Terry Rossi, piloting the car that actually got him to the track and back home, finished in fourth place during the Honda Challenge 4 championship race in his black No. 01 Acura Integra.

Terry Rossi didn’t want to miss the NASA Western States Championships. He was committed to making the event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca just so he could get the chance to compete in his Honda Challenge 4 Acura Integra. The problem was Rossi didn’t have a trailer to tow the car from his home in Los Angeles all the way up to the Monterey coastline. No trailer? No problem. Rossi’s No. 01 black Acura Integra is actually street legal — smog tested, and with all the safety amenities — and it sports a cool personalized California license plate: NASA H4. So, he tossed his kids into the still-existing passenger seats and drove north for about 7 hours.

Rossi is an expert in switching his car back and forth from street cruiser to track racer with just a few pieces moved in and out, most notably his heavy seats.
Rossi is an expert in switching his car back and forth from street cruiser to track racer with just a few pieces moved in and out, most notably his heavy seats.

Once Rossi arrived at the track, he spent some time removing all of the seats and interior panels to make the car lighter. Rossi’s paddock space was easy to find because it was the only one with an entire Acura Integra interior stacked up in a small pile. The long trip and hard work was worth it because Rossi finished fourth in the Honda Challenge 4 class during the Championship race on Sunday.

At the end of the long weekend, Rossi was back to work, bolting his heavy seats back into his Integra for the drive home. There is no question, Rossi enjoys the Honda Challenge class, and obviously he enjoys the challenge of re-installing a rear passenger seat amidst a tight fitting roll cage.

Terry Rossi wraps up his big Championship weekend by putting his car back together before a long ride back to Los Angeles.
Terry Rossi wraps up his big Championship weekend by putting his car back together before a long ride back to Los Angeles.
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