Shared Car debuts at Kauai Raceway Park

There was a dragster on display when drag racers stopped for the dinner break before the start of bracket racing Saturday at the Kauai Raceway Park in Mana.

“This is the first Shared Car Program by the Garden Isle Jr. Dragsters,” said Traci Sakamoto of the Garden Isle Racing Association.

Sakamoto said the Shared Car Program is for youth between 8 through 17 years old who want to participate in drag racing but do not have a car.

“Young drivers can get behind the wheel and engage in a thrilling and exciting sport, which takes place in a safe, controlled, alcohol and drug-free environment,” Sakamoto said.

Interested youth can contact officials through

Saturday’s results included:

Ryancie Sakamoto, piloting a half-scale Jr. Dragster, topped the bracket racing on a run stopping the clock at 8.9 seconds over her 8.871 dial-in, established during the Test and Tune sessions.

With a reaction time of .144, Ryancie topped the bracket on a speed of 72.93 mph after Kelsie Iida-Vierra red lighted in her 2008 Jr. Dragster.

Third place honors went to Taylor Montemayor and Sanoe Kaluahine filled in the fourth place berth.

– Street Class

Robert Quayle, piloting a ‘95 Honda Civic, topped the bracket on a 16.0 ET over his 16.060 dial-in, reaching 86.96 mph with a .206 reaction time.

His run bettered that of Duane Noe in a 2014 Chevy Cruz which ran a 17.7 ET over his 17.690 dial-in, reaching 77.84 mph on a .440 reaction time.

Sport Compact

Larry Kalani controlled the bracket in his ‘89 Honda CRX, pushing a 13.2 ET over his 13.172 dial-in and reaching 100.38 mph on a .176 reaction time after Gino Pegeder, driving a 1995 Honda Civic, red lighted.

Muscle V8

Another red light gave the bracket to Esteve Fernando, who piloted his ‘89 Toyota pickup to an 11.5 ET over his 13.418 dial-in, reaching 75.43 mph on a .183 reaction time over Shandon Takayama’s 1969 Camaro Z28.

Pro ET

Kelden Medeiros topped the Pro ET class in his 1923 Ford T-Bucket, which reached 126.84 mph on a .934 reaction time on a run stopping the clock at 10.3 seconds ET over his 10.598 dial-in.

The run beat out Eugene Farias’ 1972 Chevy Vega, which pushed to 67.47 mph on a .535 reaction time.

Top Gun

Koty Kaiakapu, roared his ‘67 Chevy Nova to a 9.3 ET over his 9.353 dial-in, reaching 142.14 mph on a .112 reaction time for top honors over Wayne Costa, who pushed his ‘68 Chevy Camaro to 153.48 mph on a .314 reaction time on an 8.75 ET over his 9.086 dial-in.


Dennis Stoner’s 2009 Kawasaki Ninja reached 112.64 mph on a .136 reaction time on a 10.8 ET over his 10.833 dial-in to top the class over Tim Lach whose 2007 Buell VRSCX reached 101.36 mph on a .176 reaction time on his 11.93 ET over his 11.985 dial-in.

The next GIRA drag races will take place on April 4 at the Kauai Raceway Park in Mana.


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