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Chris Young finds his "Mojo" and wins 2005 Event 1

Englishtown, NJ, 03/19/05 - The 2005 East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge season got off to a great start with many new drivers and many more retuning drivers. What seemed like the longest winter ever, seemed to come to an end or least took a break, to allow us to get our first Event of 2005 with our jackets off. Temperatures were cooperative and close to 50 with a mixture of clouds and sunshine. It was good enough to bring out 86 Corvette drivers to participate today with many others there to check out the events. You may be wondering about today's headline. As the final call was made for Corvette drivers to get to the staging lanes, Chris Young and team were desperately trying to bolt on a new spindle. The threads were stripped but not Young's hopes of participating. He quickly jumped on his scooter and looked for Frank "Mr Mojo" Schear at the head of the lanes. Mojo agreed to share his car with Chris, even though Chris had never taken a time shot in it. More on Chris' day in a minute.

Runner-up Don Peppler Jr. Runner-up Don Peppler Jr., Frank Winner Chris Young
Runner-up Don Peppler Jr. Runner-up Don Peppler Jr., Frank "Mr. Mojo" Schear, Winner Chris Young, Bob Trieschmann Winner Chris Young

The ECS Corvette Challenge, started its seventh season and showed no signs of slowing down and was off to a great start with 12 points rookies and another dozen new drivers trying the series for the first time. There is no doubt, the bug has been caught by some new drivers. We again hosted every generation with three C6's and the C1 now driven by "Corvette" Neil Vernarelli as Louis has handed the wheel to the kid. The new ET rules allowing an ET of 11.50 for Coupes and Hardtops and 13.50 for Convertibles made quite a few drivers happy, if not relieved, to have the extra half-second for their dial. In addition, we were graced with not one, but two "King of the Hill" ZR-1 Corvettes. It was a great day for participation.

We start our look at Chris Young's day with his second time trial. Young, out with a new 4400 stall converter, was treating us to some serious wheel lifting launches when, for the second time in as many weeks, the spindle snapped under the stress of some low 1.40 launches. Fellow racer, Rick White, had a spare with him which he gave way up and Chris had to get the repair done with help of a loaner spindle from Rick White and Ralph Savarese and John Panuzzo wrenching with him. Time ran short and ultimately they could not the car back together for first round. In stepped Mojo. Young jumped in the Schear C4 after he took his first round win. Since he had not been in the car before, Young went with a conservative dial of 12.75 against Jim Kovitch dialed 13.42. Young got away with one as the car ran 12.879 but Kovitch ran under his dial at 13.413, crossing the finish line first by .04 but the breakout gave the win to Young. In the second round Mojo lost so it was up to Young to bring Mojo's Vette to the winner's circle. Young dialed it in at 12.80 and staged the car extremely carefully as Donald Sanservino dialed in at 13.55 was waiting for the start of the race. The lights dropped and Donald left a little too earlier with a -.021 red and again Young getting the win. Round three we were on the ladder and Young drew Rich Shuleski in the Yellow C5. Young would leave first dialed 12.90 and Shuleski would chase dialed at 12.10. Shuleski had the starting line advantage by a tenth and caught Young and blew by him at the finish but he too was too quick as he broke out running 12.078 as Young dumped it and took the win light again. In the fourth round Young would draw John Hadyniak who finished in our Top 10 last year. Young would leave first with a 12.88 to Hadyniak's 11.67 406 cubic inch Red White and Blue C3. Hadyniak got the best of Young on both ends with a better light and ET but his ET was also too quick as he broke out handing Young another win at 11.664 on the .67 dial and trip to the semi-finals. By round 6 Young was getting the hang of the "Mojo-Mobile" and cut .046 light and ran 12.897 on 12.88 dial easily taking the uncontested bye run and setting himself for his first career Corvette Challenge final.

2005 Event 1 Ladder

On the other side of the ladder, we look at another one of last year's top drivers, Don Peppler Jr. The Blue 67 Corvette with the contingency stickers and more importantly, seven gold event win stickers, was ready to go. How ready was evident in his first round reaction time of .006 on his 13.25 dial vs. Laura Thomas dialed 14.10 in her 91 Vette. As they say, this one was over early, and Peppler took the win coasting with a 13.568. Second round Peppler faced 2004 two-time winner Vic Gandhi. This one was tight start to finish. Peppler took a slight RT advantage and his 13.23 dial to the finish line to Gandhi's 12.51 dial. Gandhi chased hard but fell .0247 short of passing him at the stripe and Peppler moved on. Round three Peppler used a huge RT advantage to defeat George Chambers in his 2000 Vette. Peppler ran 13.424 on 13.20 dial that round. In round four, Peppler needed and caught a break. Cutting his worst light of the day and a .07 RT deficit to make up against Lonnie Bonn in his 88 Corvette. Bonn, first time racing the Challenge, left first and Peppler chased and could not catch him. However Bonn, dialed 13.70, was on the way to a breakout lighting the board at 13.666 and the win light for Peppler. Round five was against Bob Sebrowski. Peppler left first and put together a nice package running 13.247 on 13.20 dial with a .061 light as Sebrowski, dialed 11.71 had to wait and could not wait any longer when the car leapt to a -.024 red getting Peppler into the semi final. At this point, it was only 2004 Champion Rob Farley standing in the way of Peppler's first ECS Corvette Challenge final. Peppler dialed up to 13.22. Farley would leave first with a 13.43 dial. The tree came down and he could hardly hit the tree any better but on the wrong side as he was red by -.002. Peppler took the "time run" at 13.253 and a trip to the final for the first time in the Corvette Challenge.

