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Mid Ohio Event video to see what Daytona 24 will be like!
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This weeks “Pic4Swag” Winner is Jonathan Herrera and he is our FaceBook Group winner Week#6. His pic was chosen because it shows the passion and dedication behind his MazdaMovement. Great job Jonathan and this is his story!!
Hello, my name is Jonathan Herrera. My Mazdaspeed 3 was born in August 2006. Champ Car Atlantic Series powered by Mazda originally owned the car. It was used as the Official Pace Car for the Bank Atlantic series prior to the 2008 series.
They custom fabricated a full roll cage from the trunk to inside the dashboard and removed everything in the trunk and also the backseats. They then fabricated a rear seat filler painted to match the body (True Red). They also wired up four front strobe lights, one light bar in the rear, and two more strobes in the back lights for the Pace car role my car played. My car was also signed by Johnny Unser, A famous race car driver from the Indy 500 series.
ChampCar was then absorbed by Indy Racing League in 2008. The Atlantic Series continued for 2 more years. There was a lawsuit that completely shut down the Atlantic Series so all of the cars, including the ChampCar Official Pace Cars, were auctioned off. During this auction, a guy named Scott, a contract employee for ChampCar World Series as an official, bought the car with around 3000 miles on it. The car was garage kept until he went to Champion Porsche at the beginning of 2011 and traded in the Mazdaspeed 3 for a Porsche.
This is where I came along after a long search for a car. I looked at everything; from Subaru’s to the Mazdaspeeds. My dad has bought several cars from Champion Porsche over the course of 11 years. We came across this Mazdaspeed 3 Official Pace Car on their website. I then started to do TONS of research on Mazdaspeed 3s and this one in general. This car was something I really liked because my family and I go to the track all the time; whether it is Palm Beach International Raceway, Sebring, Homestead, and more. It served a nice purpose because of the modifications that were done. We then went and bought the Mazdaspeed 3 a couple of weeks after we found it online. Since then, I’ve done a lot of modifications and have gone to many track and auto x events. The car has been very good to me.
I’ve met many new friends since I’ve gotten my Mazda. I met my “brother” Pace Car that was also used in the same series as me (Mazdaspeed 6). I also go to meets almost every week, whether it’s an Exotic car meet with friends or a Mazda meet. I always get a lot of questions about my car. The Mazda community is like no other.
I want to give shout outs to my Dad for making all this happen, my Mom, Wyatt at StreetUnit, Sharaz at Champion Porsche, Heath for bringing us Mazda guys even more in a group with Mazda Movement, and Juan at Turbo Wax for making my car so shiny!!! Thanks everyone!
Here’s my Modifications;
-3m DI-NOC 1080 Carbon Fiber roof/gas tank/toe hook cover
-Full Pace Car Flash Kit – 4 in front, 2 in back, 1 light
bar in rear window
-Rally Armor mud flaps
-Front fog yellow vinyl
-Painted red calipers
-Rear windshield wiper delete
-Custom black emblems
-HD front lip
-Removed side moldings
-Tinted Side windows and back window with cutout for Pace Car Light Bar
-Custom Miami Heat license plate with custom lettering
-2 Crowe Enterprises 5 point Harnesses
-Full Custom Roll Cage – Built in house at the
ChampCar World Series Garage
-Custom Rear Seat Filler – Fabricated in the ChampCar World Series Garage
-Prosport Boost Gauge in Airco vent
-Carbon Fiber Mazdaspeed Rear view mirror cover
-Valentine 1 Radar detecter
-Mazdaspeed Camber Kit
-BBS RG-R – One Piece Die Forged Aluminum
-SURE Motorsports TVS Caps – Ignition Red.
Power Performance Mods
-F5 Fujita Cold Air Intake System
-CorkSport Racing Down Pipe
-Mazdaspeed Cat Back Exhaust System
-SURE Motorsports Torq R3 RMM (Street Urethane)
-4 Sport Stop Brake Rotors
-COBB AP Stage 2
-KMD HPFP Internals
-SURE Motorsports Sidewinder (Turbo Inlet Pipe)
Ride along with MazdaMovement’s Field Photographer Alex Roszko as he documents the track with his buddys Modded 350z at Harris Hill Raceway at the MazdaMovement Meet n Greet Track Day!
We want shotgun next Alex!!!! Spring 2012 can’t come soon enough.
Mazdaspeed 6 aka Antifreeze!
My passion for Mazda began with my first car and my first Mazda, it was a 1988 Mazda MX-8 that was beat to crap with no interior door panels and a broken door handle. After all that car problems that I went through I picked up a few other random cars before I got behind the wheel of another Mazda. Shortly after joining the military I purchased a silver 2007 Mazda 6, that I absolutely fell in love with. The flow of the body lines were so appealing to the eye with the headlights and tail lights. I have always been into cars but I was never fortunate enough to enjoy the performance aspect of cars. So I figured id look into seeing how I could make my Mazda a little faster. And after searching around on the web it hit me, I found the AWD, Turbo version of my car. At that point I began to kick myself in the ass for not doing my homework prior to buying my regular Mazda 6. O well, because about a year later I got deployed and realized that I had the perfect chance to trade mine in on something a little better.
