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Gandhi Returns to take the Win in Event 6 as does Major in the Pro 8 Shootout

By Edgar Perez

November 4, 2006: Makeup day for the rained out June 24th race we'll call Event 6 because it is the 6th race of the year for the East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge presented by Yank Racing Converters and Gear Star Transmission was made up today. Though no rain was in site, we still had to brave the elements of cold and wind with temperature less than 50 degrees. Of course that meant sub-zero density altitude to the tune of -1100 approximately as we got under way today. 57 Corvettes made it out to first round today and 9 for Pro 8 Shootout or a total of 66 for the day.

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I am simply amazed we went into the final guaranteed of having our 10th different winner for the season. This is crazy when you think of how many great drivers we have in this season that could repeat, but I guess this is what is preventing it. Another thing of note is our points leaders Rob Farley has yet to win a race, and has lost some ground to Ralph Savarese but still goes into the last points race of the season with the biggest lead in our history. Doug Bereczki, in his second year racing with the Corvette Challenge, made it to his first final in his 1987 Corvette. Bereczki had been struggling in the ECS CC this season only capturing his first round win this season today which he enjoyed so much he did it another five times. Vic Gandhi however is a whole different story. Gandhi's 1989 Corvette has been to 3 semi-finals and 5 finals winning 4 of them in 2006. Gandhi was back out racing after a long season with no racing after the engine suffered terminal damage in our first race of the season. The engine was back together in July but then other nuisances kept him out including a long difficult battle with VATS on the C4 but eventually persevered.

I am going to take a spot here to make a special recognition to our young friend Mike Roberts. Mike as has been following our Corvette Challenge series for a few years and recently achieved the ripe age of 18 he needed to be to go to the starting line to take pictures for us. Mike has been a great help to our series and has relieved me and Chris Young of our photo duties helping us focus more on racing and video for me. You will notice Mike in the staging lanes, he is the young frozen guy with the camera around his neck. Thank's Mike.
Runner Up Group Winner
Doug Bereczki Winner Gandhi, Edgar Perez, Runnerup Bereczki Vic Gandhi

Photos by Mike Roberts

Round one - As usual, Rob Farley was at the head of the lanes waiting on all comers. William Osborn in a 2006 Corvette had the task of taking out our 2006 points leader and previous champion. To say it was over at the starting line would be an understatement as Farley dropped a .002 reaction time on the new participant who is just learning the sport with the C6 and ran under his 13.50 in addition to a poor light. Don't give up William, here is the tip of the day for all drivers new to the sport, leave on the third yellow and it will be all better. Neil Vernarelli, in the '57 Corvette, broke the cardinal "old car" rule, line up on the same side as the all the old cars, and went up against Don Peppler Jr. in the '67 Corvette. If you are superstitious you would say this resulted in ill fate when the engine was flooded and he had to be pushed off the track. Dad "Corvette Lou" Vernarelli said this was only the second time the car had ever had to be pulled off the track. Not a small feat for a car that has been at the track regularly since 1963!!!! Congratulations go out to Joe Donnelly who achieved his goal of getting his 1986 Corvette into the 12s and dialing 12.99 first round. He was able to take that bad boy to the second round with a win over John Policastro. Dave Olejnik also reached his goal of getting his car into the 11's and dialed 11.97 in the first round and he would not "Be-dazzled" by Kimberly Rudolf as he put her on the trailer with a .085 reaction time while Rudolf was off her dial allow Dave to coast to the finish. Rich Shuleski came oh so close to getting his 1996 Grand Sport Corvette into the 10's. He was out Friday with his '03 Ford Lightning for a magazine shoot and got a new best 12.11 @ 112.18 with 1.71 60' in the 4800 pound truck! He came back today with the Grand Sport. He was lucky enough to be drawn for the bye run in the first round and scored an 11.024 @ 126.57, definitely capable with a little better traction. Watch for the Skunk to get in the 10's next week. Jay McCardle came out with his ECS built Paxton supercharged 346ci Corvette and ran in the nine's but was forced to dial 10.00 due to not having the mandatory safety requirements to run 9's which we hope he does soon. He was beat on the tree by Louis Calicchia's .007 reaction time so he ran it out and clocked a 9.773 @ 140.80 MPH.

