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TORTOLANI BEATS HEAT IN EVENT 7 FOR FIRST EAST COAST SUPERCHARGING CORVETTE CHALLENGE WIN!

By Sheila Murchan

July 29, 2006 - Englishtown, NJ - Keeping the season long 'first win' streak alive, Dave Tortolani sweated out the competition to take his first East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge presented by Yank Racing Converters and Gear Star Transmission event win over Neil Vernarelli. 64 racers braised first round, refusing to wilt in the face of a density altitude pushing the sea level track to upwards of 2500 feet. The unrelenting heat turned cockpits into Petri dishes, but it was Dave's empirical performance that cultured him a winner. In his second final round appearance of the season, Tortolani captured that elusive first win - another long overdue Well Done!

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Runner Up Group Winner
Runner up Neil Vernarelli Group, Frank Schear, Bob Trieschmann, Winner Tortolani, Runner-up Vernarelli, Dad "Corvette" Lou Vernarelli, Edgar Perez Winner Dave Tortolani

Round one The conditions, plus the cobwebs from Event 6 being rained out June 24th, wreaked havoc at the start line - truly only six competitive reaction times, and five benefited from their opponents' snoozing. RT's were all over the spectrum, including 7 fouls (at least I can say mine was pushing the tree!). Few matches were close, but that also speaks to the effect of weather and track conditions on performance - and just two time shots [though some only got one - some misinformation as to when session actually was to start . Please, check with track & CC website before!] The closest decision came in a double breakout between John Hadyniak and George Chambers - John on the brakes after a huge start advantage ran a 11.589 on a 11.59 dial, and George posting a .506 on a .51 dial, losing by only .0036 - but earning Chambers the "Ohh So Close" award from Zaino.

Some other competitive runs were Kim Rudolph over Jim Peins; Event 5 winner Bob Trieschmann over Dave Buddendorff; Don Peppler, Jr. (also a winner this season!) over Dave Olejnik. Edgar Perez had the tree, but lost to Ken Rammer's tighter dial - then proceeded to rule the Pro 10 event sweet! [more] Joe Donnelly fell victim to the "un-named racer" . #4317 sounds verrrry familiar (I think we Do Know - welcome back Dennis!). Dan Swadis, Jr. had the best handle on his ride, running 13.749 on a 13.74 dial - plus a respectable RT had Danny Rotondo's C5 covered on both ends - earning Swadis the CCDV's "Closest to Dial" award. Neil Vernarelli gave notice right away that he & his '57 were contenders - Neil took the John Panuzzo, Jr. award with a winning RT of .013. Knowing I had a tough opponent in Randolph Lane, I went for the tree & came up the color of my baking skin: -.006, earning Raceway Park's "Almost Perfect" award. {and, if an ECSCC racer correctly guesses the cabin temp of my C3 when I got home at midnight - a pocket battery fan is yours really! ( excluding those I've already given out - sorry)}

Round two Previous event winner Jim Kovitch made Bob Sebrowski work hard for his win - a close one at the stripe. Eric Fischer made bait of Ron Higgins with a .024 RT & .046 over dial. Though Louis Calicchia bested Rob Farley off the line, the better of the double breakout gave the win to our points leader. Ralph Blauvelt's '88 was dead on - a .352 on a .35 dial, but Jim Kasmala's respectable .056 RT & .025 over package ended Ralph's day. John Trescott saw his win light come on when Tony Pugliese's tweaked out mid-11's '77 fouled - but John ran it out to a .052 package. In a rare 'sluggish' RT & .128 over dial, Ralph Savarese dodged a bullet when Dennis Kazimir broke out by .019. Even if Ken Rammer's .008 had been green - he still would have lost a squeaker to Bob Hollingshead, who ran .045 on a .04 dial. Kim Rudolph continued her march upwards in points (series & Rookie), when Shawn Cavanagh fouled.

Round three On the ladder, the first two pairs pitted C5's against each other; Kasmala's .094 package forcing Joe Signore to a breakout. Tortolani laid some serious smack on the Paas-mobile with a .051 total combination, including a .014 RT - keeping Farley covered on both ends. Trieschmann, though red - was only off .001, a huge relief to Trescott. Gene Paterno's quiet assault on the points standings was halted by having to chase down a consistent running Neil Vernarelli, pushing Gene's 45 yr younger Vette to a .04 breakout. [car ages: good - racer ages: NOYB]


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Round four Bob Hollingshead continued his winning ways, taking his split window to a .091 on a .04 dial - and a .013 RT that was simply too stout for Trescott's consistent '04. Savarese worked the top end, like the champ he is, to send Kasmala to the air hoses. Brad Jones & Neil Vernarelli dueled to a double break-out, with Neil moving on; Dave T. got a solid time shot compliments of Eric Fischer's "pre-green" (but not by much!); Chris Haase also made good use of his Bye run.

Round five Five racers left - this time Neil gets to make a stellar time shot. Dave T. continued his march to the final, running .766 on a .76 dial; Chris Haase continued a stellar day by putting some serious hurt at the tree (.005), pushing Savarese to break out by more.

