If you know anything about racing in the Honda world, then you’ve also heard these two words: Cortney Green. Mr. Green has been building Honda’s since 1998. Not one, but two of his Civics have reached the 9 second club. He took a minute from wrenching and tuning cars to tell us a bit about himself.
Best E.T. and MPH?
9.09 @ 164mph in outlaw trim (current car)
9.36 @159mph sfwd trim (old car)
What is your Name?
Where are you located?
Taylorsville, Utah. T-ville represent!!
What do you do for a living?
Automotive technician. Tuner, turbo fabrication, engine assembly and wiring.
How did you get started in drag racing?
I have always been a huge drag racing fan. From a street car door slammer to a top fuel dragster I simply love it. Well back in 1998 owned a sporty little 95 Civic SI of all things and decided to start messing with it, the first thing I bought was supercharger and all hell broke loose from that point on. I went from street racing to local bracket racing to national heads up competition.
You’re known for having a “special touch” with Honda’s (making them damn fast!). How did that start?
First off, Thank you very much, I am flattered. I don’t think its a special touch. I have always just been really meticulous and got good at doing everything the right way. Some people get good at doing stuff wrong and fail miserably. Everything I have learned all came from my personal experiences with my own car along with working with Mark Bremer at Phantom Motorsports and 3 years with the guys at Modern Garage/Cobb tuning. I also have huge interest in fluid dynamics and physics which is pretty important in motorsports. Back in 2004 I made the decision to start tuning and building cars on my own to better support my family and future. Looking back its crazy how a hobby can turn into a lively-hood. During that time I have met some of the greatest people and new friends all over the country. I am very grateful.
What are your goals for your Civic and how close are you to achieving them?
My current civic is in a class called Outlaw Street FWD. Current goals are to get in the 8.70’s consistently without breaking parts and take as many win lights as possible. Its all about going rounds.
Got a favorite experience to share from a trip to the drag strip?
There are so many for me personally. Winning the NHRA SFWD championship and driver of the year in 2007 is up there for sure. That was a crazy year traveling everywhere from SoCal to Vegas, Indy to E-town. We won 10 of 12 races that year and had so much fun. Kyle Herrera winning his 1st Wally in Pomona means a lot to me, that was awesome.
How many races do you attend a year?
If I had time I would hit every race in the country but with the cost of travelling its just not possible. This year we will try for about 6-10 races.
Blood, sweat, tears, money – What keeps you going back to the drag strip?
Progression, friends and win lights. I love drag racing.
What’s a tip or trick you’ve learned through all this you think might help another racer?
Racing is all about going faster and faster and pushing everything to its mechanical limits without breaking. I call it “organized chaos”. Its very important to take the time to assemble the car correctly and double check everything. Human error in assembly, tuning and driving is completely unacceptable. Surround yourself with optimistic people that love drag racing and know what they are doing. Live by these standards and you will see some good results.
Who has helped you the most along the way with the car?
I have so many great sponsors, family and friends that have been there for me. Chan and Kyle Herrera are on the top of the list, I am very grateful to have them in my life and have helped me so much, I would do anything for them. Cody Anderson, Dave and Jaren Mott, Danny Krieger, Buck Lemoine, Cody Phillips, Justin Carson, Steve Conley, Ryan Dartnell, Jerom and Sandy Schmidt, Joe Housley, Franky, Jasen Penman and Mark Bremer have helped a lot over the last 10 years. Much Love, thanks guys.
Sponsors: CG Racing, Turbos Direct, Drive Shaft Shop, Exedy racing clutches, Full-Race, Hondata, Exospeed, Revvwear.com, Pro-machine, Supertech valves, Arias Pistons, Lightning Motorsports, FCSfab.com
Is there a particular shop you’d like to recommend?
Obviously CG Racing haha!! Locally there are a lot of hacks but Element Racing, Supremacy and Add it to ur toy are shops I trust.
Nationally: NRG tech, T1 race development, Charm city, Evans tuning, Tempest racing and TD autoworks are all top notch.
How can people find you online? Forums, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, etc.?
Honda-tech username uglyasscivic
I am on facebook also.
1995 Honda Civic
CG Racing 2.0 liter O-ringed race block
Golden Eagle sleeved B18C
Custom Arias Pistons
Carrillo Pro H rods
Clevite coated H bearings
CG Racing CNC ported cylinder head
Supertech valves, springs and Ti retainers
Skunk Pro 1 camshafts
JUN adjustable cam gears
Virtual Works intake manifold
80mm accufab mustang throttle body
FCSfab fuel cell
2 bosch 044 fuel pumps
Bosch 2200cc injectors
Golden Eagle fuel rail
Weldon Fuel pressure regulator
Full-Race twin scroll manifold
Garrett GTX4202R 72mm Billet turbocharger
Tial 38mm MV-S wastegates
Full-Race 1000hp air/air intercooler
CG Racing IC piping and 4 inch downpipe
Liberty Billet housing
Liberty Dogbox Gearset
Drive Shaft Shop Pro-Level axles
MSD 7531 ignition
Hondata PWM boost contoller