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Rob Farley wins 2002 Cartek Corvette Challenge Event 5

Bob Trieschmann, runner-up Ralph Savarese, winner Rob Farley and John Mackey On Saturday July 27, 2002 the stage was set for the biggest Cartek Corvette Challenge yet at Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ. The weather, however did not cooperate. It was cloudy and hazy all day, not to mention hot and humid, and the field was reduced to a still successful 66 Corvettes in 1st round. The morning session was also a Corvette Day with Vette Magazine and The Corvette Express Club of NJ hosting an all day Corvette Show & Go event. Many drivers came to do "double header duty". The morning session got hit with a 2 hour rain delay and a late start of eliminations causing the Challenge event to start late. Racers however were excited to see Raceway Park bringing out the jet dryer and drying the track so that we can have our day. Class act Raceway Park!

The Corvette Challenge final for Event 5 of 2002 belonged to two C4 Corvettes. Rob Farley from Staten Island, NY had the look of determination in his eye and it paid off as he took the win over Ralph Savarese of Mahopac, NY. This again was a very close final. Farley dialed his 1989 Blue Corvette at 13.99 up against the quicker Savarese in a Black 1985 C4 at 11.91. The drivers left the tree with almost identical lights as Rob had the tiniest advantage of .550 to Ralph's .553. At the top end, each driver would have to monitor the finish line to try to judge how to play the game. Farley with a tiny tap of the brakes crossed the line dead-on with a 9 (13.999) and Savarese ran a great 11.934 ET just .024 slower than his dial. Savarese said "I couldn't tell who won." thinking he might have broken out similar to Event 4's final as Ralph almost said the same thing when he also finished runner-up. Farley is one of New York's finest (a police officer) who also races on Sunday's at Raceway Park in his Mustang in the Raceway Park Heavy ET series. He has been making the points charge there too ranking 5th currently. He now is 3rd in the Challenge series. Those are high rankings with two different cars. Both Farley and Savarese secured spots in the Top 4 to make them eligible for the special race on Wednesday night at Raceway Park during the PC Richard & Son Night of Thrills. As a sidenote, Farley also won his class in the earlier Vette Magazine Show & Go, so that is two Eliminator wins in one day. Way to go Rob! Congrats and welcome to the Corvette Challenge Rob(now what can we do about that Mustang?).

Ralph and Rob are hard charging on points leader Edgar Perez, who now holds a 7 point lead with 3 points races remaining. But this series not only for points racers! For the second event in a row, Eric Fischer drove his father's Automatic LT4 (yes A4 LT4 converted by Eric personally) Collector Edition 96 Corvette. Eric however had not planned on participating in the series as his father Bill was to be driving the car. However, Bill raced in the AM event, so he handed the keys to son Eric just as he did at the last event. It is too late for Eric to get points for the prior two events but he may want to consider signing up for points now as the end of year payouts go down to the 10th place for this series. Complete list of prizes can be seen at www.corvettechallenge.info/2002rules.shtml Another interesting match-up included the first round pairing of Rob Farley and the 2nd in points Jack Schwarzwalder. Of course you know Farley won that match causing Jack to fall out of 2nd for the 1st time this season into 4th place.

Don't miss the next Cartek Corvette Challenge event on Saturday August 31, 2002. Please note this event is an AM event with gates opening approximately 9 AM. Those of us that race in the Real Street Class at Raceway Park as well as the Challenge should be happy to know that our event is in the AM so we can race Real Street in the PM without conflict. If you cannot wait till the next event, try the 1st Annual Civil War on August 17th at Raceway Park were the F-bodies will be taking on all other GM EFI cars for cash and trophies.

Did you see those Quick 4 Corvettes?

This day also marked the 1st ever heads-up Corvette Challenge competition. Each car's time trial runs was used as qualifying runs for the Quick 4. The Quick 4 was the 4 Quick(est) ET's of the time trial session. Keith Brownlee from Shrewsbury, NJ was the number one qualifier with an astounding and wheel standing 9.79 ET. Mike Romain, Brian Miller and Bill Maloney filled the rest of the field with 10 second ET's. The first round pinned Keith against Bill and Bill ran a new personal best 10.656 at 129.40 MPH but it just was not enough with Keith tripping the clocks with a 10.192. We also saw Romain in his Black 99 against Miller in the LeMans Pace Car painted 99 Corvette Coupe. Mike took the win despite a slight RT disadvantage with a 10.805 @ 127.81 to Brian's 11.14 @ 124.58. Brian is the founder of the Corvette Challenge and Mike has participated in each of its 4 years of existence despite his profession's requirement for him to travel frequently. Congratulations and thank you go out to all the drivers who rushed to meet the requirements for the Quick 4 in particular those that made the investment in installing NHRA legal rollbars. Stay tuned as we will be looking to continue this series within a series.

