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The Champ Savarese Gets First '07 Win and David Shen Captures Pro 10.0 Win
By Edgar Perez
October 21, 2006: Just two weeks since we last met for the East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge presented by Yank Racing Converters and Gear Star Transmission and we were back at it again. It was our 11th date on the schedule and our 10th points race (with Events 6 and 9 to be made up yet). We could not have asked for a better day. Clear and warm for late October but cool enough for drivers to eclipse previous personal bests. Ah the joy of racing in negative DA (Density Altitude)! 62 bracket racers made it to first round and 9 Pro 10.0 drivers attempted to qualify for the eight spots in the Cartek Racing Pro 10.0 Index race for a total of 71 Corvettes on premises.
For today's Cartek Racing Pro 10.0 Index coverage click here.
We went into the race having 8 different winners in our 8 races with "the rain" being one of them. It would be really amazing to finish the season going 11 for 11 with different drivers. Ralph Savarese did his part and became the 9th different winner of the season. Points battles are tight with two races remaining and not one title even close to being locked up.
Photos by John McCartney
Round one - Our previous event runner-up Gino "45 PSI Slick" Spina was back with even more pressure in the rear tires and faced Rich Shuleski in the 1996 Grand Sport. Spina cut a .119 reaction time bettering Shuleski's but, wouldn't you know it, the overloaded slicks hooked and Spina gave away the win light when he went 12.292 at 108.29 breaking out on the 12.30 dial in the '91 Corvette while Shuleski went 11.419 on the 11.32 dial. Our previous event winner, Ron Higgins, got his clutch replaced and was back with the '66 Corvette rowing the gears cutting a .027 light and getting an easy win when Jerry "The Boogieman" Muniz was spooked to find his nitrous did not activate and was well off his 11.00 dial. Ken Rammer drove his "OUCH" 1986 White Corvette too hard and cut a -.029 red light sending Joe Signore to the second round in his 2007 C6. Why "OUCH"? Well Ken got tired of breaking his rear so he took the car to Neverlift Racecraft (www.neverliftracecraft.com) for a solid rear and new Strange Engineering rear brakes and was out for the first time with the car in the 1st session's EFI race getting ready for the Corvette Challenge. In the first round he took a huge lead to the finish line and attempted "The Farley Slide" to close the gap but the new brakes worked so well he locked the rears and went for a real slide "kissing the wall" causing a fair amount of damage. Ken taped it up and used the tape to write "OUCH" on the hood. He was obviously not hurt and in good spirits about the damage.
Dave Tortolani, in the battle for first place, found himself with his car hurt after the second time trial today. In stepped Bill Fischer Sr. who offered to bow out of the race and give Dave his car for the night. Dave accepted the offer but only if Bill agreed to share the car rather than bow out so he did. Tortolani did well with the cammed car running 11.681 on 11.65 dial but unfortunately it was after he had lit the red light allowing Ralph Blauvelt to advance. Fischer then said thank you very much and proceed to run dead-on 11.587 on 11.58 dial eliminating Joe Donnelly who was happy with his day despite the loss as he got a few hundredths closer to reaching his goal of putting the '86 Corvette in the 12's. John Panuzzo was on the fence on attending this race as his wife underwent surgery to repair a broken leg in a freak accident at home. Panuzzo joked "I asked her if I can race two sessions on Saturday and she said no, so I broke her leg and said if you don't let me race I will break your other leg". We wish Mrs. Panuzzo a speedy recovery so she can kick him in "arse" for saying that. A very interesting first round match up can have huge implications on our Rookie of the year chase. Incoming leader Devon Bole was paired with Joe Latona who made a big advance at the previous event. Latona was in at 11.63 to Bole's 13.42. Bole took the tree advantage and Latona was not able to make up the gap as he was off his dial 11.818 while Devon was 13.480 on the 13.42 dial. This would slow Latona down in the chase but not out with two points races left.
How did our two to-be finalists fair round one? Savarese came out of the box swinging against Christopher Pasterello in the 2001 Corvette. Savarese was dialed 11.05 and ran 11.146 but it did not hurt him being off the dial as Pasterello went early red -.118. Shawn Cavanagh on the other hand had to win his at the stripe. Facing George Geipel who would be off first with a 13.48 dial, they would leave with reaction times just .002 apart...though both dead late on the tree. Cavanagh dialed 11.30 in the supercharged Corvette and got the stripe and dropped the anchor running 11.370 at 101.60 to take the win and advance to the next round.