During my deployment I spent 98% of my free time searching around for the best car for under 20k, I had guidelines for my search though. The car must be new-ish, Turbo or easily turbod, manual transmission of course and not FWD. Sounds easy enough right? Not at all, in that year I looked at everything from early Audi S4’s (the V6 Biturbo) Audi A4’s, 350z’s, M3’s, BMW 335i’s, and numerous other makes and models. Around the end of the deployment I realized that sooner or later I would have to make a decision, so with about a month left I found a 2006 Mazdaspeed 6 for sale about 3 hours away from where I lived in Texas and I contacted him and offered to put a deposit on the car for him to hold it for me until I was able to pick it up. The entire time I was on the phone with the car salesman I was on the Street Unit website putting parts into my cart and making sure I didn’t forget anything. So once I got off the phone with the salesman I instantly called over to Street Unit and spoke with Shane to start a nice relationship by ordering a decent amount of parts to get things started when I got home.
Fast forward about 3 weeks, I am now back in Texas and i get to my friends house that I had all of my parts sent to and when I walk into the house this is what I laid my eyes on-
I was pretty stoked to walk in and see all of that but that was only the tip of the iceburg. So me and a good friend of mine who also owned a Mazdaspeed 6 started our trip to the dealership to pick up my new car. We pulled into the lot and instantly noticed her sitting out all clean and pretty looking. 🙂
Got on the road to head back and I noticed a weird sound coming from under the hood, pulled over and noticed the clutch on the A/C compressor wasnt working, which in turn means no A/C. Doesnt sound too bad accept I was in Texas in the middle of the summer. It was about 110*, we got stuck in about 3 extra hours of traffic, on the highway, with black leather seats, in the heat, with no A/C. So to say the least it was really freeking hot. Once we got away from the traffic jam we got onto it pretty hard on the highway and we got pulled over, not once but twice. The first time we were doing about 130 or so and he clocked us at 95 in a 65. got out tickets and went on our way. Then we got pulled over for going to slow, amazing how that works right?
The next day the car and all of my parts got dropped off at the shop for install, BC Coilovers, Magnaflow cat back exhaust, CP-E intake and of course 3 mandatory upgrades for any Speed 6 owner.
Here is a pic from teh day I brought it back from the show after the work.
A few days later I got to install my CX Racing front mount intercooler, that didnt go as planned to say the least. There is a few spots that need trimmed down or removed in order for the pipes to fit and in the process of doing so we stabbed a hole into the radiator causing antifreeze to leak everywhere giving my car her name “Antifreeze” it seemed appropriate.
The next day we had it towed to the shop to fix the radiator.
After all of that was taken care of it was a very rapid process from there on out for me to where the car sits today. I was in the shop and on the phone with Shane almost every other day for the next few weeks. There was a weekly meet in town that had about 50 or so cars every week. We were usually the only Mazda pepes there but we made friends with two others who became good friends pretty fast due to our common passion. We traveled everywhere as a pack and always working on someones car, this is what it looked like every single day at the house.
We went out and did a few photo shoots with them and just shared the love for Mazdas, here are a few pics we did.
One thing lead to another and my friend with the other Speed 6 ended up trading his in for a 2011 Speed 3, so since he had aftermarket wheels on his Speed 6 that ment that the wheels off of the new car needed a home 🙂 Thats where i come in,
I instantly fell in love and most everyone else did as well.
My time in Texas was up and I had to begin a trip across the country, I made it to my first stop in St. Louis where for the first few days everything was fine, then the belt snapped causing the A/C compressor to sieze up. There go another few days because a new one is almsot 1000$ so finding a used one was tricky but we got it sorted out. The car then made it from there to Maryland with no issues So everything has held up just fine and no major issues with the car at all. All i need now is some new wheels to set everything off 🙂
I will leave you with a few of my favorite pictures so far.
ATP 3” Catless downpipe
Magnaflow 3” Catback exhaust
Dnp Turbo Manifold
Cobb Turbo Inlet Hose
CX Racing FMIC
TWM STG 2 Short Shift Kit
ACT Clutch and LW Flywheel
Autotech Fuel Pump Internals
Drilled and Slotted Rotors + Hawk HPS pads, front and back
SURE Motorsports Dreadnaught, Juggernaught, Torq R6
Built with heart and blood 🙂
COBB AP Custom Tune
Great Film from this years Epic Meet #5 (EECMM//2011) From Mr.Andrew Nuse aka: XCNuse
Heath Patterson, Founder of MazdaMovement.com daily driver, 2011 MazdaSpeed3 w/Technology package “Celestial Blue”. Fully sponsored by http://SUREmotorsports.com sitting on BC Racing Suspension coilovers. Also using TurboSmart dual port BOV and Extreme Turbo Systems 3.75″ tmic,StreetUnit boost-tubes and Llumar 5% tint all around.