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Joe Signore Opens the 2006 Season With Event 1 Win

By Edgar Perez

Englishtown, NJ, 03/11/06 - The new beginning of the eighth season of the East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge could not have been better. A three month layoff from visiting the track left us anxious to get it on again at the quarter mile. Many drivers were in favor of our annual non-points race being moved from the end of the season to the beginning. Our warm-up race was met with 54 Corvettes and 50 Corvette drivers making the first round with several others in attendance that could not make first round for one reason or another including Neil Vernarelli who was having MSD box issues (54 total). Attendance was up from the 36 drivers that made it out to last year's non-points race which is indicative of the move being a success. The warm-up was not only for the drivers as the weather cooperated as well with temperatures in the high 60's for this early March race and enough sunshine to catch drivers off guard on the sun block for an early sunburn. The Corvette Club of Delaware Valley was out in full force with significant participation form the club both in racer count and in fan count. They were the group in the stands with the red CCDV club racing tee shirts.

Runner Up Group Winner
Runner up John Trescott
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Winner Joe Signore, Coordinator Edgar Perez and Runner-up John Trescott
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Winner Joe Signore
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After three time trials, first round of the eliminations was set to go. We got to see two examples of the new flagship Chevrolet Corvette Z06 equipped with factory 427 cubic inch motor. Paul Pinajian was running his 2006 Victory Red Z06 Corvette and was dialed in at 12.18 and had the lead in his race against Bradley Jones in a 98 Corvette, when he ran under his dial at 12.07. Gary Harta had the other Z06, his is a 2006 Sunset Orange Z06 Corvette. Gary dialed his in at 12.10 and left the starting line with a .032 reaction time but was met with issues keeping the beast tamed and was off his dial and lost the round to eventual event runner-up John Trescott. Louis Calicchia was back for another season of competition with the same car and another combination. Calicchia has run one season with Nitrous, one all natural and this season is back with a whistle sporting a Pro Charger supercharger under the hood walking the 11.50 line. He was paired with poet Ed Mowton who treated us to The Night Before the ECS Corvette Challenge Opener. Mowton was so excited to be at the track that he let it get the best of him and lit the red light sending Calicchia to the second round. Paul Ziajski was out with his extremely versatile 2002 Corvette Z06 sporting twin turbos. Ziajski, competing in all three series' this year, was dialed exactly 10.0 with the car and took a first round win running 10.091 @ 137.51 over Ralph Blauvelt when Blauvelt ran under trying to stay ahead of the this super fast Corvette. In tracking our finalist for the day, we saw Trescott get the win against the new Z and Joe Signore, in a convertible dialed 13.50, the legal limit without having a rollbar or hard top, took the win over Ross Bartick in his 2002 Torch Red Z06 with a better reaction time.

Team CCDV
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For round two, only 25 cars left and Challenge rookie, Jim Kasmala, would get the bye run thanks to his number one seed on the ladder which he earned with first round best reaction time of .018. He took the new-to-him 99 Torch Red Convertible with white top to the starting line and bettered that with a .016 single run. This was a round of great lights as John Trescott cut a .009 light that really was not needed as Dave Olejnik had already gone red giving him the win. Tony Abbruzze made it almost impossible for Bill Fischer to catch him when he cut a .008 light in his 1979 Corvette for his round win. The best light of this round went to Glenn Schaul in his 1987 White Corvette Coupe, in which he has competed all eight years of the Corvette Challenge. Glenn's .002 reaction time was better than Calicchia's .029 but the race was hard to call and he broke out staying ahead of the 11.50 dialed supercharged Corvette of Calicchia. Joe Signore had 10-second Ziajski on the other side of the tree on the way to the final. The lights were .07 seconds apart with Signore having the advantage and having to judge the fast charging Ziajski at the finish. Signore did it taking a very tight margin of victory giving Ziajski the rest of the day off, or so we thought.


2006 Event 1 Ladder

Round three and 13 Corvettes left. Trescott got the free pass based on his position on the ladder and took a test drive running out his new cammed Corvette and ran 11.872 at 115.76 mph to ready for the next round. 2005 Champion Ralph Savarese took his third "fear factor" win of the day when Eric Fischer took his turn going red against him. While taking the red light wins, Savarese was running deadly on the tree and on the dial knowing no matter what happened, he was destined to stay at the five star hotel and restaurant I usually refer to as the "Hotel Perez". Chris Haase, having his best day as a Corvette Challenge racer, clipping a new personal best ET and getting his run flats into the 1.9 60' range, took his third round win of the day when our last Event winner, Sheila Murchan, ran under in another tight finish. Signore advanced to the next round while paired against Jerry "Boogieman" Muniz when Muniz was off on the tree and off on his dial.

On to round four and the biggest anomaly I have yet to see in the Corvette Challenge. There were 7 Corvettes left. Of the 7 Corvettes, four were convertibles (video). Signore, Kasmala and Farley sporting the soft tops holding them down to 13.50 ET and Haase with a hardtop leaving him to roam free at any ET. In addition, 6 of the 7 were fifth generation Corvettes with Savarese the odd man out here. Speaking of odd, he would be the only one to get a free pass. This round, the ladder, not "fear factor", was to got Savarese a win. Savarese ran out his 400 cubic inch 1985 Corvette to an 11.041 at 121.49 mph in the single. Jim "Hoosier" Kasmala, enjoying a nice day in his first Challenge race was up against Signore this round. Almost heads-up with Kasmala at 13.58 to Signore's 13.50 this would be fun. That is until Kasmala went red. In his first race, Kasmala was under .020 on the tree three times so let's keep an eye out for this Corvette Challenge rookie. Trescott advanced when Calicchia went red and Rob Farley got the best of Haase with a .027 to .043 reaction time advantage and both drivers breaking out, Farley by .002

