In 1998 I met Bill Maloney, a fellow colleague, who was very into Corvettes.
A ZR-1 owner who drove his car regularly, drag raced and road raced it at
driving event schools. It is because of Bill showing me pictures and videos I
started to get hooked. In November of 1999, I was able to buy my first
Corvette. It was a 1994 Polo Green 6 spd. It came with lots of goodies
already in and on it. It had AFS ZR-1 style wheels and tires, a raised hood
and a rear wing. It had quite a few engine mods including a K&N filter,
bigger mass airflow meter, 53mm TB, SLP shorty headers, muffler eliminators and
Flowmaster exhaust as well. Some of these mods were removed for other parts.
I have a page on the car at The Corvette Forum. I quickly took it to the track.
I took it to Raceway Park Drag Strip in Englishtown, NJ and Summit Point Raceway
in Summit Point West Virginia for road course fun. I went to Englishtown, not
knowing anybody at the track while still learning to drive a 300 HP car and trying
to launch it correctly. My best time that day was about 15.5. It was
the last day of the season for E-Town so I had to wait for next spring. I
went back next spring and had the same troubles,......... how to launch a six speed.
So on my first night at the track in Spring of 2000, I find a pack of Red
Corvettes. It is John Mackey, John Panuzzo, Frank Schear, Dave Tortolani and
Dennis Kazimir. I asked "Which one of you guys is gonna get me into the
13's?" They all stood up! Right away they went to work on my launch.
I got more advice from these guys than anyone could ever expect. At
the end of the season, I had the car where it could be with a personal best of 13.21
and an overall win in the Corvette Challenge Event 1 of
This is why I am such a proponent of the Corvette Challenge Drag Racing Series.
I have volunteered too many hours to count creating these web pages to let
all cyber-Corvette drivers know what we are doing so they can join in the fun.
It is truly a series in which anybody can win. The excitement I felt
that day was felt by 4 other winners in 2000. In 2001 each of the 7 events
was won by different drivers. While I will never call myself a pro, it sure is
a lot more fun now than in my first few tries.
On May 5th, 2001, I went out and bought a C5! It is a 1999 Torch Red Coupe.
The car was bone stock. I have learned to drive an automatic
transmission car at the track. Everybody knows automatics are more consistent
in bracket racing. Yeah right, the Manuals have proven to be just as
competitive in this series. Oh well, I will keep chugging. Take a look.
New pics of the new car posted 9/2/01.
The car has undergone some serious transformation in to low 12 second beast.
I have added a ProFlow+ intake, Corsa Indy Pace Car exhaust with Pro Series
tips, BFG drag radials, a line lock for the burnouts, 3.45 Z06 rear end, Pro Torque
2900 stall torque converter and custom Vette Doctors tuning. The next mod will
be long tube headers and some dyno tuning.
What did the modifications do for me you ask? I don't know but I won the first
Corvette Challenge of 2002 for my second career eliminator win on Saturday April 6,
2002. See all the details about this event by visiting 2002 Event 1 results.
Video of the winning run: Click
On May 3, 2002, I won my third eliminator. It was the Lakes Corvette Club annual
fun & run at Atco Raceway. I participated in two eliminators. In the first, I
lost in the third round. In the second eliminator, a club challenge event, I raced
with a club and win four rounds to be crowned the club champion. This has caused me
to want to join a club. Below is a picture of the car, driver and trophy.
Guess what, I did it again. On Saturday July 13, 2002 I captured my 4th career
eliminator win at Raceway Park in Englishtown NJ, in the Cartek Corvette Challenge
Event 4. I am having and awesome year.
Runs 11.41 and 122 MPH
4/20/03 - REDGAR runs 11.41 @ 119 and then 11.45 with a small spin at 122.03 MPH. I
ahve added 4.10 rear, LS6 Intake Manifold, Z06 Titanium Exhaust and more of The Vette Doctors custom
Click for video
Check back for future updates and pictures of my car and myself. In the
meantime, feel free to drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.