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Rob Farley wins Event 4 of the 2003 East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge

On what was probably the hottest and most humid day of the summer thus far, July 26, 2003, Rob Farley won his second career East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge points race when he edged out series defending champion, Ralph Savarese. Savarese was in his second final in a row after winning the previous event. In a very close race, Farley took the win as Savarese broke out running 12.135 on a 12.14 dial. Farley, on a mission to get into the Top 4 accomplished it winning with a 13.673 run on a 13.65 dial. Farley, with a .558 light put Savarese into hard chase mode because Ralph was a tad late with a .617 light. Farley's eight points today put him into a points tie for fourth place with John Panuzzo. Farley ran within 3 hundredths of his dial for most of the event. Farley is always competitive and apparently has set his sites on a championship for 2003.

Savarese moved into first place in the points with his runner-up effort. He put himself in that position in a very exciting Round 3 match-up with points leader through the first three events, Joe Blass. Both drivers ran within 4 hundredths of their dial but it was Savarese that was better on the tree, .529 to .569. Blass fell to second place in the championship. Last season, Savarese did not move into the top spot until the seventh race. This season is much tighter than last season however, so Savarese has quite a few drivers with their sites on him.

On the lighter side, the sleeper race of the event in the first round came when Ken Colucci from Weston, MA thought his day was done when he slept on the tree with a 1.24 light. However, his opponent, Joe Foderaro of Oakhurst, NJ did the same with only a 1.21 light of his own. Practice up guys and sharpen up for the next race.
Winner Rob Farley John Mackey, runner-up Ralph Savarese, Winner Rob Farley, Edgar Perez Runner-up Ralph Savarese
Winner Rob Farley L to R, John Mackey, runner-up Ralph Savarese, Winner Rob Farley, Edgar Perez Runner up Ralph Savarese

For the first time in 2003, the points lead changed hands. As described above, Joe Blass fell to second place when Savarese ousted him and went on to a the finals appearance. Also on the move was Edgar Perez, last year's runner-up, who despite not getting into the finals thus far, moved into third with a fifth round appearance. Farley, with the event win, moved into a virtual tie for fourth with John Panuzzo. Panuzzo wins the tie breaker by having the lowest negative tie breaker number. Former number 2 driver, Bob Hollingshead, fell to sixth place when his 1963 Corvette apparently experienced a problem, hopefully just traction, when ran seven tenths off his dial with an uncharacteristic .697 light.

The Top 4 drivers will be invited to participate in the Wednesday, August 6, 2003, 33rd Annual ALL AMERICAN JET CAR NATIONALS & MONSTER TRUCK CRUSH JAM at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, Englishtown, NJ presented by PC Richard & Son. Please come out to see them race. Ticket information is available on the RP website.

Today's event featured 68 Corvettes making first round with 73 racers present. This is great attendance in the middle of the summer with so many racers on family vacations.

Some statistics from today

Congratulations to the drivers that made the ladder in round four. Making the ladder means these drivers got down to the final 16 or less of the event by winning three rounds. This week's ladder featured 9 drivers. Good job drivers. Congratulations to Butch Rokosz, who not only won his first round ever at Raceway Park, but made his first Corvette Challenge ladder. Glenn Shaul also made his first ladder in the Corvette Challenge Drag Racing Series.

Event 4 ladder July 26, 2003 Corky Heisler, Ralph Savarese, Butch Rokosz, Frank Fiori, Rob Farley, Glenn Schaul, Edgar Perez, John Policastro, Artie Sabatino

Summary of driver Dial-In times

Time 11 12 13 14 Total
# 8 20 32 8 68
% 11.8% 29.4% 47.1% 11.8% 100%

Other Awards Handed Out at this Event

  • Event winner Rob Farley went home with $250 cash, a $100 gift certificate from Pro Torque and the winner trophy.
  • Runner-up Ralph Savarese went home with $125 cash, a $50 gift certificate from Pro Torque and the runner-up trophy.
  • Semi-finalists included Frank Fiori, who won $60 cash.
  • Michael Campbell 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. Michael Campbell was quickest on the tree in the 1st round when his RT was .008.
  • Sheila Murchan won the 'Almost Perfect Award' presented by Marotta Racing when she took herself out in the 1st round with the red light closest to .500. Sheila Murchan's light was 0.00 and for that she earned a $25 Tech Card gift certificate usable on a future to Raceway Park courtesy of Lenny Marotta and Marotta Racing .
  • Phillip Goldberg won the 'Closest to Dial Award' Trophy presented by Boweryboy Racing by only .009 off his dial.
  • Ohh so Close Award of Zaino productsJames Cummings 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 .0360. That number is the MOV number on your time slip. Although he lost in the 1st round by the smallest Margin of Victory, James Cummings 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 73 cars making this event, United Racing gave out quite a few trophies or 1st Round Trophy Upgrade Program credits.

Attention all Corvette Challenge Racers

At today's race, Raceway Park (RP) officials exercised their right to pair the drivers and scramble those pairings where they saw fit. This practice is well within the rights of RP so please be aware that it may or may not be done at future races. Drivers should not be changing lanes once we have chosen our lane or have been paired with another driver. Please decide which staging lane you will enter before getting to the lane so as not to give off the impression of selective opponent choosing. Additionally, you are expected to come to the staging lanes when the call is made for our class. In most cases we are expected to return to the staging lanes after winning a round unless a track official instructs us to wait in the pits. You will find RP's website has posted Rules of Racing and we should familiarize ourselves with them.

Team Panuzzo Corvette Challenge Racers sweep the Vette Magazine Show & Go

Panuzzo, Savarese and Chris Young took their classes in the morning event to sharpen up for the Challenge in the evening. Tony Abbruzze, not a Team Panuzzo member yet, won his class as well. I bet they will enlist him now as this a team of great racers. This event was attended by many of our regular Corvette Challenge participants and a good time was had by all participants.

Don't miss the next race day as it will be huge

Saturday August 16th is the next Corvette Challenge and it features the return of the The Vette Doctors Quick 4 for their second race of the season. The gates will open for us at 9 AM but be sure and get there early (suggested 8 AM or earlier) as the day will also feature and F-Body Challenge and large attendance is expected.

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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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