Signore was paired with Savarese in round 5 (semi-final) who he had never defeated. Signore would leave first with a .035 light and 13.50 dial and Savarese would follow with a .047 and 11.04 dial. With the close start the top end would be good. The drivers attempted to peddle themselves a win and both cars crossed the finish line at the same time,...virtually. Neither can tell with their eye who won. Of course we know Signore won now, but he took the stripe by only seven thousandths of a second! Trescott did not have to peddle it at all for his win. Talk about a tight dial, Trescott annihilated the tree with a .008 light and then ran dead-on with a 2. What does that mean? He dialed 11.90 and ran 11.902. That is a package of 1 hundredth. His opponent, Farley, had no answer for that package.

Both drivers in this final were in their third Corvette Challenge final. Signore took the win in 2004 Event 5 over John Mackey and was runner up to Savarese in the 2004 Top 16 race. Trescott was twice the runner-up, 2005 Event 3 to John Hadyniak and 2001 Event 7 to Savarese. Signore, coming off the personal success of defeating Savarese, was dialed in 13.50 again and was off clean with a .080 light. Trescott after being almost perfect just a few minutes ago, was on the gas as hard as he could and was early lighting the red light for him and the win light for Signore (video) . The win light was met with cheers from Signore's teammates, the Corvette Club of Delaware Valley, as can be seen on the video. Congratulations to all who participated in today's event.

Summary of driver Dial-In times

Time 10 11 12 13 14 Total
# 1 12 18 12 7 50
% 2.00% 24.00% 36.00% 24.00% 14.00% 100%

Other Awards Handed Out at this Event

  • Event winner Joe Signore went home with $300 cash, a $100 gift certificate from Pro Torque, a tee shirt from Speed Dawg Apparel and winner trophy.
  • Runner-up John Trescott went home with $150 cash, a $50 gift certificate from Pro Torque and runner-up trophy.
  • Semi-finalists included Ralph Savarese and Rob Farley who won $75 cash.
  • Jim Kasmala won the 'John Panuzzo Jr. Memorial' trophy presented by Team Panuzzo Racing for the best winning reaction time in the 1st round. Jim Kasmala was quickest on the tree in the 1st round when his RT was .018.
  • Ron Lynch won the 'Almost Perfect Award' with a loss in the 1st round with the red light closest to .000 (Almost Perfect). Ron Lynch's light was -0.010 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.
  • Glenn Schaul won the CCDV 'Closest to Dial Award' by running only .006 off his dial. Glenn Schaul 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 Buonassisi won the 'Ohh so Close Award' presented by Zaino when being edged out in the 1st round by the smallest margin of victory of .0064. 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 Buonassisi 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 54 cars making this event, United Racing gave out quite a few trophies or 1st Round Trophy Upgrade Program credits.

2005 Corvette Challenge Awards Banquet, March 25, 2006

Due to the snow storm on our original banquet date, you now have an opportunity to come out to join us March 25, 2006 for our banquet. The banquet is open to everyone and tickets are $35 per person. See Edgar Perez for tickets (no tickets will be sold at the door), and if you cannot find him, ask a Raceway Park official to have him paged. The ticket includes a meal and 5 hours of pure entertainment and celebration with fellow racers, sponsors and their friends and family. We will have door prizes, raffles and even an auction for some really cool items including a Dragster joy ride at the Harrington School of Drag Racing.

Next Two Races

With the non-points Warm Up race under our belts we look forward to the begining of the points season next week.

March 18, 2006 is the beginning of the Corvette Challenge points season. Points sign is not required to participate in the series so don't let that keep you away. If you do wish to sign up for points it is important you do before first round on March 18 to have points for the day count for you. In addition, March 18 marks the start of The Vette Doctors Pro 8 Shootout heads up racing. To race in the Pro 8 Shootout, you must sign up for Pro 8 points separately. Be sure and check out this hard racing action.

April 1, 2006 - This is no April fool's joke. This will be our second Corvette Challenge points day and will also mark the debut of our new series, the Cartek Racing Pro 10.0 index class. Another head ups class (separate signup required) in which cars cannot run under 10.0. Run whatcha brung but don't bring more than 10.0. We are hoping this will bring some really tight racing so don't miss this one either. See our schedule for racing on the top left of this page.

Visit the Drag Schedule at www.racewaypark.com to view Raceway Park's schedule for other events and days for test and tuning.

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The Corvette Challenge gives thanks to all of its supporting sponsors for whom without this series cannot be possible. Thanks go out to Corvette Challenge - East Coast Supercharging | Yank Racing Converters | Gear Star Transmission | United Racing | Team Panuzzo | Corvette Club of Delaware Valley - CCDV | Spectrum Equipment Service | Simple Man | QTP - Quick Time Performance | Neverlift Racecraft | Kooks Custom Headers | CFM Racing | Tortolani Racing | Anger Management Racing | Speed Dawg Performance Apparel | East Coast Corvettes | Zaino Bros | Pro Torque | Perez Web Design

Pro 8 Shootout - The Vette Doctors | Neverlift Racecraft | Mitchell's Home Security | PM Construction

Pro 10.0 Index - Cartek Racing | Silly Goose Racing Stables | Best Western, East Brunswick, NJ | Marchese Homes, LLC, Lucid Diagnostic Imaging Serives, LLC

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