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Farley uses Event 10 win to capture Corvette Challenge Championship

White wins Rookie honors while CCDV makes it official, two in a row in Club Challenge Cup

Englishtown, NJ, 11/06/04 - If drama is what you were looking for, you got it in the final points race of the East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge. Nothing was sewn up coming into today. Not the points championship, not the Rookie of the Year, not the Top 8 jacket spots, not the prestigious Top 10 and definitely not the Top 16 drivers to be invited to the big race Nov 13, 2005. The only certain thing for today was we were in for a race to rival the best Motorsports scripts out there. The actors for this race were the usual suspects with a few new supporting cast members who will be the stars of tomorrow.

Runner-up Bob Sebrowski Bob Trieschmann, Winner Rob Farley, Runner-up Bob Sebrowski and Edgar Perez Winner Rob Farley
Runner-up Bob Sebrowski Bob Trieschmann, Winner Rob Farley, Runner-up Bob Sebrowski and Edgar Perez Winner Rob Farley

With so much happening regarding season ending positions at today's race, we must start by taking a look at the race for today. Fifty-five Corvettes came out today with most of them points drivers and some non-points drivers who would not have minded playing the spoiler role while taking the event win. All eyes were on the close chases for 2004 Champion and Rookie of the Year but there were rounds to won first. Rob Farley came in with the look of determination in his eye and delivered.

Farley's day would start with a first round win over Matthew Cornelison. With Farley dialed at 13.76 to Cornelison's 13.45, the cars were sure to be close the whole distance. This was a must win race for Farley if he had hopes of winning the Championship. He gave up the starting line advantage to Cornelison despite a .055 light as Cornelison was .051. However, Cornelison was two tenths plus off his dial and could not run his number so Farley took the win having never given up the lead. Round two was the start of the Ladder and Farley would face John Hadyniak, a Top 10 driver all year, in a rematch of the Event 2 Round 4 race won by Hadyniak and Event 4 Round 4 match won by Farley. Hadyniak dialed his 406 cubic inch 73 Corvette at 11.97 to Farley's 13.72. Farley left with a .058 light and looked up a couple seconds later to see his win light on as Hadyniak had attempted a hard hit on the tree and was on the red side with a -.022 allowing Farley to stay in the hunt for the Championship. Farley ran the run out and clicked an almost dead-on, 13.718 @ 99.85. Amazingly that is the exact number that Farley's TAG weather station had predicted. Round 3 for Farley would be against one of founding racers, Frank Schear. At this point a win against "Mr. Mojo" would advance him to within one point of Panuzzo who had lost this round. Schear, dialed 12.84, would give the head start to Farley at 13.69. Farley tagged the tree with a .080 and Mojo would have his work cut out for him as his light was double Farley's. Schear chased and chased and broke out trying to catch him running .018 under the dial but Farley got the stripe and the win anyway with a 13.719. On to round four and Farley would get the bye. He put a 13.64 on the window and staged the car. Maybe he was a little distracted knowing that taking the tree would give him enough points to clinch the 2004 Championship. The tree dropped and .261 seconds later Farley left on a Championship pass running dead on with a 7 (13.647) at 100.53 and really BIG smile. After taking many congratulations in the lanes, it was back to business in round 5 against Dan Swadis. Swadis did his best against the best with a .048 light to Farley's .061 in a pair with fairly evenly dialed cars, 13.62 for Farley and 13.79 for Swadis. Farley caught and passed Swadis and then tapped the brakes at the finish line taking the stripe by .0244 running 13.687 @ 94.01. Farley was now in his second final of the year.