So it was Chris Young and Don Peppler in the final and a guaranteed first time Corvette Challenge winner. Young seemed to adjust to the borrowed car very well. He dialed in 12.86 vs. Peppler's 13.23. Cooler air seemed to come over the track just before the final and it was evident in a double breakout final. Young cut his best light at .033 and had a .049 advantage at the start. Peppler held on to take the stripe by .006 but did not get the win. In a double breakout race the driver that breaks out by the least is the winner. Peppler broke out by .15 to Young’s breakout of just .10 in a very close race. Understandably a very exciting day for both drivers and now the queue is building to borrow Mojo's car for the next race.

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Summary of driver Dial-In times

Time 10 11 12 13 14 Total
# 2 13 24 31 8 78
% 2.56% 16.67% 30.77% 39.74% 10.26% 100%

CCDV takes early lead in the Corvette Challenge Club Challenge Cup Competition

Corvette Challenge sponsor, The Corvette Club of Delaware Valley, comes in to the season as the two-year Club Challenge Cup defending Champions. With newly signed members, Rob Farley and Jerry Muniz in addition to retuning and new club recruits, CCDV is in position for a third title. CCDV comes in with 16 members. The County Corvette Association, (CCA1), is second with 4 drivers but will be adding more. At today's event team CCDV had 13 team members racing scoring 13 points for them and earned a bonus of 6 points by virtue of Rob Farley's semi-final appearance. CCA1 had three members present scoring 3 points in addition to the bonus of 2 points by virtue of Ronald Whittaker's second round appearance. 2005 Club Challenge Standings.

Doug Bereczki takes the early lead in the 2005 Silly Goose Racing Stables Rookie of the Year Race

We have started the season with a rookie class of 14 rookies. Doug Bereczki took the lead with a two round win performance leaving the day with 4 points. The lead is small as four drivers are in site with three points each, Peter Zoltek, Kenneth Gallassio, Tom Sabolevsky and Ronald Whittaker. The rookie of the year battle promises to be a close one this season so keep a close watch.

Other Awards Handed Out at this Event

  • Event winner Chris Young went home with $250 cash, a $100 gift certificate from Pro Torque and winner trophy.
  • Runner-up Don Peppler Jr. went home with $125 cash, a $50 gift certificate from Pro Torque and runner-up trophy.
  • Semi-finalists included Rob Farley and who won $60 cash.
  • Martin Cavanagh 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. Martin Cavanagh was quickest on the tree in the 1st round when his RT was .002.
  • Ioannis Hadjiioannou won the 'Almost Perfect Award' with a loss in the 1st round with the red light closest to .000 (Almost Perfect). Ioannis Hadjiioannou's light was -0.008 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.
  • Phillip Goldberg won the CCDV 'Closest to Dial Award' by running only .004 off his dial. Phillip Goldberg was awarded a trophy and free tech card for a future race from Corvette Club of Delaware Valley.
  • Ohh so Close Award of Zaino productsJames Peins won the 'Ohh so Close Award' presented by Zaino when being edged out in the 1st round by the smallest margin of victory of .0071. That number is the MOV number on your time slip. Although suffering a loss 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 86 cars making this event, United Racing gave out quite a few trophies or 1st Round Trophy Upgrade Program credits.

Other Notable Performances

Rookie racer Chris Gray is in the hunt to pick up some contingency from QTP if he can win an event this year as his 2004 Commemorative Edition Z06 is wearing the required QTP headers. Chris did not get far but he did pick up a personal best today with the QTP Headers, Vararam and ECS tuning. Chris got the near stock Z06 to run 11.611 @ 119.77 with a 1.760 60 foot on F1 Super Car tire.

Mark Shaw and Mike Conway were out racing their Pro 8 contenders as Mark brought his C3 into the 9's and Mike was knocking on the door in the low 10's. We look forward to seeing these two quick cars on April 2nd. Don't miss it.

Troy Nikola, who raced last year, convinced his brother Kyle to come out the Challenge in his C6. Little did they know that they would end up racing each other. Troy's, Anger Management enhanced C5 ran 12.924 as he watched brother Kyle's C6 breakout running 13.186 on 13.40 dial. Brother Troy needs to teach a Kyle a few things about hitting the brakes.

Next race

The next race will be on April 2, 2005 at 9 AM. It is not only the 2nd Event for the ECS Corvette Challenge bracket series but also the first Vette Doctors Pro 8 Shootout heads-up series. the Pro 8 is open to all Corvette Challenge participants that are signed up for points. If you wish to participate, you can sign up for points at the track anytime before the event. 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 $218. Al Betz won the 50/50 collected the winnings of $109. The Corvette Challenge donated the other have to St. Peters church in Jersey City to Sister Grace for the Toys for Teens & Tots fund from the East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge. To date we have donated $109 for a total of $109 to the organization for 2005. Thank you for your continued support.

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