Since the late 1970s, when they teamed up, Dario Orlando and Steve Chichisola have been inseparable. The talented pair have formed companies, Steeda is derived from Steve and Dario, successfully raced and won in many forms of competition. Building and racing a wide variety of cars from Sprites to the victorious IMSA GS Class Cobra R Mustangs to the latest Steeda Q400 R has led to a long line of competition proven performance parts for Steeda’s customers. Although both men are equally talented in all phases of car building and race preparation, Dario became the driver able to communicate the engineering facets needed to dial the race cars to Steve as the racing chief engineer was able to take the input and build winning cars.
Now the talented duo are back racing , testing and developing more competition performance parts with the Steeda Focus. The number 22 ZX3 underwent extensive testing, evaluation recently at the South Atlantic Road Race of Champions race held at Sebring, Florida.
Dario and Steve sorted a number of new suspension and engine parts as the Focus qualified second in class and ahead of a number of competitors, including BMW, Honda, Toyota and Nissan.
Throughout the weekend the Focus went faster as the pair dialed the car in. After qualifying second to a purpose built race car, Dario stated. “ We were very pleased with the progress we made with our Focus this weekend. The ZX3 Zetec engine never missed a beat and we were able to gather valuable suspension data. The Focus is a blast to drive! I cannot wait for our next race as we continue develop the car. This will enable us to continue to offer new performance handling and engine parts to our Focus customers in the very near future”
(photo caption) Racing together again, this time with the Steeda Focus, Steeda President, Dario Orlando (L) and Racing Chief Engineer, Steve Chichisola prepare to head to Sebring International Raceway for a successful product development and race weekend.