Steeda Enthusiast Spotlight: Chris Parisi
Chris Parisi’s, the Current Ultra Stang World Champion in the Fun Ford Weekend Series, passion for motorsports all started in 1990 when his father, Joe Parisi, let him take his 1985 Mustang GT down the quarter mile at a Fun Ford Sunday event at Gainesville Raceway. It is a moment that Chris says he is forever thankful for because “…that’s when I fell in love with Drag Racing!”. His Dad has always been a racing fan and usually took Chris and his brother Dave to many SAAC and other race events when they were in New Jersey.
Chris Parisi’s hands on devotion to drag racing began in the early 90’s with his first race car – a 1991 Mustang 5.0 LX hatchback – that was both a daily driver as well as a weekend-warrior at the local drag-strips. Thru the years and after many trips down the quarter mile later honing his reaction time and building and refining his race cars, Chris’s won the 2000 Sportsman Track Championship and was voted Most Feared Driver by his peers!
Chris turned up the heat in the ensuing years by continuing his streak of winning many other races and clinching other championships. As an example of how obsessed Chris is with the quarter mile shootouts, he even raced his father’s F-150 tow vehicle for several seasons, winning several national events and finishing top 5 in points every year.
In 2006 Chris decided it was time to make a chase for the Fun Ford Weekend Four-Six Frenzy Championship and won it with his daily-driver, a Steeda-Powered 2003 Focus ZX3. Chris credits Steeda for his championship win stating: “…..Steeda really came thru for me with high quality – performance proven parts for my Focus. My mods included a Steeda Tri-Ax/F Short Throw Shifter, Steeda Performance Sport Springs, Steeda High Flow Fuel Rail and the Steeda Cold Air Intake….all of these parts contributed to make my Focus a terror on the dragstrip!”
Then in 2007, Chris decided to up the ante further by purchasing a Special Edition V6 Mustang Heat and make an all out chase for the Fun Ford Weekend Ultra Stang World Championship. When it came down to a final round race in Ennis, TX last September, he won and took home the series Championship.
Early in 2008 with class competition getting even tougher, Chris turned to Steeda once again for additional assistance in taking his car to the next competitive level in hopes of securing additional future championships. After talking to the Steeda Tech Specialists, he decided to add a host of Steeda performance parts to his ride including Steeda’s Strut Tower Brace, Steeda Billet Lower Control Arms & Lowering Brackets, Steeda’s Throttle Body Spacer, and Steeda Ultra Lite Lowering Springs. To plant his power to the ground, he followed the Steeda Tech Specialists’ recommendation and mounted a set of Nitto 555R’s. The end result – a Mustang that is tame enough to be driven to the track, and wild enough to bring home championships!
Chris’ plans for 2008 are to run the Gainesville Raceway point’s series and a limited schedule of the Fun Ford Weekend events, NMRA events and several NOPI events. Currently he is leading the points at Gainesville Raceway in the ¼ Mile True Street Class, Chris gives credit to Steeda Autosports stating: “Steeda’s parts give me peace and mind knowing that I can still drive my car daily and be able to drive to and from all events I want to go to without any issues! Thanks Steeda for all your help!!!”
Steeda and Nitto – The winning combination for the dragstrip today