in the 1950’s, and my dad worked with Mickey Thompson and Pontiac Motor Division on their joint racing effort. That gave me the bug to start racing myself.
Q: What was the first car you raced?
A: In 1966 I ran motorcycles and also a 1955 Chevy street car with a 265. I’d put my motorcycle on the rear bumper of the Chevy and drive to the track and race both. I continued to race until 1968 when I went in the service. In 1977 I started drag racing motorcycles again, as well as drag racing street cars. In 1980 a friend and I built 1966 Chevy II and I drove it. At one point I was a track champ at Los Angeles County Raceway. I continued to race other cars and motorcycles. In 1986 I had a bad accident on a motorcycle, and decided that I needed to reduce the danger level as I was raising my daughter. So, I bought a ’64 Nova and raced that, and then also began racing the ’68 Camaro during the late ’90’s. I got rid of the Nova in 2000 and have raced the Camaro since.
Q: What associations have you raced in?
A: I’ve raced in the NHRA, AHRA, IHRA, NMCA, SCEDA, and the NMRA (motorcycles)
Q: Is your family involved in your racing efforts?
A: My daughter and her two children go to races and help out, and my wife does too
Q: How long have you used Fuelab?
A: For the last three years
Q: Why did you start using Fuelab?
A: I started using Fuelab because of its state of the art technology – other manufacturers’ parts seem antiquated
Q: Was there a particular problem you were having that Fuelab solved?
A: There wasn’t a specific problem. I run the car on alcohol, and I felt it was time to update the fuel system, and Fuelab is a much better product than that of other manufacturers
Q: How has Fuelab affected your racing success?
A: With Fuelab the car runs more consistently
Q: What Fuelab parts do you use?
A: I use a Fuelab fuel pump, a Fuelab fuel pressure regulator, and Fuelab fuel filters
Q: What do you see as the primary benefits of Fuelab products and company?
A: Fuelab has excellent customer service, and they are very knowledgeable. These days some companies are just missing the boat when it comes to good service. To me customer service is the most important aspect of a business.
Q: Where do you see yourself in racing in 5 years?
A: I see myself still driving. My grandson is 11 now, and I hope to get him in the car in the coming years.
Q: What do you do in your spare time?
A: I’m retired now. So, I stay busy with racing and family