Round two - With only 62 making first round we were down to 31 and on a ladder for this round. George Smith would hold the number one seed on the strength of a .005 reaction time in the first round. On the single he proved it was not luck as he launched his 1974 Corvette to the tune of .007 on his bye run and ran a 10.905 on 10.95 dial @ 120.58 MPH in the sweet running C3. Wouldn't you know it, father and son were paired this round? Bill (father) and Eric (son) were up against each other in a race that could end up being the topic at this year's Thanksgiving dinner. Bill was dialed in 11.50 to Eric's 11.80 in the near heads-up race. Eric was off first with .140 which was better then dad's reaction time and the contest was not close at all at the finish so dad was done for the day. In this round Shawn Cavanagh would again take a nice lead to the finish line when he treed Devon Bole with a .053 reaction time ending his day with an 11.455 on 11.24. Savarese was dead-on his dial in his match-up with Gene Paterno who lost the round despite a .019 reaction time. Savarese went 11.052 on 11.05 dial with a .058 reaction time as Paterno was off his 11.64 dial by .0596 which was too much.
Round three - Paul Bogdan was having himself a good day and was victorious in this round when Tony Buonassisi lit the red light, -.069 in the 2006 Corvette allowing Bogdan to get away with what appears to be a missed shift with a 15-second pass on 11.75 dial. Kimberly "Bedazzling" Rudolf must be dazzling as she got away with another sub par reaction time making Bob Sebrowski break out trying to catch her. In the double breakout race, Rudolf was 14.275 on 14.30 getting the win as Sebrowski broke out by more running 13.229 on 13.50 dial. Dan Swadis was up against Rob Farley and would be treated to "The Farley Slide" Fortunate for him, he was only .011 over his 13.47 dial and the slide was just a tad late as Farley broke out by just 5 thousandths running 13.685 on 13.69 dial at 86.83 MPH. Shawn Cavanagh took out the other lady in the field, Sheila Murchan. Sheila having another good day was unfortunate when the "She Devil" broke out running 14.999 on 15.02 dial. Shawn was at it again closing the gap running 11.251 on 11.20 dial at 108.84 MPH. Savarese would face "The Boss", John Panuzzo. As we would expect, this one would go right to the stripe. Savarese was better on the tree and better on the dial in the double breakout race. He was 11.035 on 11.04 dial to Panuzzo's 12.673 on 12.70 dial putting JP in the stands for the night.
Round four - At this point, we were assured of our 9th different winner for 2007 as none of the remaining drivers had an event win to their credit this year. George Smith's 10-second C3 would be a victim of an incorrect dial entered in the computer. He dialed 10.90 but it was read as 10.40 and he did not check the dial on the boards. Drivers, it is our responsibility to ensure the dial on the board is correct before we stage. The dial can be check on the small board where we do our burnouts and on the scoreboards at the finish line. He was out of the hole with a .025 light and ran what would have been a dead-on run of 10.904 on 10.40 dial. R
alph Blauvelt would be the beneficiary of the pass taking the win with a 13.845 on 13.80 dial. Dan Swadis was on his way to the semi-final when I pushed the tree for the first time tonight and came up red as my car with a -.006 then braking out with an 11.085 on 11.10 dial. Swadis' .045 light would have been tough to beat. Savarese wouldn't "be dazzled" this round as he was up against Rudolf in the '93 convertible. Savarese went .076 while Rudolf was well off her dial making herself no match for him tonight. Still a good day for the Rookie getting to the quarter final. Cavanagh would face Bogdan in this round. Bogdan was off first with 11.85 on the window to 11.19. Bogdan was off too early and put on Cavanagh's win light with a red light. Cavanagh coasted to the finish rather than making the full pass.
Round five - Three C4's and C5 left. Cavanagh was up first against Blauvelt. Blauvelt dialed 13.80 to Cavanagh's 11.19. Blauvelt was .122 off the line giving up an advantage to Cavanagh who was .094. Cavanagh reeled in Blauvelt and was off the throttle again tightening up the finish with a 11.106 @ 108.20 taking the win over Blauvelt's 13.873. Savarese would face Swadis in the other pair. Swadis in at 13.47 to Savarese's 11.02. Swadis would leave .134 on the tree and Savarese .055. With that much of an advantage on the tree, Savarese was able to capture the strip without pushing the car running 11.106 to Swadis' 13.521.
