Diesel Power Challenge 2011 Competitor Interview: Dmitri Millard (*returning champion*)
2001 Chevy Silverado 2500HD
Diesel Power: What changes are you making to the truck for this year’s event?
Dmitri Millard: “Almost everything. The long block is from SoCal Diesel and is internally balanced and built by Guy Tripp. It has Carrillo Rods and forged Mahle pistons. We also added Stage 2 heads, different injectors, a different compressor wheel, and added a wastegate. We took out the Allison 1000 in favor of the Sun Coast 48RE DuraFlite with PCS stand-alone controller and D200 data logger (also from PCS).”
DP: How does it feel to be the “returning champ” and having to defend your title?
DM: “Feels great. First off I want to give a big thanks to Diesel Power and its staff for putting on this one of a kind event.”
DP: How are you dealing with the pressure? Is it more intense than last year?
DM: “The pressure tastes like chicken. This will be my third year experiencing the Diesel Power event—both competing and being on a pit crew. The pre-game jitters are gone now.”
DP: What tires do you plan to use? Same as last year?
DM: “We haven’t made a decision on this yet. Tires are key to a good strategy. Last year we made a last minute decision and this year will probably be the same.”
DP: What is your strategy going to be for each event? What’s the game plan?
DM: “We are going to go for broke on every event. I’m not holding anything back, but our strongest events will be on the rollers and asphalt.”
DP: What spare parts are you bringing?
DM: “We’ll have extra transmissions: one Dodge and one Allison (just in case we can’t get the DuraFlite dialed in in time), extra driveline parts, a transfer case, wiring, and relays.”
DP: Who are your crewmembers this time?
DM: “Matt Handwork, Chris and Tim from last year.”
DP: Any other thoughts?
DM: “Just wanted to say thanks again to Diesel Power and looking forward to Diesel Power Challenge 2011. I still have lots of work to do in order to be ready for the event. I’d like to give a special thanks to James Brendle and company at Custom Auto, Dallas and company from Sun Coast, special thanks to Dan and company at PPE, and of course Guy Tripp at SoCal Diesel. I’d like to thank everyone who helped—even those who are not mentioned…you know who you are. Plus…who really makes it all happen: the Diesel Power readers. Thank you!”
Turbocharger(s): Garrett GT55 ball bearing and GT45 ball bearing compounds, added billet wheel, another wastegate for Denver’s altitude: PPE liquid cooled 50mm.
Programmer, chip, or box: EFILive with help of Steve Schmidt
Injectors: Industrial Injection 40 liter, Industrial Injection 120 percent CP3 on top and stock CP3 in original location
Lift pump: 2 x 260-gph FASS pumps, heavy duty
Suspension: Caltracs traction bars
Nitrous oxide: NOS launcher system, touch screen
Estimated horsepower/torque: 1,700+ hp and 2,400+ lb-ft
Returning Diesel Power Challenge champion
Made 1,456 hp and 2,400 lb-ft during ATS’s Truck Fest 2010
Has ran countless 10-second quarter-mile passes
Made 1,585 hp at the Lexani Lifestyle Festival, 2010
Made 1,709 hp at Industrial Injection’s Dyno Day, 2010