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Calicchia wins first Challenge in season ender with Coriell winning the Quick 4 + 4

11/15/03 - The East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge came to the regular season schduel close today with Louis Calicchia, Mahopac, NY (sounds like a winning town (same as Savarese)) winning his first ever Corvette Challenge eliminator. Louis previously made it to the semi-finals in Event 5 where was eliminated by Rob Farley. This race also featured the, first time ever, Vette Doctors Quick 4 + 4 where the Quick heads-up class was expanded to feature eight Corvettes. We were treated to exciting racing and a full 10-second and better class with Paul Major taking the number one spot at 9.80 and the eigth spot going to Mike Conway at 10.91. Next on our schedule is the special Top 16 points finisher $1,000 gamblers race on November 22, 2003.

Rob Farley's Maroon Grand Sport striped C4
Rob Farley's Maroon Grand Sport striped C4
Louis Calicchia is a quiet racer. You don't hear from him much but he has steadily improved his bracket racing capabilities in his second year of racing. Louis comes to the track with his son who races in import and other classes while dad races with the Vettes. Calicchia's 25th place finish in the points this year will likely be improved next season and winning this non-points race is a clear indicator of that. He had a super day at the tree with his worst light being .564 back in the second round. On the way to the final, Calichhia took out some good competitors in Mike Boniface and Rick White. He took a bye into the final which he elected to sit out. So once again, Calicchia would face Farley in a very important round. Calicchia took the left lane and a .026 starting line advanatage over the 4th place finisher in points, Rob Farley, with a .541 over .567 reaction time. Calicchia was off on his dial slightly and did not get to the stripe first but he did get the more important win light. Farley had broken out by going 13.435 on a 13.46 while one the brakes.

Farley came into the event sporting a brand new paint job on the C4 that used to be blue. The paint scheme is a dark maroon metallic paint with a 1996 Grand Sport stripe painted on the center. The beautiful new paint scheme was a site to see as he went round after round. Farley had to take out some tough competitors himeself on the way to his third final of the season. Farley was paired against 3rd in points finisher, Edgar Perez in the thrid and 9th in points finisher, Frank Fiori in the semi-final and managed to get each one of them. Farley stated this was a good day to help get himself prepped for the big money race next weekend. Rob would like to thank his sponsors for there support and include New York Speed and Machine, GEDDEX, Vehicle Brokerage of Staten Island and of course CERTIFIED AUTO COLLISION of BROOKLYN.

Runner-up Rob Farley John Mackey, Louis Calicchia, Rob Farley, Bob Trieschmann Winner Louis Calicchia
Runner-up Rob Farley John Mackey, Louis Calicchia, Rob Farley and Bob Trieschmann Winner Louis Calicchia

Going rounds

Other drivers making moves at this race included Ken Rammer, Al Nagib and Phillip Goldberg. Rammer running both Trophy Marathon and the Challenge went 3 for 4 in Trophy Marathon, and went to the fourth round in the Challenge before losing to Frank Fiori. Ken also took home the best first round reaction time trophy with a .524 and earned a bye in round two thanks to the light. Al Nagib also made it to the his first ladder and went to the fourth round before coming up against event winner Calicchia. Phillip Goldberg, points rookie this season, missed a few races but bettered his previous best third round appearance before coming up against Farley in the fourth. Look for each of these drivers to very competive next year as well.

Corvette Challenge drivers do well in Trophy Marathon

In addition to Rammer's performance in Trophy Marathon, Donald Peppler and Ellis Gray went 4-0 in the marathon making them eligible for the King of the Hill run-off with a few other non- Vette drivers. Peppler and Gray met in the semi-final in the TM and Gray took the win. Gray carried the momentum to the final winning the King of the Hill crown for TM. We can all take pride that our Corvette Challenge drivers can carry their experience into other Raceway Park series'. Drivers will get one more shot at the Trophy Marathon on Nov 22nd if they choose.

Today's event featured 45 Corvettes making first round. In addition to the 45 bracket racers in first round, we also had eight others in the Quick 4 + 4. We did not mandate that Quick cars race brakets this race so only one driver, Rick White, ran both classes.

Summary of driver Dial-In times

Time 9 10 11 12 13 14 16 Total
# 1 7 8 17 17 2 1 53
% 1.89% 13.21% 15.09% 32.08% 32.08% 3.77% 1.89% 100%

Other Awards Handed Out at this Event

  • Event winner Louis Calicchia went home with $250 cash, a $100 gift certificate from Pro Torque and the winner trophy.
  • Runner-up Rob Farley went home with $125 cash, a $50 gift certificate from Pro Torque and the runner-up trophy.
  • Semi-finalists included Frank Fiori and who won $60 cash.
  • Ken Rammer won the 'John Panuzzo Jr. Memorial' trophy and $50 cash presented by Team Panuzzo Racing for the best winning reaction time in the 1st round. Ken Rammer was quickest on the tree in the 1st round when his RT was .024.
  • Ioannis Hadjiioannou won the 'Almost Perfect Award' presented by Marotta Racing when he took himself out in the 1st round with the red light closest to .500. Ioannis Hadjiioannou's light was 0.00 and for that he earned a $25 Tech Card gift certificate usable on a future to Raceway Park courtesy of Lenny Marotta and Marotta Racing .
  • George Geipel won the 'Closest to Dial Award' Trophy presented by Boweryboy Racing by only .002 off his dial.
  • Ohh so Close Award of Zaino productsJames Peins won the 'Ohh so Close Award' presented by Zaino when he was edged out in the 1st round by the smallest margin of victory of .0183. That number is the MOV number on your time slip. Although he lost in the 1st round by the smallest Margin of Victory, James Peins 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 57 cars making this event, United Racing gave out quite a few trophies or 1st Round Trophy Upgrade Program credits.

Next race

November 22nd, qualifying Top 16 points drivers are invited back to race in the Top 16 $1,000 gamblers race and all drivers are invited to attend. Even if you did not qualify for this race, please come out. You are sure to see some exciting bracket racing and who knows, you may get in as an alternate.

We will be working on the 2004 schdule so come on back for to our web page for schdule announcement or visit http://www.racewaypark.com.

East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge helps Toys for Teens & Tots

The 50/50 raffle was held at the track and the racers and spectators hopeful of winning the money while helping out a worthy organization put together $241. The winner, Tim himself received $120 while the other $121 was donated to the St. Peters church in Jersey City to Sister Grace for the Toys for Teens & Tots fund from the East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge. Of course did the noble thing and donated his winnings to the church. We thank Jaymie and Marianna for making the rounds to collect the money. The 50/50 will be held at each of the ECS Corvette Challenges this year. To date we have donated $1,087 to the organization. Thank you for your continued support.

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Edgar's Pics(actually my wife took a lot of these) | Pictures by Mike Moran | Pictures by Erin and George

We couldn't do it without our sponsors

The Corvette Challenge gives thanks to all of its supporting sponsors for whom without this series cannot be possible. Thanks go out to East Coast Supercharging | United Racing | The Vette Doctors | Team Panuzzo | Spectrum Voice & Data | Simple Man | EnviroLution | CCDV | Mufflex Performance | CFM Racing | Tortolani Racing | Boweryboy Racing | Marotta Racing | RMS Racing | Pro Torque | Zaino Bros | Perez Web Design |

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