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Joe Signore Captures his First Challenge win in Event #5

Englishtown, NJ, 07/10/04 - The halfway-point for the East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge points season was completed today under bright sunny skies and amidst a 50th birthday party for Bob Trieschmann. Sixty-three Corvettes made first round today with 10 of them doung double-duty running in the GM EFI race as well. Today was Senor Signore's day to climb to the Top 4 in points and earn an invitation to the Wednesday show while taking his first win and also agreeing to sell his convertible hardtop. Big day for Joe!!

Runner-up John Mackey Edgar Perez, Winner Joe Signore, Runner-up John Mackey and  Bob Trieschmann Winner Joe Signore
Runner-up John Mackey Edgar Perez, Winner Joe Signore, Runner-up John Mackey and Bob Trieschmann (birthday boy) Winner Joe Signore

We were only short one car of making it a seven round race as turnout was a little lower than our last race, likely due to not having a Vette Doctors Pro 8 race this time (they return September 4), and likely a few summer vacationers (we forgive you). We shared the day at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park with the GM EFI race of which many Corvette Challenge participants raced, and the Impala racing series.

Event 5 Ladder
The first pair of the day set the stage with a huge upset victory by, rarely seen in brackets and our title sponsor, Chris Coriell taking out our latest winner, Vic Gandhi. Gandhi went red, -.020, after having a super race in Event #4. The round win was Coriell's first of the season and he was joined by Bill Fischer, Neil Fine, Tony Buonassisi, Frank Schear and Rich Shuleski with their first round wins of 2004. Fischer's win came at the cost of his son Eric in a classic father-son battle. Eric gave up a huge starting line advantage breaking out by .02. Another notable first-round race was John Hadyniak, looking to hold onto his Top 4 position, facing Ellis Gray, looking to make a move towards the front of the Top 10 (came in 10th). Hadyniak left the tree with only a .01 starting line advantage but Gray made it up running closer to his dial (.012) than Hadyniak (.048). It was a very tough race to take as it cost Hadyniak a Top 4 show appearance (will be the 1st alternate). Bill Driber earned a bye thanks to his .002 light in the time trials.

With half the Vettes relegated to the "losers section", that all but one eventually end up in, Joe Signore and John Mackey continued their way the finals. Signore got away with one race today that only proves once again that you really have to have a little luck on your side to win at this game. Joe must have been looking at the stands when his tree came down because he cut one that was so bad, it made him wish we were running the .500 tree still. His opponent, Mike Da Cruz, plastered him but then proceeded to take the stripe by almost a full second as his newly finished, East Coast Supercharging coupe woke up and ran 11.536, hard on the brakes at 103.63 MPH but it was too late and he broke out. Signore would be sure to take advantage of the "gift". Signore took down Don Peppler in the third with a stellar .024 light. In the fourth his .087 light and 12.933 on 12.90 dial help him take down Tony Abbruzze. In the fifth and semi-final round, Signore stepped it up against points leader Rob Farley. Hello Farley, here is a .016, whatcha got? Farley cut a decent .098 but it was not enough as Signore tightened it to take the stripe by .028.

Mackey and Mojo separate by .0076 at the finish Let's see what Mackey had to endure to meet Signore in the final. First round was not very close as Mackey treed his opponent .073 to .212 and you just cannot give him that much of an advantage. Round two, Mackey was the benefactor of, what I like to call, an over-estimator. His opponent left way early cutting a -.256 giving Mack a free time trial. Round three, Mackey won in typical Mackey fashion; thoushandths! Mackey faced Schear, who has been coming around lately. Schear took the tree at .019 to Mack's .113. In a classic, never give up the win stripe, Schear hit the brakes as did Mackey. Mackey crossed the stripe a tiny .0076 ahead of Schear (pictured). Round four was Mackey and Gray. The slower car, Gray, left first and just barely missed a perfect light, lighting the red by only -.003 giving Mackey another time run. Round five Mackey cut the tree down against Bill Fischer taking the birth into the final against Signore.

