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Shawn Cavanagh 2010 Season Opener of the 10.50 Index

by Steve Wells

03/20/10 - Englishtown, NJ - After the floods receded from the weekend before, the sun rose from the horizon like the Phoenix. The Corvette Challenge warm-up was comfortably warm, with the sun shining brightly down on the 1320 of Raceway Park. The sun shown so intensely on the asphalt that the water boiled up through the tent holes in the pits, yet the temperature was only in the mid seventies. Beautiful racing weather, but record times were not to be had, as the Barometer was low hovering around 29.9's.

There are nearly 10 racers prepared to sign up for the Cartek Performance Engineering Pro 10.50 Index presented by J & M Motorsports points but merely three racers showed up to dial in there Corvettes, preparing for the 2010 racing season. This year the racing should be tight, with ten exciting points races scheduled, a first for any of the CC Index classes. The three racers in attendance were all capable of running the number with plenty to spare. First we had Steve Wells in his newly acquired Electron Blue 02 ZO6, sporting a naturally aspirated 427 built by 10.5 title sponsor Cartek Performance & Engineering. Second we had Shawn Cavanagh and his Spiral Grey 03 Coupe, powered by a stock short block force fed by a Paxton Novi centrifugal supercharger. His car being built by Corvette Challenge title sponsor East Coast Supercharging. The third and final contestant was Rob Zona in his black 03 ZO6 with the rear wheels being driven by a unique naturally aspirated 388 cubic inch LS engine. This car being built by Anger Management Racing, the title sponsor of the Pro 11.50.


In the first round of qualifying, Wells and Zona lined up. Wells ran under with a 10.37, while Zona only ran an 11.22. Zona was working in a new clutch, which was the reason the 9-second car was only going 11's. Ironically, Zona's only qualifying pass would stand as the number one qualifier! Cavanagh took a solo pass and also ran under with a 10.48.

In the second round of qualifying Zona decided to sit out. Wells was trying to slow down the car and did with a 10.41, but it wasn't enough. Cavanagh was supposed to be slowing it down too, but went the wrong way with a quicker 10.32. There would be only two rounds of eliminations.

Round 1

Cavanagh and Wells lined up for the first round. This was to be a good race as Cavanagh is a skilled racer and Wells was eager to make a name for himself as a rookie in the Corvette racing series. Well skill won out over desire as Cavanagh nailed the tree with an outstanding .005 light to Wells' .060 reaction time. As Wells attempted to run Cavanagh down he ran under with a 10.485. Cavanagh also took care of the other end of the track running right on with a 10.508, a thirteen thousandths package! Zona lucked out in qualifying and received the bye into the final despite not being able to perform up to par. On his solo run, Zona slowed to a 21.176.

2010 Race 1 Ladder

Round 2 - The Final

In the final round it was Cavanagh vs. Zona. Zona went red with a -.05 and ran 11.553. Cavanagh took the stripe and the win with a conservative 10.82. Cavanagh proved that he will be a force to be reckoned with this season. Shawn would like to thank his deceased father for the win. Zona will be spending a little more time dialing in his new combination. Wells will be working on all of the above. Edgar Perez and others will be showing up for the next race to add a little fuel to the fire!

Awards and Payouts Today

  • Winner Shawn Cavanagh earned a payout of $150 in addition to the winner trophy
  • Runner-up Rob Zona earned a payout of $100 in addition to the runner-up trophy
  • Number 1 Qualifier Rob Zona received a plaque for his 11.228 qualifying run
  • Shawn Cavanagh received the Best Reaction Time plaque for the best winning reaction time in the first round at .005

2010 Points Standings

The warm-up race is in the books and now the drivers that have entered the points chase will be doing just that next week and for the following 10 races. It is not too late to join the points chase so be sure and sign up at the track before the first round of eliminations at your next race.
Rank Name R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 Wins Rounds Avg Qual
1. Shawn Cavanagh 0 38 114 208 265 301 359 462 539 634 668 3 15 10.600 
2. Stephen Wells 0 97 155 193 251 348 381 437 475 513 616 3 12 10.636 
3. Tommy Michalkowski 0 56 151 226 260 314 367 422 515 548 602 2 13 10.889 
4. Edgar Perez 0 34 67 101 176 254 351 428 464 538 538 1 11 11.394 
5. Rob Zona 0 75 132 168 201 234 268 268 321 321 321 0 4 10.986 
6. Tom Sabolevsky 0 34 68 125 159 159 194 228 228 282 282 0 2 10.781 
7. Marc Scharago 0 0 34 34 34 68 68 68 103 113 113 0 0 10.920 
8. Michael Calicchia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  
9. Alan Eckert 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  

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Next Two Races

We race two weeks in a row so it is about to be hectic! The next race is March 27, 2010 followed by the April 3rd race. Both Saturday's as usual. Please keep an eye out on our home page, and the , the Drag Racing section of The Corvette Forum and your email for news, updates and polls.

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