Your left leg struggles to hold the clutch in, your right leg has the throttle smashed against the pedal stop, meanwhile your upper body is working just as hard with as your right hand is sweaty holding the gear selector in First, your left hand is white knuckling the steering wheel, and your brain is going over a mental check list as you stare at the Christmas tree patiently waiting for it to turn green in a split second. The light pops—clutch out, eye on the shift light so you can bang Second gear with the wheels in the air and you’re praying your crew guys lined up you straight, and then it is on to the Third, Fourth, and Fifth gear selections. Your small-block Ford screams to 10,000 rpm as you cross the finish line and your hand throws the parachute lever, left foot depresses the clutch, and your right foot drags the brakes to slow your steed down from a 170 mph jaunt. That is a typical run for G-Force Racing Transmission’s Leonard Long in his championship-winning Boninfante Friction NA 10.5 Mustang, but don’t take our word for it, check the video below for the in-car footage from his 2016 racing campaign.
Long did switch up his program midway through the 2017 season when he converted to a Bruno drive unit that replaced his clutch with a torque converter <HERE>, but he is staying true to rowing the gears of his G-Force Racing Transmission GF-2000 gear box. He claims that the torque converter is more manageable and will continue to rely on it in 2018 as he defends his NMCA title against the likes of Mike DeMayo, Dwight Ausmus, Dave Thisen, and many others.