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John Panuzzo Takes Event 7 Win Becoming Seventh Different Winner in '05

By Edgar Perez

Englishtown, NJ, 08/06/05 - The seventh event of the East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge presented by Romar Fabrication gave us our seventh different winner in 2005. Not only do we have seven different winners in seven events, we have 13 different finalists in 2005 thus far with only points leader John Hadyniak making the final twice this year. Today's event followed the East Coast Corvette Show & Go in which several of our drivers scored wins in those classes. We also had a number of Vette Doctor Pro 8 racers participating in the bracket races today for the August 7th Pro 8 Shootout. Attendance was good again this weekend as 61 drivers made it to first round out the 63 that paid their entry fee to the event.

Runner Up Bob Sebrowski ALIGN= Bob Trieschmann, Runner-up Bob Sebrowski, Winner John Panuzzo, Edgar Perez Winner John Panuzzo
Runner Up Bob Sebrowski Bob Trieschmann, Runner-up Bob Sebrowski, Winner John Panuzzo, Edgar Perez Winner John Panuzzo

Round 1 of the event featured only the second winning perfect light in the seven year history of the Corvette Challenge. Edgar Perez won his 1st round match up with a perfect .000 reaction time and ran just two hundredths off his 11.80 dial. Mike Romain in 2002 is the other driver to accomplish the feat. John Panuzzo was in the first pair on the track and won a very close race again Tony Abbruzze. Panuzzo dialed 12.93 vs. Abbruzze's 13.20 would have the pair off almost heads-up. Abbruzze cut a superb .020 light and ran away from Panuzzo bur ran under by .08 giving Panuzzo the win who also ran under but only by .04. Also in the first, non-points driver, David Romancheck, broke a winless slump when he won his first Corvette Challenge race surviving a not so great light when his opponent Laura Thomas could not run her number. Bob Sebrowski advance to the next round by taking out Troy Nikola in a double breakout race. Nikola, dialed 13.00 ran under by a tenth to Sebrowski's 11.904 on 11.97 dial.

In Round 2 we were on a ladder with 30 Corvettes remaining. At the request of several drivers, the track was spayed a little and breakouts ran rampant. The right lane was a little slippery before being sprayed from all the street tire action it saw in the mornings event. Panuzzo again would lead the pack onto the track, this time against Paul Bogdan's 97 Corvette dialed 13.27. In a double breakout race, Panuzzo took the win being only .02 under to Bogdan who was .09 under. In a key title implication match up, Ralph Savarese had to square off against Chris Young. This race may be the race to turn the season backward for the non victorious driver so you could bet it would be close. Savarese, former champion, educated the younger Young on just what it takes to win as he was on the shorter side of another double breakout race. Savarese ran 11.411 on 11.42 dial while Young ran 11.510 on 11.60 as he continues to battle suspension configuration and will be returning to Neverlift Racecraft for additional tweaking. Sebrowski continued the path to the final with a win over George Geipel when his .038 reaction bettered Geipel's respectable .098. Another victim of the "breakout" round was points leader John Hadyniak who made his earliest exit this season but still holds the lead. Hadyniak dialed 11.98 and was taken by surprise when the win light came up in the left for James Finnessey who ran 13.402 on a 12.31 dial.

2005 Event 7 Ladder
On to Round 3 and again Panuzzo led us out to the track. This time wit would be against Al Conner who recently switched to using his A4 96 Vette his son Keith normally drives instead of his Yellow Z06. Conner likes racing the car better so Keith might need to brush up on his shifting skills when he is back racing. This time however, Conner was late on the tree and Panuzzo made him pay running 12.963 on his 12.87 dial at 97.95 MPH. Sebrowski followed against Frank Fiori. Sebrowski would come on with an 11.90 dial to Fiori's 12.60. As Fiori left the tree went red as he left just .005 early handing the win to Sebrowski. Dave Romancheck continue is new found winning ways taking the in over Sheila Murchan who also went red. Jim Veltioi of Valley Cottage, NY was a winner again in this round, this time over Top 10 contender Dan Swadis. Veltioi keeps his drag racing to a minimum but faired well today racing in the Challenge and the Show & Go...with Autocross tires. While also the benefactor of a red, he ran his car out getting an impressive 11.555 @ 115.35 from his silver 85 Corvette.

Round 4 would see the end to Romancheck's day as he faced Panuzzo. Romancheck was in the race as he cut the better light with a.044 but his luck ran out as he broke out running 12.186 @ 116.68 on a 12.20 dial. Panuzzo ran dead on 12.89 with a five. Veltioi's day was done when James Finnessey as the benefactor of an almost three tenths reaction time advantage. Sebrowski won his quarter final when his opponent Ralph Savarese went red with a -.003. Rich Shuleski, who was runner-up in his class in the morning session was the benefactor of the bye run into the semis.