How did our two to-be finalists fair round one? Gandhi was .016 on the tree and ran 12.249 on 12.00 dial on the brakes to defeat Pete Lopresti. Bereczki was even better with a .002 reaction 14.02 on 13.97 dial sending Mike Hoffman home for the day.


2006 Event 6 Ladder

Round two - With only 57 making first round we were down to 29 and on a ladder for this round. Farley's light put him in the number one spot so he got the single and tested his dialing ability and ran 13.657 on 13.69 dial..time to adjust. Savarese, on a hot street, cut a .001 reaction time ending Michael Moore's day. George Geipel was also .001 on the tree but was not able to convert it to a win when he broke out running 13.200 on 13.42 dial making Alan Eckert a winner for the second time today in the brackets. Louis Calicchia was hitting the tree too. After spanking me with a .009 RT putting me on the trailer with supercharged C5, his son came over and told me he was taking out a recent practice tree spanking he gave his dad on us Corvette drivers. Nice! Vic Gandhi advance on the road to the final when he ended Shawn Cavanagh's day on the strength of a .114 reaction time and 12.172 on 12.07 dial. Bereczki had to run it tight to get his win over Clifford Bray running 14.064 on 14.05 dial while Bray broke out running 14.705 on 14.71 dial.

Round three - Bereczki would have the single this round and was 14.055 on 14.03 dial. Savarese would continue his attack on the tree with a .031 RT bettering Joe Donnelly's .043 and taking the win running 10.985 on 10.97 dial. Calicchia continued his attack on the tree as well with a .026 though Ellis Gray was better at .008 but his brake work got him the win with an 11.533 on 11.50 dial in a car that is just begging for a rollbar to be opened up. Gandhi would get the win over Raymond Sztabnik running 12.170 on 12.10 dial and .137 RT.

Round four - Calicchia put himself in position to win with .001 reaction time (to compliment his .007, .009 and .026 today) but gave up the stripe holding the horses on Navy Blue C5 and Gary Hurta was able to take the strip in the C6 Z06. Hurta was 11.908 on 11.80 dial and Calicchia was 11.734 on 11.50 dial. Savarese advanced to the next round when Ken Tyler suffered the red light so Savarese ran it out going 10.942 @ 123.02 on 10.95 dial. Bereczki ended James Peins day when both drivers were .039 on the tree but Bereczki was 14.085 on 14.05 dial to Peins' 13.677 on 13.54 dial. Gandhi cut a .021 light to hold a lead over John Trescott and narrowly escaped with a win in a double-breakout race. Trescott was 11.481 on 11.50 dial (.019 under) and Gandhi was 12.139 on 12.15 dial (.011 under) for a .008 win for Gandhi.

Round five - Four cars and only Savarese with an event win this year in the four. He would face Bereczki. The DA was dropping big time. Bereczki was better on the tree, .076 to .096 for Savarese. Both cars were on the way for a finish line battle and a double-breakout. Savarese would go 10.906 on 10.94 dial (.034 under) and Bereczki was 14.047 on 14.07 dial (.033 under) with Bereczki breaking out least and getting the win by .001 MOV. The other semi-final was just as close with Gandhi taking a tree advantage with a .035 over Hurta's .043. No breakouts in this one as Gandhi took the win stripe running 12.111 on 12.13 dial. Hurta fell one round short of becoming the first C6 Z06 to win this thing as he went 11.893 @ 123.94 on 11.80 dial in the stock 427ci Z.

Round six - The Final - Two left and neither has won this year so we would see a new winner. Both C4s so we would have yet another C4 taking the win. Bereczki would be off first with 14.05 dial and .095 reaction time. Gandhi would follow with 12.09 dial and better reaction time of .061. Bereczki would make it close, real close as he ran dead-on 14.058 but it was not enough to make up the RT disadvantage as Gandhi went 12.111 on 12.09 dial. Good move adjusting the dial on Gandhi's part. A very exciting return for Gandhi after being away so long and he deserves big kudos for successful driving today. Bereczki had a breakout day and fell just one short of a win but a finals appearance is certainly a good day regardless. Congrats to both drivers and all who participated today.

