Hoosier native Carey Bales has been pushing the envelope in various Honda-powered machines over his racing career, but his new car could be the most extreme yet. Bales’ well-known and record-setting S2000 has now been replaced with tube chassis-based Honda Accord that’s already in the six-second zone, and has a whole bunch more on tap. And it’s done it with only 122 cubic inches.
The decision to move away from the S2000 wasn’t easy for Bales, but it had to be done for him to achieve his racing goals. “We really had reached the end of the old car’s potential with how quick it could go. That was a production-built street car that we turned into a racecar with a back-half job. This new car is a purpose built race car with a better setup for us to go fast. We have more tuning options with the suspension and even more tire to use,” Bales explains.
Under the sleek Accord body is the last Pro Stock chassis that was ever produced by Don Ness Racecraft. The Honda is so meticulously built that it even won the Best Engineered Car award at the NHRA national event held at Route 66 Raceway in July.
With that solid foundation, Bales added a stock-block F20C InlinePRO built Honda powerplant that only measures 2.0 liters. Inside the motor are some top secret rotating parts that can stand up to his high-RPM clutch dumps from the G-force transmission. Monitoring and controlling the small displacement rocket is a full AEM Infinity system. In full NHRA Competition Eliminator DD/AT trim, the Honda ripped off an impressive 6.948 elapsed time at 197 mph with just a 76mm turbo providing boost last weekend at the NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl in Chicago while making test hits in Top Sportsman.
With just 10 passes on the car, Bales is now the third quickest rear-wheel drive Honda in the world. He plans to keep racing the car in Competition Eliminator trim this year, and will enter the car in Radial vs Modified at the Import vs Domestic World Cup Finals in November, as well.