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2002 Schedule/Results
04/06/02 - Edgar Perez
05/25/02 - Bill Wilson
06/29/02 - Mike Carr
07/13/02 - Edgar Perez
07/27/02 - Rob Farley
08/17/02 - Bob Sebrowksi *
08/31/02 - Ralph Savarese
09/21/02 - Aaron Askenback
10/26/02 - Ellis Gray
11/02/02 - Ralph Savarese*
11/09/02 - Tom Dulski*
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* non-points race
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09/21/02 - Brian Miller
11/02/02 - Keith Brownlee
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1 Ralph Savarese 38 *
2 Edgar Perez 37 **
3 Rob Farley (r) 32 *
4 Aaron Askenback 28 *
5 Bill Wilson (r) 24 *
6 John Panuzzo 24
7 Bill Maloney 23
7 Vic Gandhi 23  
9 Jim Kovitch 22
10 Jack Schwarzwalder (r) 20
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Cartek Free Dyno Tune Prize Recipients

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Cartek gives out first free dyno tune prize June 7, 2002

The day is here

Julio Hormilla checks the numbers on the Auto-Tap 6/7/02 - Cartek Racing, primary sponsor of the Cartek Corvette Challenge Drag Racing Series at Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ, performed their first Dyno tuning session for a Corvette Challenge winner for 2002. It was Friday June 7th when Edgar Perez, the winner of 2002 Cartek Corvette Challenge Event 1 held April 6, 2002, came in to receive his free dyno tuning session prize. For 2002 Cartek will give a free dyno tuning session to the winner of any of the 1st 8 events (provided they have an LT1 or LS1 based motor). Perez owns a 1999 Torch Red Corvette Coupe Automatic transmission C5 that sees plenty of track duty. Perez's Corvette has made the 1/4 mile jaunt 270 times in the past 13 months. That is about 21 runs per month for this C5 with 45,000 miles.

Time for lunch

Edgar Perez's car is strapped and ready toThe appointment was at 1 pm this fine day of June 7. Unfortunately, Julio Hormilla, co-owner of Cartek in Garwood, NJ and chief dyno tuner, was not in yet. Julio had worked the night before till 6 am today working on his customer's aluminum heads and blocks. There was one other car at the shop from the Boston area that had recently gotten the Cartek "X" Package installed and was in for final tuning before he went to New England Dragway the following Saturday to "kick some butt" said the owner. While we waited for Julio to arrive, Perez and technicians Roy and Ray along with two other customers went down the block to grab some lunch. Lunch was a challenge in itself as we each ordered a "Roy Burger". It is the biggest sandwich that can be made and is not even on the menu. It is a creation of Roy Johnson, who is not only a Cartek Technician but a supporting sponsor of the Cartek Corvette Challenge under the name Roybuilt Racing. The sandwich is an Italian Hero bread with two 1/4 pound burgers, a cheesesteak, bacon, lettuce, tomato and who knew what else. This thing weighs a ton. Of the 5 only Perez can put down the sandwich in one sitting (must be the secret to winning at the Corvette Challenge). If you go to Cartek, you have got to get one of those!

Time to get to work

Julio looks at the data from the latest pullWhen Julio arrives he goes right to work on the F-Body. After multiple pulls, the F-body is off the dyno and on comes Perez's Vette. The work begins with the installing of a bung to connect the wide band sensor for the dyno. Once that is done it is up to the dyno. Perez gives Hormilla the list of installed mods, ProFlow+ air intake, Walker long tube headers, 160 Stat, TB bypass, Corsa Indy Pace exhaust, Pro Torque 2900 stall converter and Z06 3.42 rear. Julio hooks up the Auto-Tap software and the inevitable occurs, the O2 sensors are not reading in parallel. Indication is that we have a bad O2 sensor. Julio quickly has Roy swap the sensors with new set, however the second one won't go in. The hole will require re-tapping which cannot be done while the headers are on the car. The tuning session would have to be rescheduled. That's when Dave Busch, co-owner of Cartek, discovered while putting back the original O2 sensors that one of the prongs in the plug was a little bent and may not have been making contact. So all fingers were crossed as the car is started for another Auto-Tap reading. Smiles on the faces of Julio and Edgar indicate that the problem is resolved and the tuning session will go on.

The results are in

Julio makes more changes to the PCM for Edgar's carThe first baseline pull showed the A4 making 330 RWHP and 340 RWTQ but with the lines not being what Julio considered optimal. Since Perez had his PCM re-programmed at the shop of another supporting sponsor, The Vette Doctors, Julio stored the original tables and started with a stock program as he normally does. The first pull on the stock program showed a big decrease in the numbers as can be expected down by going back to stock: 315 RWHP. Subsequently another 8 pulls were done on the car to get the timing curve to be the most optimal for this mostly bracket raced Corvette. One issue left to be resolved is a tiny dip in the curve around 3500 RPM that Julio in the past has resolved by replacing the Mass Air sensor. Perez, will be replacing the Mass air sensor shortly to rid the car of the gremlin. The final pull resulted in peak numbers of 325 RWHP and 330 RWTQ, a bit shy of the original highs but with a curve that Julio was much more satisfied with.

Time to say good night

the moisture in the air has made the logo inside the hood appear on the outsidePhotographed to the right is an interesting picture of another Cartek customer car. I was damp at night and the Corvette logo in the underlining of the hood of this car is showing the moisture on the outside of the hood. It was now 7:30 pm and the day was ending for Edgar, Dave and Roy but barely beginning for Julio who would again work into the wee hours on the those shiny new parts in the engine room. This dyno tuning package is valued over $700 and is one that each winner of a Cartek Corvette Challenge in the first 8 races of 2002 will receive courtesy of Cartek. The only catch is the engine has to be 1994 or higher as for that is the software Cartek has in house. The Dyno pulls will be given regardless of the year of the engine or car so if you can't get the tuning, you can get the free dyno pulls. Cartek is a full service shop and one that know's it's way around the LS1 engine as some of the fastest Corvettes and F-Bodies in the US come from their shop. Many of there customers participate in the Corvette Challenge and you will usually find the entire shop staff present at the track during on of these events. Be sure and check out Cartek and the Cartek Corvette Challenge.

Last updated Tue, 07/14/09 09:14 PM

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