Event 10 Ladder

Bob Sebrowski was working his way to the final in the other half of the ladder for a chance to derail Farley. Sebrowski's day was full of top racers with his first round being Top 10 driver Ellis Gray. Sebrowski would give the start to Gray with an 11.83 dial to Gray's 12.08. When the trees dropped, Gray was out of the gate quickly, but red. Gray's light was very red at -.191 to Sebrowski’s positive and winning .131. Sebrowski finished the free run and clocked an 11.815 on the dial the 11.83 dial. Round two he would face the new Rookie of the Year and winner of the previous event, Rick White. Sebrowski would get the head start this time with an 11.81 dial to White's 11.45. Both drivers driving 1985 Corvettes with Sebrowski in the Black and Rick White in the Orange. With nearly identical lights (.102 to .103) this was going be the better dialer's race or so we thought. Both drivers ran this one "out the back door" in a very exciting race where White took the stripe by four thousandths of a second in a double-breakout race. Fortunately for Sebrowski he was only .022 under to White's .023 under the dial. Yes it was Sebrowski’s .102 light that helped him get the win to White's .103. This, my friends....was a bracket race!. You would think Sebrowski could breathe a sigh of relief now but his round three match up would be "The Kid", Chris Young. The dials were similar to his last race with Young in at 11.47 and Sebrowski at 11.78. Sebrowski cut a .086 light and went on his way. The Kid would put a light on Sebrowski with a .022. At the top end, Sebrowski could see he was way ahead as Young suffered a busted u-joint and was four tenths off the dial and slowed it up to prevent any chance of a breakout and took the win. Round four Sebrowski had to race 2001 Champion Bob Trieschmann. In this one, Sebrowski would catch the break he was needing. Cutting his worst light of the day he would have to run a tight number. Though Trieschmann had the tree advantage, he gave it up when he was just over a tenth on his dial of 13.37 and Sebrowski was 11.786 on an 11.77 dial to take the stripe by .0155. In the fifth round, Sebrowski would face a one of the best drivers not in the Top 10. Tom Anderson goes rounds when he makes it to the Challenge and carries one of the best average points per event attended numbers in the series. TA would leave first with his 12.77 dial in his 91 White C4 with an impressive .037 light. Sebrowski, on the chase, left with a.063 light and 11.77 dial. Sebrowski chased and did not catch Anderson but Anderson did not catch himself on a breakout run. He ran under .039 while finishing the race .1129 ahead of Sebrowski but giving up the win light and Sebrowski was on his way to his first final of the year and needing the win to take over the number 8 spot for the season to earn the prestigious Raceway Park ECS Corvette Challenge Jacket.

In a theme that has become too commonplace in 2004, there were, again, two C4 Corvettes left to fight it out for the Event win. One, the 2004 Champion Rob Farley and the other looking to get into the eighth spot for this season. Farley would leave first with his 13.62 dial to Sebrowski’s unchanged 11.77. Farley left with a .041 to Sebrowski's .056. Once again we should get a good race. However, Sebrowski suffered just enough wheel spin to make it difficult for catch Farley. Sebrowski ran 11.92 on the .77 dial and that is way to much to give "The Champ" and 2002 Rookie of the Year, and Farley did his usual "Farley Slide" across the finish line with the Event win, 2004 Championship win and the completion of a very difficult season for him. Wife, Linda was at the event as she is many times and was able to be a part of the most memorable night for the Corvette racer.

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How a Championship was Won

Coming into today's race, it was John Panuzzo over Rob Farley by two points. It would not be an easy battle to pick up those two points. If Farley had hopes of winning the championship, he really needed to be thinking of winning the event. Well there is no surprise to those who have been reading, Farley put together a spectacular day on the bottom and the top end of the track to do his part in taking the Championship. John Panuzzo, only needed to defend the lead and go a few rounds to stop Farley. We saw above how Farley's day went so let's look at JP. Panuzzo hit the track first in round one and put more pressure on Farley by taking a three point lead momentarily. Panuzzo escaped a very conservative light when his opponent, Dave Ramancheck, cut a .638 light saving Panuzzo from defeat with a .185 light. We know Farley responded by keeping pace and taking his first round win. Panuzzo would again hit the track before Farley and took the win in round two, or did he. Another lazy light for JP, who apparently was a little too relaxed in defending his number one spot, cut a .222, but his opponent, Dave Tortolani, was on the same pace with a .216 light. Panuzzo got to the top first and took the win light but both drivers were called back for a re-run. Dave Tortolani clearly had "DEEP" written all over his car and the starter dropped the tree before he had a chance to deep stage. Since Raceway Park honors deep staging, they requested the drivers re-run the race. So now that Farley had won his second round race, the pressure was on Panuzzo. Both drivers corrected their light deficiencies and JP cut a much better .038 light on 12.83 dial to Tortolani's .049 on 12.77 dial. The race was close the entire track. Tortolani ran a dead-on with a 9, (12.839), and Panuzzo, indicated by his 99.19 MPH, "dumped it" when he realized he could not catch him and Tortolani crossed in front of him by .0916 for the round win and the elimination of JP. This left Panuzzo watching from afar as the next round would turn out to be the one for the Championship. Farley needed the next round to tie for points and the following for the win. However, the way the ladder went down, if Farley won the next round he would get a bye the following round and this would be the deciding race. As stated above it would be Frank Schear with the shot to play spoiler, but it did not happen. Schear gave it his best shot to be the spoiler but as stated about, couldn’t do it and Farley clinched the Championship. Farley is the fourth different Champion in the Corvette Challenge since we started counting points and joins Bob Trieschmann (2001), Ralph Savarese (2002) and Joe Blass (2004) as a Champion. Congratulations to the Champ.

