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James Finnessey Captures First ECS Corvette Challenge Event 2

By Rob Farley

Englishtown, NJ, 07/23/05 - The East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge presented by Romar Fabrication Event 2 (rain make up) had 43 racers in the lanes for first round. Today was a hot day but we were saved by not having high humidity. Many racers were having traction problems during the day. Most drivers had to dial their cars for possible tire spin. One of our racers lost his roof panel while racing. John Panuzzo was seen exiting his car just before going under the tower with this confused look on his face. Bob Korreck yelled to John Panuzzo to get his attention and Panuzzo replied quickly "I lost my weather station." John Panuzzo mistakenly placed his weather station in Bob Korreck's car. Many drivers took advantage of the unlimited time shots because we were the only event scheduled for the afternoon racing. John Panuzzo arrived at the track to watch the Mitsubishi's run the quarter mile. Unknown to John, he was not aware that a Corvette could not race. Mrs. Panuzzo would like to thank Rob Farley for baby sitting John for almost 5 hours at his home. Rob is now attending therapy.

Today Frank Fiori was tuning his new 383 engine combo while Chris Young was still battling traction and weight transfer. The CCDV had 7 racers racing today. Tony Buonassisi was all smiles after taking out Rob Farley in round 2. Tony was able to add an additional 3 points for the CCDV club points for going three rounds. Chris Young and John Hadyniak made a move in the points. Event 5 winner Ralph Savarese was unable to attend today's race because he was on a Caribbean cruise and Bill Fischer Sr. could not make it because he was on an Alaskan cruise. Ellis Gray was unable to race today due to his father having open heart surgery this week. We wish Don Gray a speedy recovery.

Runner Up John Hadyniak ALIGN= Bob Trieschmann, Runner-up Bob Korreck, Winner Ralph Savarese Winner James Finnessey
Runner Up John Hadyniak Bob Trieschmann, Runner-up John Hadyniak, Winner James Finnessey, Dennis Kazimir Winner James Finnessey

In Round 1 James (Finn) Finnessey was battling traction problems as most drivers were. James Yellow ZO6 was spinning consistently and he made it look so easy to dial. Frank Schear was paired up against Al Connor in round 1. Frank dialed 13.00 to Al's 14.27. It was a double breakout with Al running 14.21 to Frank's winning 12.98. Eric Fischer was running extremely consistent in his Green C5. Rob Farley won round 1 against Tony Abbruzze by .09 which was also the difference between the two reaction times. Bob Korreck and John Panuzzo met in round one. Bob had the starting line advantage over John giving Bob the win by a small Margin of Victory (MOV).

In round 2 the drivers had a ladder. John Hadyniak, with his C3, was up against Frank Schear's C4. Frank knew he had to hit the tree hard since John was consistent and having great reaction times. Frank went red and ran dead on with a 2 on his 13.00 dial. John ran an 11.99 to his 11.98 dial. Tony Buonassisi went up against the incoming points leader Rob Farley. Tony and Rob had .028 lights but Rob lost the race after launching with his wheels spinning to almost the sixty foot mark. Bob Korreck had a free pass when his opponent in a C6 went red with a -.017.

The bye run for round 3 was earned by John Hadyniak. Johns double O light in round 2 was unbeatable. Bob Korreck letting the pressure get to him went -.006 red against Ioannis Hadjiioannou.

In the semis it was Chris Young and John Hadyniak. Chris left first with a .067 to John's .076. Chris had his car dialed for wheel spin thinking since he had spun his tires all day that this round would not be any different. John left the line with a little wheel spin but that did not hurt him much since he also dialed his C3 for wheel spin. At the top end it was John taking the stripe. Chris had very little wheel spin off the line which made him lift just after the thousand foot mark. Chris was on the brakes just after the thousand foot mark and still broke out by a tenth. A great effort by Chris but John was running his number all day.

The finals were run with the sun setting. James (Finn) Finnessey with his yellow ZO6 was up against John Hadyniak in his Patriotic C3. It was a hard day for Finn to keep the tire spin to a minimum and also trying to be competitive on street tires. Yes, that is correct James had made it to the finals while using street tires on his ZO6. John was also having the same trouble with tire spin. Both drivers staged and were ready to go. The lights came down and both drivers had green lights. You were able to hear the wheel spin from both cars as they left the line. At the top end it was a double breakout with Finn taking the win over John. Congratulations to Finn for his First final round appearance and win. This was John's second final round appearance having won earlier this year in Event 3.

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4-Way Points Tie for the 2005 Silly Goose Racing Stables Rookie of the Year Race

Four drivers hold the points tie for first place in the Rookie of the Year Chase. Neil Vernarelli and Doug Bereczki are totally tied with both having the same tiebreak number and Kyle Nikola hold a slight tiebreak edge over Bob Korreck from Florida. Rookie Points Standings click here

Other Awards Handed Out at this Event

  • Event winner James Finnessey went home with $300 cash, a $100 gift certificate from Pro Torque and winner trophy.
  • Runner-up John Hadyniak went home with $150 cash, a $50 gift certificate from Pro Torque and runner-up trophy.
  • Semi-finalists included Chris Young and who won $75 cash.
  • John Hadyniak 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. John Hadyniak was quickest on the tree in the 1st round when his RT was .004.
  • Neil Vernarelli won the 'Almost Perfect Award' with a loss in the 1st round with the red light closest to .000 (Almost Perfect). Neil Vernarelli's light was -0.013 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.
  • Jerry Muniz won the CCDV 'Closest to Dial Award' by running only .006 off his dial. Jerry Muniz was awarded a trophy and free tech card for a future race from Corvette Club of Delaware Valley.
  • Ohh so Close Award of Zaino productsTony Abbruzze won the 'Ohh so Close Award' presented by Zaino when being edged out in the 1st round by the smallest margin of victory of .0093. That number is the MOV number on your time slip. Although suffering a loss in the 1st round by the smallest Margin of Victory, Tony Abbruzze 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 43 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 July 30, 2005 at 9 AM. The race features not only the ECS Corvette Challenge Bracket class but the third race for the The Vette Doctors Pro 8 Shootout presented by Neverlift Racecraft Visit the Drag Schedule at 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 $216. One lucky winner won the 50/50 and received $108. This week's winner was racer Frank Fiori's wife. Congratulations. The Corvette Challenge donated 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. To date we have donated $115, $216, $109, $178, $108 for a total of $718 to the organization for 2005. Thank you for your continued support.

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