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Vic Gandhi Gets First 2005 win in Event 6

By Rob Farley and Edgar Perez

Englishtown, NJ, 07/30/05 - The East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge presented by Romar Fabrication Event 6 had 80 racers in attendance for a hot and humid day. Most racers where only able to get two time shots today. Bill Fischer Sr was the crew chief to his son Eric. Bill was not able to race today due to transmission problems. Ellis Gray was testing his new engine combo today. We had Craig Gingerich with his 2001 coupe come up from Florida to race. Craig is currently in third place in The Rev Extreme Corvette Challenge in Bradenton, Florida. Craig also won the National Dragster Challenge in Florida and is now nicknamed Mr. Wally for having won the Wally trophy. Sheila Murchan would like to thank John Hadyniak, Robert Hollingshead and Bob Sebrowski for repairing her car in the hot weather so she was able to continue to race. The CCDV club had 10 point racers racing today with an additional 2 non points racers.

In addition to today's bracket action, The Vette Doctors Pro 8 Race 3 was held today and won by Paul Ziajski. Click for Vette Doctors Pro 8 Shootout Race 3 action.

Runner Up Gene Paterno ALIGN= Bob Trieschmann, Winner Vic Gandhi, Runner-up Gene Paterno, Edgar Perez, Winner Vic Ganhi ALIGN=
Runner Up Gene Paterno Bob Trieschmann, Winner Vic Gandhi, Runner-up Gene Paterno, Edgar Perez Winner Vic Gandhi

In Round 1, Chris Young was playing it safe by holding a few tenths against Al Connor. Al Connor dialed a 14.02 and ran dead on with a .002. Don Peppler was another tough driver in Round 1. Don went up against Ellis Gray knowing that Ellis had the horsepower with his new engine. Don dialed 13.50 to Ellis's 11.57. Don went 13.51 to Ellis's 11.51. Ellis was trying to push Don through the beams hoping for him to breakout but broke out himself. John Panuzzo went red trying to get a perfect light against David Tortolani. Craig Gingerich from Florida went -.006 red against Troy Nikola. Our 2003 Champion, Joe Blass, returned with his immaculate black C4 to race today. Joe has been battling an overheating problem causing him to sit out most of the season but unfortunately lost first round. Event 5 winner, James (Finn) Finnessey, arrived late and was unable to make any time shots. Finn decided to put a 12.62 on the window and ran a 12.699 but was not able to take the win. Vic Gandhi started his way to event win by beating Mike Conway on the tree and carrying it to finish coasting threw the traps. Gene Paterno, Staten Island, NY, had lady luck on his side as Ed Mowton brought his wife to the track and must have had her on his mind when he cut a .001 light and was well on his way to a win but likely missed a shift run well over his dial giving Paterno the easy win.

Round 2 had Glenn Murphy taking out Rob Farley. Glenn knew he had to dial his Vette tight to take out Rob. Rob had the better light but was unable to run the number while Glenn ran .02 over his dial. Vic Gandhi took Don Peppler when the drivers had almost identical reaction times but Peppler could not run the number giving Gandhi the win. Paterno cut a .048 light and ran 12.094 on his 11.98 dial when his opponent, Ken Baransky cut a late light and could not keep the lead.

2005 Event 2 Ladder
Round 3 racers where paired by the ladder. Glenn Murphy spun hard off the line causing a bad light giving the win to Bob Trieschmann. Paterno was the benefactor of a red light by Ray Sztabnik and he took the free pass running 12.000 @ 112.44 on 11.98 dial. Gandhi was given a win when Dan Swadis went -.028 red and ran the free pass with a 12.752 @ 104.70 on the 12.74 dial.

Round 4 Gene Paterno took out points leader John Hadyniak when Hadyniak went -.011 red. The cars were dial pretty close with Paterno at 12.08 to Hadyniak’s 11.90. Al Conner cut the best light of the round using his .019 RT to defeated Trieschmann. In another almost heads-up dial race, Gandhi (12.74) go the win when Frank Fiori (12.78) went red -.017.

Round 5 with five cars left Gandhi got the bye run and went red so he aborted the run. Paterno cut the better light again Al Conner whose light was way off, and too the win running 12.109 on 12.08 dial while Conner broke out trying to catch him. Round 6 was Al Betz against Vic Gandhi while Gene Paterno had the bye run. Gene decided to let the car cool down and watch Al and Vic battle it out. Al was having a great day until he went red against Vic who cut a stellar .037 of his own.

Round 6 and the Final round was Vic Gandhi verse Gene Paterno. Vic was running very consistent and hitting the tree hard all day. Vic is no stranger to the winners circle. Vic won Event 4 and Event 8 of last season. Gene has been racing the Corvette Challenge for two years and has never been in the finals. Gene is no stranger to racing as he has been racing for over 45 years. Gene said that he has always been a Chevrolet Man. Gene bought his Silver C5 in 2002 and started racing the Challenge the following year. While Gene was preparing for the final round, he said, "I can never go rounds because I am always making changes to the car - I am not making any more changes. It is fast enough for me now." Vic on the other hand "saved his best light for the final round" and cut a .017 light. He packaged that with a 12.726 on 12.71 dial making Gene break out trying to catch him. Great job by the drivers. Click for Final Video.

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Other Awards Handed Out at this Event

  • Event winner Vic Gandhi went home with $300 cash, a $100 gift certificate from Pro Torque, a tee shirt from Speed Dawg Apparel and winner trophy.
  • Runner-up Gene Paterno went home with $150 cash, a $50 gift certificate from Pro Torque and runner-up trophy.
  • Semi-finalists included Al Betz and who won $75 cash.
  • Bob Hollingshead 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. Bob Hollingshead was quickest on the tree in the 1st round when his RT was .007.
  • Craig Gingerich won the 'Almost Perfect Award' with a loss in the 1st round with the red light closest to .000 (Almost Perfect). Craig Gingerich's light was -0.006 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.
  • Al Conner won the CCDV 'Closest to Dial Award' by running only .002 off his dial. Al Conner was awarded a trophy and free tech card for a future race from Corvette Club of Delaware Valley.
  • Ohh so Close Award of Zaino productsEllis Gray won the 'Ohh so Close Award' presented by Zaino when being edged out in the 1st round by the smallest margin of victory of .0364. That number is the MOV number on your time slip. Although suffering a loss in the 1st round by the smallest Margin of Victory, Ellis Gray 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 80 cars making this event, United Racing gave out quite a few trophies or 1st Round Trophy Upgrade Program credits.

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