Round six - The Final - Till now, Cavanagh had not made a final. He was driving like a champ at the finish line never taking more stripe than he had to. We had yet to see the full potential of this low 11-second ride. He was up against one of the best at driving the finish line in Ralph Savarese who has been to 12 finals in his Corvette Challenge career and come up empty only 4 times. These guys were almost dead-even in ET. Cavanagh would dial it tight and put and 11.11 on the window and Savarese 11.01. Only a tenth apart at the start. Cavanagh out of the gate fist though he gave up the reaction time advantage to Savarese and they both came out together as Cavanagh was .168 to Savarese's .059. As Mackey would say "Who's it gonna be?" A double breakout race! Cavanagh gave it all the Spiral Grey Corvette had under the hood and ran 11.03 @ 125.85....very impressive but too quick on the dial. Savarese gave all his 400ci motor had and ran 11.001 @ 120.65 and had captured his 9th Corvette Challenge win in 13 finals by breaking out the least. A very close finish and very good day for both drivers in the final.
Corvette Challenge Points Update
Farley remains in the lead but is now trailed by Bob Sebrowski who moved into second with a 3-point performance today. Tortolani moves down to 3rd and he holds that only by tiebreaker points as Savarese now has the same number of points, 27 and each have an event win this year. Eric Fisher moves ahead of Ron Higgins to fifth place by scoring one more point then him today. Dan Swadis' 5-point day puts him in the top 10 at ninth. At this point, very few drivers are out of contention for the Top 16 Gamblers race to be held at the end of the season for $1,000 cash prize.
Corvette Challenge Standings
Corvette drivers page with more information
Rookie of the Year Update
Devon Bole's point lead here drops to three as Kimberly Rudolf racked up 4 points to his 2. Jim Kasmala and Joe Latona were hurt by first round exits (for Kasmala, his third in a row) and lost ground to both Bole and Rudolf and now find themselves with another driver to battle with, Shawn Cavanagh. All three find themselves with 15 points and are separated only by tie breaker points with Kasmala, then Latona then Cavanagh
Rookie of the Year Standings
Corvette Challenge Club Challenge Cup
With 10 participants today, Corvette Club of Delaware Valley continued dominance of the Club Challenge Cup. CCDV receives three bonus points thanks to the 3-point performances of Rob Farley. CCDV continues to lead three categories when you look at the club and individual leaders. Way to go team!
Club Challenge Cup Standings
Spectrum Equipment Service Gear Jammer Award Update
New for 2006: Spectrum Equipment Service "Gear Jammer of the Year" award, presented at year-end banquet to the racer with most points in his/her manual transmission Corvette. We will begin counting from Event 5 forward so all gear jammers have a square start.
Summary of driver Dial-In times
Awards Handed Out at this Event
- George Smith won the 'John Panuzzo Jr. Memorial' trophy presented by Team Panuzzo Racing for the best winning reaction time in the
1st round. George Smith was quickest on the tree in the 1st round when his RT was
- Ken Tyler won the 'Almost Perfect Award' with a loss
in the 1st round with the red light closest to .000 (Almost Perfect). Ken Tyler's light was
-0.001 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.
- Frank Fiori won the CCDV 'Closest to Dial Award' by running only .004 off his dial. Frank Fiori was awarded a trophy and free tech card for a future race from Corvette Club of Delaware Valley.
- George Geipel won the 'Ohh so Close Award' presented by Zaino when being edged out in the 1st
round by the smallest margin of victory of .0091. That number is the MOV number on your time
slip. Although suffering a loss in the 1st round by the smallest Margin of Victory, George Geipel 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 71 cars making this event, United Racing gave out quite a few trophies or 1st Round Trophy Upgrade Program credits.
Next Two Races
November 4, 2006 - This will be the makeup of our June 24th race. The Vette Doctors Pro 8 Shootout will return at this event as well. To race in the Pro 8 Shootout, you must sign up for Pro 8 points separately. Be sure and check out this hard racing action.
November 11, 2006 for our final points race, the makeup of Event 9. The Cartek Racing Pro 10.0 index class will makeup its fourth race also having no repeat winners. A heads-up class (separate signup required) in which cars cannot run under 10.0. Run whatcha brung but don't bring more than 10.0. We are hoping this will bring some really tight racing so don't miss this one either. See our schedule for racing on the top left of this page.
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