The Drivers who Earned Births in the Top 16 Invitational

Drivers came into to the race jockeying for position and some looking to get into the Top 16 race to be held Nov 13, 2004. Only one driver managed to break into the Top 16. Jim Peins came into the event in 19th place and worked his way up to 16th place when James Kovitch was knocked out the Top 16 because by not making the event today. Congratulations go the Top 16 qualifiers who are as follows: 1. Rob Farley, 2. John Panuzzo, 3. Vic Gandhi, 4. Ralph Savarese, 5. Ellis Gray, 6. Joe Signore, 7. John Hadyniak, 8. Al Conner, 9. Robert Sebrowski, 10. Rick White (r), 11. John Mackey, 12. Bill Fischer Sr, 13. Donald Peppler Jr, 14. Al Betz, 15. Gerardo Muniz (r) and 16. James Peins. These driver will face each other on Pro style ladder on Saturday Nov 13, 2004 for pride and $1,000. Drivers will pay a special $100 entry and the winner will be awarded $1,000 and the runner-up $200. You have to come out and watch if you did not make the cut this year. View the Top 16 with the most current updates.

Corvette Club of Delaware Valley repeats as Club Challenge Cup Champions

Team CCDV members
Members of Team CCDV; Ellis Gray, Neil Fine, Jerry Muniz, Rose, Tony Buonassisi and Joe Signore
Corvette Challenge sponsor, The Corvette Club of Delaware Valley, repeats as Club Challenge Cup Champions as the Corvette Challenge Club Challenge Cup Champions. An update to the points system to help keep the clubs more competitive did not derail CCDV as they added more racers to the team and stepped up competitiveness to help them clinch the title. CCDV took the win with a 156 to 72 point performance for this year to second-place The County Corvette Association (CCA1). Congratulations go out to all who took part in the Club Challenge Cup in 2004. All club members will have their names inscribed on the Club Challenge Cup to be officially present at our Banquet on January 22, 2005. Club Challenge Standings.

Rick White Captures Rookie of the Year

It was all over in the first round when Rick White cut an .039 light and took the round win while contenders Jerry Muniz and George Geipel each suffered late lights that they could not recover from. Muniz tried to catch up in his new car as he traded in his C5 for a brand new (with 200 miles) 2005 C6 Black Coupe with 6 speed transmission. This year's Rookie class was again an outstanding one as once again two drivers came into the event with a chance to win it. White joins Rob Farley (2002) and Chris Young (2003) as Corvette Challenge Rookie of the Year winners. We look forward to getting White his trophy and check at the Award's Banquet on Jan 22, 2005. See rookies denoted with (r) in the standings.

Other Awards Handed Out at this Event

  • Event winner Rob Farley went home with $250 cash, a $100 gift certificate from Pro Torque and winner trophy.
  • Runner-up Bob Sebrowski went home with $125 cash, a $50 gift certificate from Pro Torque and runner-up trophy.
  • Semi-finalists included Tom Anderson and Dan Swadis who won $60 cash.
  • Louis Calicchia won the 'John Panuzzo Jr. Memorial' trophy and $50 cash was presented by Team Panuzzo Racing for the best winning reaction time in the 1st round. Louis Calicchia was quickest on the tree in the 1st round when his RT was .023.
  • George Leonard won the 'Almost Perfect Award' with a loss in the 1st round with the red light closest to .000 (Almost Perfect). George Leonard's light was -0.012 and was rewarded a trophy from Old Bridge Township Raceway Park recognizing the effort put forth to try and capture a perfect light but just slightly red.
  • Bob Trieschmann won the 'Closest to Dial Award' by running only .011 off his dial. Bob Trieschmann was awarded a trophy from Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.
  • Ohh so Close Award of Zaino productsAl Betz won the 'Ohh so Close Award' presented by Zaino when being edged out in the 1st round by the smallest margin of victory of .0126. That number is the MOV number on your time slip. Although suffering a loss in the 1st round by the smallest Margin of Victory, Al Betz 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 55 cars making this event, United Racing gave out quite a few trophies or 1st Round Trophy Upgrade Program credits.

Next race

The next race will be on Nov 6 but is only open to our Top 16 drivers who have earned a spot in the invitational race. Come on out to support the top drivers and if something happens where someone does not make it, the next highest ranking driver will be invited into the race. You can view the current ladder at www.corvettechallenge.info/ladder-04-top16.pdf After that it is one more race to finish the season on Nov 20. This will be open to all Corvette drivers and will be a full payout, non-points race where we can all have loads of fun. Visit the Drag Schedule at http://www.racewaypark.com to view the schedule.

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 $313. Lt. Tim Blair himself won the 50/50 and he donated his half of the winnings along with the other half to St. Peters church in Jersey City to Sister Grace for the Toys for Teens & Tots fund from the East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge. That was half at $131 and the winner gave back an additional $40 for the cause. To date we have donated $131, $258, $186, $146, $125, $485, $126, $187, $171 and $313 for a total of $2,128 to the organization for 2004. Thank you for your continued support.

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