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Jim Kovitch Wins Event 2 For His First Corvette Challenge Win

By Sheila Murchan

Englishtown, NJ, 03/18/06 - Look what the March wind blew in - 79 Corvettes for the East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge first points race of 2006! [Plus another 10 for the ( Pro 8).] Neither sand, nor leaves, nor the dreaded hotdog wrapper through the timing light stayed these racers from their appointed 7 rounds. The CC points-chase produced many tight matches and a first time victor. Vettes blanketed E-town on Sat, 3/18, including several strong showings (by Ellis Gray, Mike Boniface and a few others) in the American Muscle event. As Edgar will detail, the The Vette Doctors Pro 8 Shootout (click here), was an awesome crowd pleaser - the final proving again that race results aren't a foregone conclusion, & that's why we run.

Runner Up Group Winner
Runner up Eric Fischer
Photo by Chris Young
Runner up Eric Fischer, Coordinator Edgar Perez and Winner Jim Kovitch
Photo by Chris Young
Winner Jim Kovitch
Photo by Chris Young

The wearing of the green was Friday, and the seeing of the red was Sat - 15 gun-jumpers in the first round alone, eight more 're-gifted' as the competition progressed. Even so, it was good racing across the board - with many of the matches decided at the stripe, in fractions of a second. (Like the 'BlackSheep Racing' between Devon & Jerry, rd 4 - perhaps the biggest nail-biter: JM runs .814 on a .80 dial/.031 RT, & DB counters with a .554 on a .54 dial/.091 RT …yeeeow!) The crisp late winter air was a boon for some, but not always when they hoped!

The big kudo of the day goes to Jim Kovitch - Mr. "Under the Radar" - using experience to earn his first event hardware. It's great to see a new face in the win column, especially someone who's been quietly lurking about the CC lanes since 2000. Behind those Foster Grants is an upbeat, quick-witted competitor - who also knows there's a bulls-eye on his points leader back. A devoted Vette owner & racer, this gracious winner enjoys the journey of competition, though he's not about to trade in the trophy!

Jim's white '88 Anniversary C4 iced the field with dead-on numbers (ok - mother nature provided the chill…but he is a cool customer). He won the first round on the brakes, taking out Chris Young (who appreciated Mojo's good sportsmanship); in round 2, Jim ran a .467 on a .45 dial - and Bill 'WJ' Fischer Sr. went to the red zone; round 3 - again, Kovitch benefits from Dave Tortolani's red to his .053 RT - and runs a .459 on a .45 dial…ouch. In round 4, reigning champ Ralph Savarese tries for the spank & coughs up a -.015, which was truly a gift for Kovitch's snoozer….and running a .449 on a .45 dial (phew!!). Round 5 allowed Jim the luxury of a competition time shot (aka: bye), which he needed to suit up for the two tough races to come.

In the semi's, he faced the B-Man, what-can-Brown-do-TO-you?, Jerry Muniz. That almost-as-beautiful-as-Vanessa C6 from the Bronx roared off the line at .043 to Jim's .040, caught him & came soooo close to ending lady luck's day - but Jerry ran a .799 on a .80 dial, and Kovitch was on to chase his first win. He faced Eric 'KJ' Fischer - looking for his second win, and a little justice for dad. Like Jerry - Eric's RT was .043; lucky for Jim - he also crossed on the short side of his dial (.820 on a .84); Jim's light wasn't his best of the day, but the C4 kept her word…..running a .435 on a .42 dial - yeah baby!

Corvettes in the Lanes
Photo by Chris Young

Jim Kovitch earned his win, and the 'atta-boys' of his peers - but he's perhaps the most low-keyed of our winners. He greatly appreciates the good wishes, the sponsors, & has tremendous respect for his fellow racers. To quote Jim: "In two weeks the engines will roar and lions will once again be on the prowl, but, 'til then, I intend to fully savor the 'moment' of victory." Enjoy in good health Jim - it was your day to run the table, & you came up aces!

Not taking anything away from Kovitch, have to give a shout-out to Eric 'KJ' Fischer - his green C5 came very, very close to avenging family honor in the final. Though he claims luck, as there often is on race day, it was also talent that got him to the final - knowing his ride well enough to dial consistently, & when to heat up the discs, & cutting competitive lights. Eric dispatched with Tony Abbruzze (red, but good dial!), Jim Peins (double break-out from a very close race), Joe Latona (who took out Hadyniak rd 1 - no small fete), Jason Anderson (who qualified #7 in Pro series, & ran a 10.70 - on a 10.80 dial…still, very impressive showings in both categories, glad he went for it, the crowd noticed your great shifting!), Frank Schear - having some excellent Mojo this season (comes from what you give, & your buds can testify), and survived a no-time shot in the semi's to challenge Kovitch for the final. Eric thanks Edgar & team, all sponsors, CC friends & fellow racers…..especially dad Bill - what a treat to share this passion (obsession, really), making truly memorable & rewarding experiences. We're glad you're hooked Eric!

2006 Event 2 Ladder

Other Awards Handed Out at this Event

  • Event winner Jim Kovitch went home with $300 cash, a $100 gift certificate from Pro Torque, a decal from Speed Dawg Apparel and winner trophy.
  • Runner-up Eric Fischer went home with $150 cash, a $50 gift certificate from Pro Torque and runner-up trophy.
  • Semi-finalists included Jerry Muniz and 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 .011.
  • John Burbich won the 'Almost Perfect Award' with a loss in the 1st round with the red light closest to .000 (Almost Perfect). John Burbich's light was -0.003 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 productsGene Paterno won the 'Ohh so Close Award' presented by Zaino when being edged out in the 1st round by the smallest margin of victory of .0016. That number is the MOV number on your time slip. Although suffering a loss in the 1st round by the smallest Margin of Victory, Gene Paterno 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 90 cars making this event, United Racing gave out quite a few trophies or 1st Round Trophy Upgrade Program credits.

It's another season underway - some new faces, a ringer or two, great sponsors, better mods, old mods we just noticed (see below ), tighter competition. To our collective credit, what hasn't changed is the quality of the competitors. People like Mojo - loaning his ride, CCDV & Rose - working the lanes (for charity, gentlemen…), Michele, The Family Farley/Perez/Hollingshead/Thomas/Fischer, "step Fisch-ette" Ron Higgins (future story, rather sordid….or did they say sworded? )…..on the track - all bets are off; in the pits, we're anything but!

Good health, safe rides & great racing!

Pit-trivia of the Week: John Hadyniak hasn't any side mirrors because…. A. they were optional in '73 B. drag reduction C. wouldn't fit in the hauler D. tend to blow off at his speeds E. in the words of Raul Julia, "…whatsa behind me, NOT important."

[ps: next race is Sat, April 1……and Panuzzo's car should be ready - need I finish this thought? ]

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

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.

April 15, 2006 for our third points race of the season. In addition, April 15 marks the return of The Vette Doctors Pro 8 Shootout heads up racing for its second points race of the season. 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.

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

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 $552 thanks to Rose's efforts. The winner of the 50/50 and received $276. 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.

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280 Photos by Chris Young
230 Photos by Mike Roberts
Photos by Dave Olejnik

Videos for 43 videos from Round 2 to the final by Edgar Perez

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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 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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