It’s not hard to tell what class is about to run when you see James Meredith’s brightly colored 2003 Mustang Mach 1 pulls into the staging lanes. The 2016 Richmond Gear Factory Stock champion is only the second person to ever score an undefeated season and he went to the final round for a record eight straight times, over a two year span. However, when the gates crack open for the Nitto Tire Spring Break Shootout, presented by Steeda Autosports, March 1-4, 2018 at Bradenton Motorsports Park, his Mach 1 will be missing from the line-up.
Meredith will be switching over to what could be the most unique heads-up car to ever hit the NMRA series. For the past year, he has been consumed in building one badass Coyote-powered 1973 Mercury Capri—appropriately named “CoyoteCapri” by his daughter—to run in Steeda Autosport Limited Street. He tasked fellow Factory Stock racer Mike Bowen, of Power House Automotive, to handle the project of swapping a Coyote 5.0 into the rare Mercury and set it up for drag racing.
Powering this wild Capri is a GEN 1 naturally aspirated Coyote motor complete with upgraded cams, a Cobra Jet intake, Holley EFI system, Aero mufflers, a C4 transmission, and a beefed-up stock style suspension.
The Capri is up and running stoutly and has already made a dyno pull, but Meredith isn’t ready to release the numbers just yet. As soon as the car is finished up with Bowen in PA, Meredith plans to bring it back to Texas to get some test hits in before the Spring Break Shootout.