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Recharged Farley takes Event #3 Against the Odds

Englishtown, NJ, 05/29/04 - It had been 56 long days since the last East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. Some drivers hibernated, some found other events at E-town or even other tracks to keep their skills sharp and one underwent major surgery before this event....AND WON!!

That is correct!! Shortly after our last race, 4/3/04, Rob Farley underwent surgery for some trouble he was having with a lung (details here). It was uncertain that he would be able to recover quickly enough to make this race. He did, and obviously, recovered well enough to go seven rounds and take the win. On this Memorial Day weekend, we expected car count to be low. It was not. 70 Corvettes came to do battle today and Farley would have to go seven rounds to take the win.

Runner-up John Panuzzo Bob Trieschmann, ECS Co-owner, Doug Ring, Winner Rob Farley, Runner-up John Panuzzo, John Mackey, Marc from ECS Winner John Farley
Runner-up John Panuzzo Bob Trieschmann, ECS Co-owner, Doug Ring, Winner Rob Farley, Runner-up John Panuzzo, John Mackey, Marc from ECS Winner Rob Farley

Farley, still suffering some discomfort from the surgery, is getting reacclimated to the car. The car was a little inconsistent during time trials so he would have to rely on the tree to help him through the day. While Farley's lights were not quite "Farley-like", he managed keep them around .100 all day giving himself an opportunity in each race. The benefactor of a couple red-lights and a semi-final bye, Farley had to earn it against Panuzzo in the final. Dialed at 13.55 to Panuzzo's 12.88, Farley would leave first. Both drivers left green with Farley cutting .090 to Panuzzo's .120. Both drivers are seasoned racers and expected the other to have a good light. At the top end, Panuzzo ran down Farley, but it was Farley victorious over Panuzzo in a close double-breakout final. Farley ran just .014 under at 12.536 and Panuzzo ran .036 under at 12.834 running Farley down. This was the first time that Panuzzo and Farley faced each other in the finals. The win breaks a three-way tie for second in the all-time wins in the Corvette Challenge with 5, one short of Ralph Savarese with 6, (Panuzzo and Edgar Perez hold 4 each) .

Event 3 Ladder
John Panuzzo came in looking for the points lead and he got it! He had to take out some tough competition on the way to doing however. Round four had Panuzzo on the ladder against Frank Fiori. Panuzzo got a break when Fiori cut a poor light and also broke out trying to make up for it. This put Panuzzo up against John Hadyniak, (third coming into the race) in round five. Hadyniak took a slight starting line advantage, .073 to . 081, in a very, very close race. In another double-breakout race, Panuzzo took the win. Hadyniak ran 11.920 on an 11.96 dial to Panuzzo's 12.882 on 12.90 dial. In the next round, (semi-final), Panuzzo gave up an even bigger reaction time advantage to Bob Hollingshead and yet another close double-breakout race where Panuzzo was under by .081 to Hollingshead's .086 breakout. That is three double-breakout wins for JP today. Some days, it really is better "to be lucky, than good".

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Summary of driver Dial-In times

Time 11 12 13 14 15 Total
# 8 26 31 4 1 70
% 11.43% 37.14% 44.29% 5.71% 1.43% 100%

Ralph Blauvelt dials DEAD-ON round 1

Congratulations go out to Ralph Blauvelt who today won the first round Closest to Dial Award by being the first ever to do it with with a perfect "DEAD-ON" dial of 14.10. We should all take note becasue this is the second time Ralph has won this award in three races running just .003 off his dial in Event 1. He becomes only the fifth person to win this twice. Watch out for the Black C4 belonging to the "Dial Man".

Clubs and Rookies

County Corvette Association, (CCA1), did what they could to tighten the club chase by bringing five drivers (CCDV brought 9) and earning the top club driver bonus by virtue of Al Conner's quarter final appearance getting his club an additional 5 points. Corvette Club of Delaware Valley left the day picking up 2 more points than CCA1. CCDV had three drivers make it to the third round but not advance so they were awarded 3 bonus points. See club performance at the Club Challenge Standings.

Our rookies did not fair too well this event with none getting past second round. Mike Conway maintain and slim one point lead over Matthew Cornelison, George Geipel, and Bob Rosenberg (all first round exits, and Ronald Higgins (2nd round exit). 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 John Panuzzo went home with $125 cash, a $50 gift certificate from Pro Torque and runner-up trophy.
  • Semi-finalists included Bob Hollingshead and who won $60 cash.
  • David Sanders 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. David Sanders was quickest on the tree in the 1st round when his RT was .009.
  • Ross Bartick won the 'Almost Perfect Award' with a loss in the 1st round with the red light closest to .000 (Almost Perfect). Ross Bartick's light was -0.002 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.
  • Ralph Blauvelt won the 'Closest to Dial Award' by running only .000 off his dial. He was awarded a trophy from Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.
  • Ohh so Close Award of Zaino productsSheila Murchan won the 'Ohh so Close Award' presented by Zaino when she was edged out in the 1st round by the smallest margin of victory of .0257. That number is the MOV number on your time slip. Although she lost in the 1st round by the smallest Margin of Victory, Sheila Murchan 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 70 cars making this event, United Racing gave out quite a few trophies or 1st Round Trophy Upgrade Program credits.

Next race

We race again on June 26th, 9 AM. This is day will also feature the second The Vette Doctors Pro 8 Shootout of 2004 as we again hope to see 9 and 10-second Corvettes battle it heads-up. Visit 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 $186. John Mackey won and gave his half of the $186 which was all 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. The 50/50 is held at each of the ECS Corvette Challenges. To date we have donated $131, $258 and $186 for a total of $575 to the organization for 2004. Thank you for your continued support.

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