Round 5 and the Final Four and only 1 driver remaining who has won this year. Panuzzo was first up against Rich Shuleski in his 6 speed Grand Sport. Shuleski had a reaction time advantage by almost a tenth but after well over 10 runs in the day, he missed a shift and Panuzzo captured the win and his first birth into the finals in 2005. Sebrowski would take out the other manual shifter, Finnessey who won earlier this year. Ironically, Finnessey lost third gear before eliminations started and was running by shifting 2nd to 4th and had made it this far. This time however, he could not execute and ran well off his dial make it a coasting win for Sebrowski.

Round 6 and the final round of the day would ensure a first time 2005 winner although both drivers have won in the past. There were many comments as to why Panuzzo made it to final today and mostly about Ms. Corvette touching the hood of his car for luck. Will little did we know how much luck it was to be. Panuzzo would leave first with a 12.89 dial to Sebrowski's 11.87. Many of the fans in the stands knew Panuzzo left the tree late....very late. Sebrowski's departure went unnoticed but it was unusually late for him. So Panuzzo gets a break because Sebrowski was a little late but then he got an even bigger break when Sebrowski could not run his number. Sebrowski ran 11.997 on the .87 dial giving Panuzzo the opportunity to make up the .09 difference on the tree while running 12.905 o his .89 dial. So Panuzzo takes the win despite having a less than stellar day on the tree proving once again, it is sometimes better to be lucky than good. Panuzzo won the six rounds despite never getting a light under .109. In the words of Mel Allen on This Week in Baseball..."How about that?"

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CCDV Continues Dominance in the Corvette Challenge Club Challenge Cup Competition

Corvette Challenge sponsor, The Corvette Club of Delaware Valley, continued dominance over The County Corvette Association, (CCA1). CCDV drivers hold a 113 to 31 point lead now. CCA1 members seem to be down to just Al Conner who is trying his best on his own and scored 4 points for the club today. CCDV earned a 2 point bonus as both Tony Buonassisi and Edgar Perez making it to the second round. In addition, they received 8 points from 8 drivers in attendance. 2005 Club Challenge Standings.

Bob Korreck Takes the Lead for the 2005 Silly Goose Racing Stables Rookie of the Year Race

Bob Korreck won his first round matchup and Doug Bereczki did not giving Korreck the points lead in the rookie race. Neil Vernarelli moved into fourth place while Kyle Nikola did not make the event but holds onto third with tiebreaker points. The race is still very tight so let's give our rookies the encouragement they need to go on. Rookie Points Standings click here

Corvette Challenge Drivers Dominate the Show & Go

Several Corvette Challenge regulars won their classes in the East Coast Show & today. Chris Young defeated Frank Schear in their final. Mark Shaw won his final. Jerry Muniz defeated Bob Korreck in their final. Don Peppler took his 67 to the Class A win and David Hollingshead was also a winner in the C class. In addition Rich Shuleski was 1 round short of winning his class taking the runner-up. Congratulate the drivers on The Corvette Forum

Other Awards Handed Out at this Event

  • Event winner John Panuzzo went home with $300 cash, a $100 gift certificate from Pro Torque, a tee shirt from Speed Dawg Apparel and winner trophy.
  • Runner-up Bob Sebrowski went home with $150 cash, a $50 gift certificate from Pro Torque and runner-up trophy.
  • Semi-finalists included Rich Shuleski and James Finnessey who won $75 cash.
  • Edgar Perez 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. Edgar Perez was quickest on the tree in the 1st round when his RT was .000.
  • Ralph Blauvelt won the 'Almost Perfect Award' with a loss in the 1st round with the red light closest to .000 (Almost Perfect). Ralph Blauvelt's light was -0.011 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.
  • Tony Buonassisi won the CCDV 'Closest to Dial Award' by running only .012 off his dial. Tony Buonassisi 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 Kovitch won the 'Ohh so Close Award' presented by Zaino when being edged out in the 1st round by the smallest margin of victory of .0012. 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 Kovitch 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 62 cars making this event, United Racing gave out quite a few trophies or 1st Round Trophy Upgrade Program credits.

Next race

The Corvette Challenge gets a much needed break as we have just completed four races in five weeks. The next race will be on September 3, 2005 at 9 AM. Enjoy your time off or get some seat time in to improve your skills before the next race. Visit the Drag Schedule at http://www.racewaypark.com to view the schedule.

We couldn't do it without our sponsors

The Corvette Challenge gives thanks to all of its supporting sponsors for whom without this series cannot be possible. Thanks go out to East Coast Supercharging | Romar Fabrication | United Racing | The Vette Doctors | Team Panuzzo | Corvette Club of Delaware Valley - CCDV | Silly Goose Racing Stables | Simple Man | Marotta Racing | QTP - Quick Time Performance | Neverlift Racecraft | SLP Performance Parts | Pro Torque | Kooks Custom Headers | CFM Racing | Tortolani Racing | Anger Management Racing | FINEST Racing | Speed Dawg Performance Apparel | East Coast Corvettes | PCM for Less | Zaino Bros | Perez Web Design

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