Plan One was to finish the Devil and test it before the May 1 race at Road America, but these street fighters missed the first two events. Plan Two was to get everything hooked up and tied down for the Motor State Challenge, June 19-20, at Gingerman Raceway in South Haven, Michigan. On Thursday the 17th, Stielow pulled the jack stands, put all four tires on the ground, and drove the Devil straight to Belle's Tire for wheel alignment. There was a coolant leak and also a throttle mismatch problem that put the motor in limp-home mode. He made it to Brian's shop where Dave Mikels diagnosed and operated successfully.
The night prior to the race it stormed. The threat of hail scattered the gathering. The Devil found himself chasing Lillard, who was driving through the deluge at 80 in Jack Ass. Mark was tied to Charlie. Much to his chagrin, he discovered that the Devil had no windshield wipers! They got to the hotel, put the cars in their boxes, and went to the bar for a couple of beers. When the storm played out, they hit the freeway to see how the car ran. They had finally amassed the 200 break-in miles for the differential. "We tore up and down the highway a few times and thought it was good. It was better than good." The next morning, Mark qualified number one and won the road course portion of the MS Challenge. "Of all the car stuff I've done in my life, this is one of my best achievements," says Mark. "To take a basically brand-new build to the track and do well without having to do anything more than tighten one bolt made me very happy."
What would Stielow do differently were he to build Red Devil (or most likely his next project) again? His little professor self says, "I would make a few of the parts a little lighter. Like the exhaust, which was built out of stainless steel I had lying around. It's 0.065-wall. I wish I would have purchased the 0.049 wall tubing to save 10 pounds." Yeah, you gotta love this guy.