2002 SLP Customer Appreciation Day 2002
Third Annual SLP Day at Raceway Park
Saturday April 20, 2002 was SLP Customer Appreciation Day at Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ. In
appreciation of their customers, SLP, in Lakewood, NJ puts on a Show & Go event. This
is the third annual event. This is also the first year that the event was held for a full
day. The previous two years it was a half day session but the event has been received so
well by SLP customers that a whole day is needed to ensure completion of all the
activities. Activities include a judged car show, SLP Performance Parts cars, the
opportunity to speak with SLP representatives, a vintage racing Camaro USA-1, a burnout
contest and of course Drag Racing.
SLP Performance parts pays the entry fees for all Racers, Show'rs and spectators who
attend the activities. SLP hands out a goodie bag to all participants who pre-registered
on the SLP web site at www.slponline.com before the event. In addition, they also have giveaways
that this year included gift certificates of $600, $300 and $150 in addition to two sets
of wheels and tires and 1 set of chrome 10 spoke wheels. SLP makes performance parts for
Corvette, Camaro, Firebird, Impala, Grand Prix and other GM brands.
Corvette Challenge Racers Win!!!
The Drag Racing portion of the day is broken into classes by car model. There is one
Corvette Class and a Slick Class that also contained Corvettes. The majority of the
participating Corvettes are regular Corvette Challenge Racers. The Corvette class started
over 20 Corvettes. When it came down to the semi-finals the familiar faces included Pat
Miller, Eric Fischer, Bob Trieschmann and Challenge Rookie Rob Farly (Rob is NO bracket
racing rookie!). Miller and Fischer won their semi final rounds to face each other in the
finals. Pat in his second career final took the win over Eric in his first Corvette final
when Eric left a little early and went red with a .388 light. It would have been a great
race as the cars were dialed in at 12.74 and 12.78 respectively. The slick class started
Challenge drivers Edgar Perez, Bob Sebrowski, John Panuzzo and John Mackey. In the end it
was Mackey and Panuzzo squaring off for the second time in a final together (Mackey took
the first time winning the coveted Corvette clock that Panuzzo still is upset about). A
prediction of a Torch Red C4 with big 15" rear tires and skinnies and a driver named John
would not have been enough. However, the cars can be told apart by the roof of their cars
and the full second difference in the dial (Mackey is quicker). Both drivers raced hard to
the finish but it was John Mackey who prevailed. Congratulations to class winners Pat
Miller and John Mackey.
King of the Track
SLP invited the winner and runner-up of each of the 5 classes to participate against each
other in the "King of Track" Eliminator. This meant the 4 Challenge drivers would get
another opportunity to rise to the top. And rise to the top they did! Miller and Fischer
drew each other in the first round with same result except this time Fischer loses to
Miller by breaking out. Mackey lost in the second round with a tough red light at .487. It
was all in Panuzzo's hands. Panuzzo did not disappoint. Our own John Panuzzo came into the
final, would you believe it, as the underdog. The track announcers played up the other
finalist, Lawrence King, Jr., as the guy to beat. Panuzzo took King to the school and beat
him with a tight package. At the end of the night, Panuzzo was asked if he was concerned
having to face King and his reply was "I was just trying to find the shift lever."
Congratulations to all the participants and a special thank you to Ed Hamburger, Kevin
Woodruff and SLP for putting together a great day. We look forward to doing it again in
2003. For more information on SLP Customer Appreciation Day go to www.slponline.com Customer Appreciation Day
is a nationwide event. See the schedule here.
SLP has been a supporter and sponsor of the Corvette Challenge since 2001. We are looking
forward to a lasting relationship with SLP.
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