CALEXICO — "Big Daddy" Don Garlits wannabes drag racing down Rainbow Avenue have been waking up Calexico's Rainbow Park subdivision residents with tires squealing, motors revving and clutches grinding.
The residents told City Councilman Frank Montoya and the Calexico Police Department they want the racing stopped.
Last week Calexico police stepped up efforts to stop the races before they start and have increased patrols in the Rainbow Park area.
That area includes the popular illegal drag racing strip on Kloke Road near William Moreno Junior High School.
At Tuesday's City Council meeting, Montoya said he received a number of calls from residents of Rainbow Park in the northwest part of Calexico upset that drag racers are using the mile-long and curved Rainbow Avenue as a back stretch.
Residents said racers speed down the street and turn sharply onto Desert View or Horizon streets to circle back to the starting point.