Round six Most racers would prefer the Bye that takes you to the final, and Dave T. used his as a good 'dry run' for his second event final. Though he went red, Chris Haase's smile never faded - he had a great day, played points 'spoiler' a little, and went home with some cool cash on a hot summer's night. Neil wasn't quite on his number - but a tough RT of .012 showed he could beat the heat on the track too!

Final RoundWe all enjoy our Vettes, and each is special to its owner - but it was still very cool to see that sharp '57 of Neil's marching on all day. Both Dave & Neil were ready - their RT's were within .003 of each other. Both came to the line prepared to take the heat - from the weather AND the battle. Virtually even off the start, it was Dave's blue '99 that ran a scant .034 of his dial - good enough to earn his first ECSCC event win. True to our nature, both racers ran each other hard, but were glad for each other's finish - they each had a GREAT day, thanked their friends, family, tuners .and their grins just said it all. Good competition keeps the series interesting, and their positive attitudes were very representative of what ECSCC is all about. Congratulations to both Neil & Dave - you done good, & you've earned the rights to savor a rewarding event. Without East Coast Supercharging, E-Town personnel, additional sponsors, and series co-coordinators, our challenge simply would not be where it is today. We always ask & remind, but it truly does make a difference to support all of the series sponsors - it's the least we can do for such an enthusiastic & dedicated group of folks! SEE YOU ALL ON THE 19th!!! Check web & Track for TIMES>>>etc.

Corvette Challenge Points Update

Dave Tortolani made a significant move towards points leader Rob Farley today by collecting 8 points for the 7-round win while Farley exited in round 3. The five point gain puts Tortolani within three points of the leader. Bob Sebrowski kept pace with Farley when he also exited in round three. You will notice that each driver now has a tiebreaking negative number assigned. This number is calculated by giving a driver the negative number based on the position held in the standings. An example is Rob Farley holds the number one position so he is given a -1 and that is added to his previous races negative number giving him a total of -2 since he held the number one spot a race ago too. The tiebreak number is the second tiebreaker as event wins is the first tiebreaker.
Corvette Challenge Standings
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Rookie of the Year Update

Devon Bole holds on to a 1-point lead in the rookie standings not getting past first round today as two drivers made hard charges today toward that top spot. Jim Kasmala bounced back with three round wins today and Kimberly Rudolf used her girl power to grab two round wins. Both drivers are now within one point of the younger Bole.
Rookie of the Year Standings

Corvette Challenge Club Challenge Cup

Corvette Club of Delaware Valley continued dominance of the Club Challenge Cup as well with 8 participants at today's race. Rob Farley scored the bonus for the team with his third round appearance and 3 points. We are all open to ideas on how to improve the Club Challenge Cup if you would like offer suggestions.
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.

Neil Vernarell's runner-up finish in this event vaulted him to the top of the Gear Jammer standings. Incoming leader, Don Peppler Jr. was bumped down to third in the standings as Bob Hollingshead's semi-final appearance moved him into second place.
Gear Jammer Standings.

Summary of driver Dial-In times

Time 11 12 13 14 15 Total
# 9 16 31 7 2 65
% 13.85% 24.62% 47.69% 10.77% 3.08% 100%

Awards Handed Out at this Event

  • Event winner Dave Tortolani went home with $300 cash, a $100 gift certificate from Pro Torque, a decal from Speed Dawg Apparel and winner trophy.
  • Runner-up Neil Vernarelli went home with $150 cash, a $50 gift certificate from Pro Torque and runner-up trophy.
  • Semi-finalists included Chris Haasse and who won $75 cash.
  • Neil Vernarelli won the 'John Panuzzo Jr. Memorial' trophy presented by Team Panuzzo Racing for the best winning reaction time in the 1st round. Neil Vernarelli was quickest on the tree in the 1st round when his RT was .013.
  • Sheila Murchan won the 'Almost Perfect Award' with a loss in the 1st round with the red light closest to .000 (Almost Perfect). Sheila Murchan'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.
  • Dan Swadis won the CCDV 'Closest to Dial Award' by running only .009 off his dial. Dan Swadis was awarded a trophy and free tech card for a future race from Corvette Club of Delaware Valley.
  • Ohh so Close Award of Zaino productsGeorge Chambers won the 'Ohh so Close Award' presented by Zaino when being edged out in the 1st round by the smallest margin of victory of .0036. That number is the MOV number on your time slip. Although suffering a loss in the 1st round by the smallest Margin of Victory, George Chambers 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 74 cars making this event, United Racing gave out quite a few trophies or 1st Round Trophy Upgrade Program credits.

Next Two Races

August 19, 2006 - Just a few short weeks for the next race. In addition we will have the return of The Vette Doctors Pro 8 Shootout heads-up racing. We are expecting the return of several Corvettes to this race hunting for a 7-second pass. 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.

September 4, 2006 - This will be a morning race with gate opening 8 AM. The Cartek Racing Pro 10.0 index class will return for its fourth race. We have had three different winners in the first three. A 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.

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