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Abel Ibarra Interview
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Monday, December 27, 2004 - 12:08pm

In our continuing effort to bring our readers the best of the Rotary world, RN.Com has secured an interview with fellow Rotorhead and friend, Abel Ibarra. Abel has been at the forefront of the import race scene from its very inception and, more importantly, at the top of the Rotary game for much of this same time. Abel has generated both heroics and controversy from many in the Rotary world, and we are hoping that our interview will allow you all to get to know and understand this Rotary personality a little better.

UPDATE: Thanks to all those that put queries in, Able has Responded!

His career highlights are many and we will be asking and exploring his most important achievements through out his career, and finding out about the future. RN.Com also wants to share this opportunity with our readership and we’re taking questions. So if you’d like to ask Abel anything, please feel free to leave a question for him at this story, in the comments section, and we’ll be glad to ask Abel when we sit down and chat with him in a few weeks.


subject:
From: ROTATE (Ausrotary.Com)
author:
date:
January 28, 2005 - 3:00pm
Abel, when are you going to a 4 rotor?

Shane from NZ
www.lightningrotors.co.nz
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subject:
From: Jason O'Halloran (Ausrotary.Com)
author:
date:
January 27, 2005 - 7:05pm
Abel,
Jason O'Halloran - ANDRA SPort Compact Director
Ray Box - Jamboree Manager
Billy Fea - Disco dancing extrodinaire

all say GDAY and hope to see you out in Aust. real soon.

Questions;

1 - Did he enjoy his visit to Japan at the Autosalon?
2 - Did he actually get the chance to demonsrate the RX8's power in Japan to any Mazda elite?
3 - Could he reserve me another seat at that wicked mexican place he took us too recently in LA.


Cheers for that

Jason O'Halloran
ANDRA Sport Compact Director
_________________
Jason O'Halloran
ANDRA Sport Compact Director
[ ]

subject:
From: RotaUte (Ausrotary.Com)
author:
date:
January 19, 2005 - 6:36pm
Have you ever been told that you look like Ray Romano, from "Everyone Loves Raymond"?

RotaUte
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subject:
what are your goals for this
author:
date:
January 16, 2005 - 1:21am
what are your goals for this years nhra season?
what times do you expect to be running?
where do you think you'll head once you've reached the limits of you current car?
there were photos of you're brothers car on UrbanRacer.com from sevenstock 2 years ago. when is it likly to be hitting the track?
[ ]

subject:
Felicidades Flaco
author:
date:
January 6, 2005 - 2:34pm
Verdaderamente hay que felicitarte por tus grandes logros, has sido una persona muy persistente con la combinación rotativa, desarrollando unos conocimientos y una disciplina que pocos tienen y muchos envidian.

Rabule
www.pistonvsrotor.com
[ ]

 
subject:
(Translation)
author:
date:
January 12, 2005 - 9:26am
Truely, it is necessary to congratulate your great efforts, you have been a very persistent person with the rotary combination (set-up), developing knowledge, and a discipline that few have and many envy.
[ ]

subject:
From: hopkins (Ausrotary.com)
author:
date:
January 3, 2005 - 9:58pm
This may sound like a stupid question, but can you ask him if he has ever met Felix Trinidad?

Trindad is a national hero over there, a world champion boxer in three weight divisions that has just made his comeback to the ring. Perhaps Trinidad has been to to the drags and watched Abel and co, I have no ideas whether he is into cars, but I am sure Abel would know.

BTW, does Abel speak English? As I can re write any questions in Spanish.

Sorry didn't know you were Mexican! So...

1) Abel, do you like Boxing? (as it's very popular in Mexico)

If so,

2) who do you prefer Marco Antonio Barrera or Eric Morales (these two are the best current boxers from there).


Hopkins
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subject:
From: APE12A (Ausrotary.com)
author:
date:
January 3, 2005 - 2:49pm
Abel are you coming to australia to race at our biggest rotary meet jamboree in queensland in 2005..??

would love to see you and a few other American racers here!!


REGARDS APE12A
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subject:
Revs of Abel's 13B turbo engine
author:
date:
January 2, 2005 - 3:10pm
I am a die hard rotary fan and rotary engine builder from Stockholm Sweden who has follow your dragracing career since turbo Magazine had their first video for sale back in 1997 i think it was. As i mentioned in the subject how much did you rev that engine and how long did it last before upgrade and overhaul? Thanks in advance, and good luck to your rotary career!

/Lars Bergstrom
[ ]

subject:
Hi
author:
date:
December 31, 2004 - 10:19am
Is the 13B Dead?
All secrets aside. How much power has the 13b/20b made so far?
Your plans for the future?

Have you won any national champions in the NHRA? I thought for the longest time you were undefeated for a while. Everybody tells me im full of crap. Please give a link or something with some good facts on your racing career.
[ ]

subject:
With the increasing power out
author:
date:
December 31, 2004 - 1:21am
With the increasing power outputs of the V6-tt engines in the class, is there a push going on to get the 4-rotor made legal so the rotary guys can keep up.

Has Abel done anything with a 4-rotor engine at this stage

Is his racing budget increasing or decreasing for the 2005 racing year.

If the budget is increasing, will there be an Australian visit possible.

Many consider the 3-rotor becomes a grenade engine after 1300-hp, does Abel think this is also the case. If not, how high can the 3-rotor go without destruction within 7-10 seconds of making full power.

Has Abel considered further marketing of his RX-8 with appearences in movies of "Fast & Furious" type themes.

Is Mazda-USA actively using his RX-8 to promote the road going version, if so then how.

REgards
[ ]

subject:
From: spoolin_20B (Ausrotary.com)
author:
date:
December 31, 2004 - 12:06am
Where do you think rotary’s are headed in drag racing?

Do you think the rotary’s will break the 5 second barrier?

Do you think that it will be achieved with a 20B or is it more likely that this would have to be achieved with a 26B?

Are we reaching the limits of the 20B?

Are we more likely to see more 26B’s in racing now that drag racing is getting so much quicker and more competitive?

Over your career in drag racing what is the one or two moments that most stand out?

What do you think of Australia’s achievements with there rotary’s?

Cheers
Shane
[ ]

subject:
From: rotree (Ausrotary.com)
author:
date:
December 30, 2004 - 4:52pm
Must ask Abel what he likes doing more…. Racing a 6 sec car or racing his homing Pigeons???

rotree
[ ]

subject:
From: Mr. Al (Ausrotary.com)
author:
date:
December 30, 2004 - 4:48pm
Can someone ask if he's thought about heading overseas to race - like here (Australia)?

He could go up against his old rx7 or something

Mr. Al
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subject:
From Zoom44 (RX-8 Forum)
author:
date:
December 29, 2004 - 1:47pm
can you ask him if anyone has actually ever got there head sucked in that huge turbo on his rx8 car?! I'd swear that thing is big enough to suck in young children and other smaller sized mammals!
[ ]

subject:
cousin
author:
date:
December 28, 2004 - 11:01am
i would like for you to ask him if he does in fact have a cousin that lives in south central los angeles named Francisco (Franky) this guy keeps telling me that Able Ibarra is his cousin.
thanks
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subject:
Abel interview
author:
date:
December 27, 2004 - 4:56pm
Please ask Abel about his conversation with Amemiya at JGTC. I know that he wants to share things that he's learned about making power in 3-rotors with Amemiya-san. Please ask him to elaborate if possible!
[ ]

 
subject:
question for Abel
author:
date:
January 1, 2005 - 11:32pm
Are you planning on going to Puerto rico? also what do you think about the drag racing scene in Puerto Rico?
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