In less than 24 hours, a man’s world can go from normal every day life to an extraordinary purchase that can change his life forever. On February 1, 2018, Daniel Pharris from Sikeston, Missouri made an astronomical purchase taking his racing program from a top-tier program to nearly one of the top assortments of racing machinery in the country.
Pharris was tabbed the driver of the Andrew Alepa Racing owned ’14 Corvette that won the 2017 edition of the Outlaw Street Car Reunion back in the fall of 2015. They have since won numerous events, set record after record and become one of the strongest forces in RVW to date, even after Pharris campaigned his own car in the category, a twin turbocharged ’95 Mustang previously owned by John Kolivas. Since Pharris and Alepa have teamed up, Daniel has since built a PDRA Pro Boost legal 2017 Ford Mustang GT350 Pro Modified car along with another single turbocharged ’95 Mustang that is destined NMCA/NMRA Street Outlaw competition in 2018 with the help of KBX Performance. But, something was missing.
Two years ago, the EKanoo Racing factory embarked on a one of a kind build with a 2015 Lexus RC-F car for their Super Street V8 category in the Bahrain Drag Racing Championships (BDRC). The car was completely constructed in Bahrain with the EKanoo Army of men that built this masterpiece from top to bottom with the help of many tuners and designers stateside. Pro Line Racing stuck one of their massive 481X engines between the stock Lexus frame rails with a twin set of class legal turbochargers peeking through the stock Lexus grille. M&M Transmission backed the near 4,000 horsepower powerplant with one of their transmissions to transfer the power to the wheels in the most efficient way possible. EKanoo Racing also worked with MoTec on a complete car system to control all of the power and functions, including headlights and other street car appearance factors. The car debuted and was an immediate internet sensation and dominant force on the 1/8th mile with plenty of big names involved including Shane Tecklenburg, Josh Ledford, Jamie Miller and car chief Tim Davis. In the two seasons of campaigning for EKanoo Racing, the “Little Lexus” became the quickest and fastest Super Street car in the Middle East with a 3.95 second shot at 203 miles per hour, also becoming the first small tire car in the Middle East to break the 3-second barrier. Along with that, this machine took every #1 qualifier position in each race that it entered and ran the table every time, never losing a race in BDRC competition in two years in a row, including both BDRC season championships.
With the EKanoo Racing footprint already established in this car, Daniel Pharris of Pharris Motorsports has jumped head first into a winning car that with little changes will be legal for multiple categories in the United States drag radial scene. In talks with Pharris, he mentioned his excitement for the car and future plans, “I am extremely excited to own another historic piece of motorsports history with the EKanoo Racing RC-F. What they accomplished with this car is perfection, literally, and it’s going to be very hard to follow in their footsteps. I plan to do just that, campaigning the car just as they did. We are a huge family in this deal and I plan to keep Khalid Mohammed’s (EKanoo Racing driver) name on the passenger side window, just as if they were campaigning the car here in the states. Our plans are to get the car stateside, make the necessary changes for fitment and to fit the given rulebook that we plan to compete in and debut the car at Beech Bend Raceway Park if all goes well for the fifth running of the Holley EFI Outlaw Street Car Reunion.”
As if you needed any more of a reason to make your plans for the Holley EFI Outlaw Street Car Reunion V on April 18-22nd at our new host location of Bowling Green, Kentucky, this might just be it! Pharris and team will be a handful in whichever category they plan to enter this car in and with it’s rich winning history, it might be one to watch in the late rounds of eliminations on Sunday. For more information on the event, be sure to check out www.RaceOSCR.com and be sure to like Pharris Motorsports on Facebook to keep up with the team’s news and performances through 2018.