Diesel Power Challenge 2011 Competitor Interview: Fidel Velasquez
2002 Chevy Silverado 2500HD
Diesel Power: What changes are you making to the truck in order to prepare for the event?
Fidel Velasquez: “I am changing up my current compound setup’s wastegate and turbos—going up a bit to get a few extra horsepower!”
DP: What was your reaction when you got the call to compete?
FV: “I was speechless and had a smile like a kid in a candy store!”
DP: What tires do you plan to use?
FV: “Nitto dune grapplers!”
DP: What is your strategy going to be for each event? What’s the game plan?
FV: “To try and do my best in each event, and not push my truck until it blows up, but to push it to safe max efforts.”
DP: What spare parts are you bringing?
FV: “A water pump, U-joints, and just a bunch of random parts. And tools!”
DP: Who are your crewmembers?
FV: “My best friend, Frank, my cousin Orian, and my mechanic, Brian.”
Model: Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Body style: Extended cab, short bed, 4x4
Turbocharger(s): compound turbos—S366 and S483
Programmer, chip, or box: EFILive by Extreme Prejudice Racing
Injectors: 35 lpm
Injection pump: Dual stroker CP3s
Lift pump: FASS 260-gph
Air intake: S&B
Nitrous oxide: Dual stage, Nitrous Express
Water/methanol: Snow Performance MPG Max
Exhaust system: 4-inch Diamond Eye dual exhaust to 6inch MBRP tips
Estimated horsepower/torque: 1000 hp, 1500 lb-ft
”I’ve ran at several NHRDA events all over the West Coast!”
”I have never sled pulled in my life, but am looking forward to the experience.”
”I have dyno’d on numerous dynos, including the one where the event is taking place.”