Unarguably, the Bergenholtz Brothers Racing CRX is one of the most symbolic and iconic sport compact racecars that ever existed. In 1996, Ed and Ron Bergenholtz took over where their friend Robert “SAP” Sapinoso, left off before he passed away. They bought SAP’s 1989 Honda CRX and formally created Bergenholtz Racing. The main goal of the brothers was to create the world’s quickest and fastest front wheel drive ¼ mile drag car. At the same time be the first production based/uni-body FWD car into the holy land of single digit ¼ mile ET’s and prove that no barriers exist for front-wheel-drive drag cars. In May of 1999, in fierce international competition with US and Japanese competitors, and armed with the innovative use of “wheelie bars” to increase FWD traction, the brothers accomplished their goals running the CRX to an astonishing 9.76 @ 147.1 MPH in the Palmdale, CA desert. This first implementation of “wheelie bars” as traction bars for front-wheel-drive drag racing would forever revolutionize drag racing and help fuel new excitement in the Sport Compact Drag Racing movement. Time since then has proven that the use of “wheelie bars” is still the single most effective chassis modification for serious front-wheel-drive drag cars around the world. After retiring the CRX, Ron and Ed Bergenholtz partnered with Mazda to create NHRA’s quickest and fastest FWD import (Mazda 6 - 7.25@198mph) and achieve the first and only back-to-back NHRA Pro-FWD World Championships in 2005 and 2006.

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