Some statistics from Corvette Challenge Event 5

Many have asked how many of the participants in these races are racers in the points vs. how many are not. Of the 66 Vettes that made 1st round, 25 were NON-points racers, making this event 62% points racers and 38% non-points racers
Time # % Ladder for Event 5
10 2 3%
11 8 12%
12 21 32%
13 24 36%
14 11 17%
Total 66 100%
(above) dial-in times for 1st round.

Congratulations to the drivers that made the ladder in round 4. The ladder means each driver won 3 rounds. This week's ladder featured 9 drivers of which 2 were in their first 4th round of the season. Again you will have seen how this series is open to all to win. Good job drivers.

Cash and Prizes awarded drivers courtesy of our sponsors.

  • Event winner Rob Farley went home with $200 cash and gift certificates for a free dyno tuning session at Cartek Racing and a $100 gift certificate from Pro Torque and the Event Winner Shore Motorsports sponsored Trophy. Shore Motorsports is located in Howell, NJ and can be reached at 732-370-2067 or on the web at www.shoremotorsports.com. Cartek Racing is in Garwood, NJ and can be reached at 908-317-4496 or on the web at www.cartek.net.
  • Runner-up Ralph Savarese went home with $100 cash, a $50 gift certificate from Pro Torque, the "Money Back Runner Up Award" for $20 cash from Boweryboy Racing and the event Runner-up Vette Doctors sponsored Trophy. The Vette Doctors are located in Amityville, NY and can be reached at 631-841-0779 or on the web at www.thevettedoctors.com. Pro Torque, in Bohemia, NY can be found at www.protorque.com or by calling 631-218-8700.
  • Eric Fischer was the sole semi-finalist and won $50 cash.
  • All winners of the first round were awarded a trophy sponsored by CFM Racing. With 66 cars making 1st round Chris Coriell, Frank Schear and Mike Moran gave out 33 trophies.
  • Walden Farms gift package Brent Grigsby from Sewell, NJ won the Closest to Dial Award sponsored by Walden Farms by running a 12.202 on a 12.20 dial. Unfortunately, Brent could not go home with his prize as it was not at the track but the prize consisting of a beautiful gift package from Walden Farms filled with low calorie low carbohydrate products will be shipped to his home. Unfortunately for Grigsby, he did not win this round as his he left the line early with a red light. You can purchase Walden Farms products at local grocery stores or on the web at www.waldenfarms.com.
  • Ohh so Close Award of Zaino products Glenn Schaul from Highlands, NJ won the "Ohh so Close Award" sponsored by Zaino when he was edged out in the 1st round by a mere .0028 second. Although he lost in the 1st round by the smallest Margin of Victory, Glenn got to drive off with a Zaino starter package that includes Z1, Z2, Z6, Z7 and a polish pad. Zaino products can be purchased online at www.zainobros.com or at Shore Motorsports on Route 9 in Howell.
  • David Outten from Vienna, VA won the Almost Perfect Award sponsored by Marotta Racing when he took himself out in the 1st round with the red light closest to .500. David's light was .487 and for that he earned a $50 gift certificate to the Raceway Park Souvenir store donated by Lenny Marotta of Marotta Racing.
  • Mike Romain from Brick, NJ won the "John Panuzzo Jr. Memorial Trophy" donated by Team Panuzzo Racing for the best winning reaction time in the 1st round in his Black 1999 C5 Corvette. Mike had the honor of being PERFECT with a .500 light and a win. As you know Mike also qualified for our Quick 4 race and was runner-up in that event. Congratulations Mike.

Points Standings after 5 events

The Points standings shuffled again though the points leader remained the same. Jack Schwarzwalder fell victim to a red light in the first round and that opened the door for the two finalists in Event 5 to catapult over him. Savarese with another runner-up showing moves into the 2nd spot with Farley using his win to move up into the number 3 spot.

There was some shuffling and the final results should show some new drivers in the top 10 when final points are posted. See side bar on left for current listing

Cartek Corvette Challenge helps Toys for Teens & Tots

The 50/50 raffle was held at the track and the racers hopeful of winning the money while helping out a worthy organization put together $338. Wayne Paul, Raceway Park official seen all over the track but at the head of the staging lanes at the end of each event, was the lucky winner collecting $169 while the other $169 was donated to the Toys for Teens & Tots fund. Special thanks go to Jaymie Shuleski and Mariana Trieschmann making the rounds to collect the money. The 50/50 will be held at each of the Cartek Corvette Challenges this year. Please see Jaymie or Mariana in the staging lanes if they do not find you first. You do not have to be a racer to participate. Raceway Park officer, Tim, thanks the Corvette Challenge racers and fans for supporting the Toys for Teens and Tots. To date we have donated almost $800 to the organization. Thank you for your continued support.

More photos by Alina & Kathleen Perez (sorry most are of Edgar) | Mike Moran's Photos | Misc Pictures on Corvetteforum.com | VIDEOS by EuG

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