Corvette Challenge Points Update

We had big scramble in the at the top of our points and points leader Rob Farley lost a little ground to new second place driver Ralph Savarese. We go into the final race of the season next week, 11/11/06 with Farley holding a 6-point lead over Savarese. 65+ drivers and maybe a Farley no-show would create some other scenarios. Doing the math, assuming 64 or less Corvettes, Savarese can only overtake Farley by winning the event and Farley losing first round. Savarese moving into second bumped Bob Sebrowski (2nd round exit) to third and Dave Tortolani to 4th (also 2nd round exit). John Trescott and James Peins each had 4-point days also moving up in the standings. Only one week left for drivers to try and qualify for the Top 16 Gamblers race to be held at the end of the season for $1,000 cash prize. At this point a driver with 16 points has an outside shot at qualifying.
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Rookie of the Year Update

Devon Bole continues to hold a three-point lead, 22-19, as Kimberly Rudolf and he each went out first round. Shawn Cavanagh upped himself to third (17) with 2 points today and we now have three drivers with 16 points with Joe Donnelly scoring 3 points and Ken Tyler scoring 4 equaling Jim Kasmala. Scenarios for clinching are tough as with 64 or less cars, there are 7 points to be had so anyone of these drivers can pull it off if it goes their way at the last race Nov 11, 2006. Best of luck to our rookies.
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Corvette Challenge Club Challenge Cup

With 9 participants today, Corvette Club of Delaware Valley continued dominance of the Club Challenge Cup. CCDV receives six bonus points thanks to the 6-point performance by Doug Bereczki. CCDV continues to lead three categories when you look at the club and individual leaders. Way to go team!

We are putting on the table changing this category for next year or perhaps retiring the Trophy and replacing this with a similar team/group type competition. A leading idea would be grouping drivers in teams of 4 or 5 using a fantasy football type draft where the top 10 or 12 points drivers of the current year would choose drivers to be on there team for the following season. Give your thoughts on this to Tony Buonassisi or myself at the next couple of races.
Club Challenge Cup Standings

Spectrum Equipment Service Gear Jammer Award Update

New for 2006: Spectrum Equipment Service "Gear Jammer of the Year" award, presented at year-end banquet to the racer with most points in his/her manual transmission Corvette. We will begin counting from Event 5 forward so all gear jammers have a square start.

Summary of First Round Dial-In times

ET101112131415Total
Count4181616357
%7.02%31.58%28.07%28.07%5.26%0.00%100.00%

Awards Handed Out at this Event

  • Event winner Vic Gandhi went home with $300 cash, a $100 gift certificate from Pro Torque, a decal from Speed Dawg Apparel and winner trophy.
  • Runner-up Doug Bereczki went home with $150 cash, a $50 gift certificate from Pro Torque and runner-up trophy.
  • Semi-finalists included Ralph Savarese and Gary Hurta who won $75 cash.
  • Rob Farley won the 'John Panuzzo Jr. Memorial' trophy presented by Team Panuzzo Racing for the best winning reaction time in the 1st round. Rob Farley was quickest on the tree in the 1st round when his RT was .002.
  • Bob Trieschmann won the 'Almost Perfect Award' with a loss in the 1st round with the red light closest to .000 (Almost Perfect). Bob Trieschmann's light was -0.015 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.
  • Ellis Gray won the CCDV 'Closest to Dial Award' by running only .002 off his dial. Ellis Gray was awarded a trophy and free tech card for a future race from Corvette Club of Delaware Valley.
  • Ohh so Close Award of Zaino productsRandolph Lane won the 'Ohh so Close Award' presented by Zaino when being edged out in the 1st round by the smallest margin of victory of .0367. That number is the MOV number on your time slip. Although suffering a loss in the 1st round by the smallest Margin of Victory, Randolph Lane 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 66 cars making this event, United Racing gave out quite a few trophies or 1st Round Trophy Upgrade Program credits.

Next Two Races

November 11, 2006 for our final points race, the makeup of Event 9. The Cartek Racing Pro 10.0 index class will makeup its fourth race also having no repeat winners. A heads-up 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.

November 18, 2006 - Invitation only Top 16 Gamblers race for $1000. Top 16 in points and alternates will be invited to participate in this race. If you do not qualify you can come out and watch or race time trials. Come check out the best points driver of 2006 go for the big bucks.

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

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

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