Ford Capri

Rocco Pontrelli

SCCA ITB 2000 OHC

Rocco Pontrelli
ITB Capri

I am a new member of The Capri Club of North America and thought you might be interested in my 1971 2.0L Capri. I have owned this Capri since 1993 and currently reside in Arizona. This Capri is originally from Northern California and still has the California smog sticker on the left wing window. The Capri was passed down from the original owner to his heir who fixed it for their son who wanted nothing to do with it since it only had a 4 cylinder. I guess 90 mph in third gear wasn't good enough for him. Not bad for a stock 4 banger. And I haven't found the limits of fourth gear but it runs amazingly strong.

The speedracer is being built for SCCA ITB competition. It has an 8 point rollcage, Cobra racing seat, custom instrument panel and a Dobi front air dam. Front suspension includes adjustable camber towers, 2 1/2" ID springs with adjustable sleeve, a 1 1/8" sway bar, bilstein struts and carbon kevlar brakepads. Rear suspension includes monoleaf springs with lowering blocks and KYB shocks.

The engine has the original serial number. It has a Pacesetter header with 2 1/2" open exhaust, stock carberator with choke butterfly removed, K & N air cleaner, electric fuel pump and fuel cell mounted in the trunk. Tires and wheels are 205/60R13 Yokohama A008RS mounted on 13x6 panasports.

Rocco Pontrelli
ITB Capri

This capri is new to the racing scene and just completed its fourth high-performance driving school. At the time of purchase the car still had the original paint which I hated to cover, but due to the fact that my pit crew about mutinied on me I was forced to have it painted. I also plan on freshening up the engine and adding electronic ignition. Since the car is not driven on the street, I'll also lower it another inch.

September 1998 was the first shakedown track test of the car at Phoenix International Raceway. To my pleasant surprise the car performed quite strong and proved to be a definite competitor.

In March of 1999 I was honored to put my car on the track at Laguna Sega in Monterey, CA., where I smoked my first set of brakes. The weather was windy, cold and rainy and my crew had to hole up inside the cab of a truck but we had a great time and look forward to going again.

In September 1999, I suited up and headed out again but this time to Firebird International Raceway in Phoenix. I obtained my novice racing permit. I had a great instructor and look forward to more track time.

My pit crew is finally showing some interest and real potential in becoming more than amused spectators. They look forward to our next outing and showing off the capri.

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