Signore takes the win at the top end The stage for the final was set to be a great one featuring the veteran on the comeback trial in a battle for the points lead against last year's rookie of the year, suffering from NO sophomore jinx. Signore would leave first in his red convertible with black hardtop (which he just agreed to sell to a fellow challenge racer) dialed at 12.90. Mackey would follow, already behind because Signore cut a .069 on his .163 an dialed 12.21. Signore managed to hold he lead the entire race thanks to his light and running closer on the dial with a 12.922 to Mackey's more off the dial, 12.257. There you have it, the student prevails and Signore get's his first personal challenge win and is the fifth different winner in as many races in this year exciting Corvette Challenge.

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Summary of driver Dial-In times

Time 11 12 13 14 15 Total
# 8 21 27 6 1 63
% 12.70% 33.33% 42.86% 9.52% 1.59% 100%

Clubs and Rookies

By virtue of his win today, Joe Signore, CCDV member, gave the club a huge boost. His seven points helped CCDV move even further ahead against CCA1. CCDV now leads the club race by 35 points at the half-way point of the season. See club performance at the Club Challenge Standings.

Lynwood King took over sole possession of first place in the rookie of the year battle. Lynwood took the win in the first round but did not get out of second but the two points was enough to pull ahead of now second place George Geipel who did not make it out of first. Rick White was our top performing rookie today going to the fourth round before fuel issues slowed his bright orange C4 down and he could not make the round. The big day moved White into a tie for third place. See rookies denoted with (r) in the standings.

Other Awards Handed Out at this Event

  • Event winner Joe Signore went home with $250 cash, a $100 gift certificate from Pro Torque and winner trophy.
  • Runner-up John Mackey went home with $125 cash, a $50 gift certificate from Pro Torque and runner-up trophy.
  • Semi-finalists included Rob Farley and Bill Fischer who won $60 cash.
  • Ioannis Hadjiioannou won the 'John Panuzzo Jr. Memorial' trophy and for this race only, $100 cash presented by Team Panuzzo Racing for the best winning reaction time in the 1st round. Ioannis Hadjiioannou was quickest on the tree in the 1st round when his RT was .014. This race commemorated the anniversary of John Jr. birth so Team Panuzzo sweetened up the pot a little and Ioannis Hadjiioannou was very appreciative in receiving the cash.
  • Ralph Blauvelt won the 'Almost Perfect Award' with a loss in the 1st round with the red light closest to .000 (Almost Perfect). Ralph Blauvelt's light was -0.011 and was rewarded a trophy from Old Bridge Township Raceway Park recognizing the effort put forth to try and capture a perfect light but just slightly red.
  • Dave Tortolani won the 'Closest to Dial Award' by running only .004 off his dial. He was awarded a trophy from Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.
  • Ohh so Close Award of Zaino productsEdgar Perez won the 'Ohh so Close Award' presented by Zaino when she was edged out in the 1st round by the smallest margin of victory of .0065. That number is the MOV number on your time slip. Although she lost in the 1st round by the smallest Margin of Victory, Edgar Perez earned a Zaino starter package that includes Z1, Z2, Z6, Z7 and a polish pad.
  • All winners of the first round were awarded a trophy sponsored by United Racing. With 65 cars making this event, United Racing gave out quite a few trophies or 1st Round Trophy Upgrade Program credits.

Next race

We race again on August 7th at 3 PM. Remember that is the day of the East Coast Corvette Show & Go and you can make it a double header for your Corvette. Visit to view the schedule.

East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge helps Toys for Teens & Tots

The 50/50 raffle was held at the track and the racers and spectators hopeful of winning the money while helping out a worthy organization put together $250. Half of the collection, $125, was donated to the St. Peters church in Jersey City to Sister Grace for the Toys for Teens & Tots fund from the East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge. The 50/50 is held at each of the ECS Corvette Challenges. The other half went to Edgar Perez. To date we have donated $131, $258, $186, $146 and $125 for a total of $846 to the organization for 2004. Thank you for your continued support.

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