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Rob Farley Follows through on His Word in The Vette Doctors Pro 11.50 Event 2

by Rob Farley

Qualifiers - The Vette Doctors Pro 11.50 Index presented by Russ DeLibero-Emerald Financial Resources
1  David Tortolani 11.506 118
2  Shawn Cavanagh 11.534 114.2
3  Thomas Sabolevsky 11.620 107.57
4  John Panuzzo 11.638 114.11
5  Ellis Gray 11.638 104.15
6  Rob Farley 11.642 100.83
7  Paul Bogdan 11.663 113.39
8  Joseph Donnelly 11.699 112.75
9  Robert Cook 11.703 121.83
10  Gene Paterno 11.717 113.2
11  Marshall Brown 11.768 107.27
12  Ron Leader 11.777 115.25
13  Mike Calicchia 11.796 116.52
14  Chris Coriell 11.859 126.58
15  Tommy Michalkowski 11.871 118.2
16  Eric Fischer 11.892 111.94
17  Bill Fischer 11.894 114.18
18  Troy Nikola 11.906 110.34
19  Mike Hoffman 12.031 116.75
20  Robert Zona 12.088 120.4
21  Nicholas Pluta 12.105 116.75
22  Anthony Cupolo 12.128 120.4
23  Joseph Latona 12.168 112.59
24  Gary Hzllen 12.229 115.57
25  Frank Eckert 12.248 107.46
26  Gary Hurta 12.309 117.22
27  Rich Shuleski 12.699 115.56
28  Jerry Muniz 11.369 112.72
07/12/08 - Englishtown, NJ - The second Vette Doctors Pro 11.5 Index presented by Russ DeLibero-Emerald Financial Resources was held on July 12, 2008. Twenty eight Corvettes came to compete for the sixteen car field. Some people had some predictions for today's race. Eric Fischer said that Dave Tortolani and Rob Farley are the ones to watch out for. Rob Farley had his own prediction for this race as he wrote on the Corvette Forum. Rob predicted that he would win the race. Rob wrote this thinking that this would increase the car count for a chance to take out Farley. Then there was the bounty that was posted on Rob Farley. The bounty was started by Shawn Cavanagh on the Corvette Forum. The bounty was set at $20.00 to the driver that would take out Rob in the Pro 11.50. Since Rob was the winner, the bounty was suppose to be doubled, but Shawn's father Martin Cavanagh, who is also veteran Corvette Challenge racer, stepped up and raised it to $50.00 out of his own pocket. Martin would like to see someone take Rob out at the next race on August 9, 2008. The sixteen cars that made the field were all in the 11's. We had two racers qualify in the 11.50's.

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After the second qualifier was completed, the field of sixteen Corvettes was within .386. Coming into today's event, Dave Tortolani showed no mercy on anyone by qualifying number one with an 11.506 @ 118.00. We had two racers that qualified in the 11.50's, Dave Tortolani with an 11.506 and Shawn Cavanagh with an 11.534. The field had six qualifiers in the 11.60's, five racers that qualified in the 11.70's and three that qualified in the 11'80's. We had two drivers qualify with the same ET to the thousandths, Ellis Gray and John Panuzzo. They each qualified with an 11.638. John received the number four position on the ladder and Ellis was in the fifth position on the ladder. The driver with the highest mph that qualified was Chris Coriell. Chris ran 126.58 on his 11.859. The ladder was made with an all eleven-second field.

Round 1

The first two racers to start the eliminations were Gene Paterno (10) in his 2002 Silver C5 going up against Shawn Cavanagh (2) in his 2003 ECS tuned C5. Shawn had a slight starting line advantage with a .075 over Gene's .110. Shawn crossed first with an 11.810 @ 108.29 to Genes 11.854 @ 115.64. The next set of drivers up at the line was Dave Tortolani (1) in his Vette Doctors tuned 1999 Blue C5 going up against Robert Cook (9) in his beautiful 2001 Corvette. Dave left the starting line with a .132 light to Robert's .259. Robert did his best to push out Dave with his 11.534 @ 128.75. Dave ran 11.577 @ 110.42 to get the win. Unfortunately Robert almost ran dead on the index but Dave had the starting line advantage to win him the race. Great job to both racers for a close race to the finish line. Next we had the hired gun John (JP) Panuzzo (4) driving Dennis Kazimir's 1998 Torch Red C5 coupe going up against Dr. Ron Leader (12) in his 2006 Silver ZO6. Dr. Ron gave the starting line advantage to Panuzzo. John left the line with a .046 to the 2007 National Corvette Challenge Pro 11.50 Index Champion. Dr. Ron's .144 reaction time gave John a head start. Dr. Ron knew he had to unleash his ZO6 due to his sleepy reaction time. With Dr. Ron pouring it on, he was not able to get to the stripe first. John crossed first with an 11.718 @ 116.27 to Dr. Ron's 11.775 @ 117.31.

The next pair was watched by most to see if Chris Coriell (14) in his 2003 ECS tuned red C5 would collect $20.00 for the bounty on Rob Farley (6) who is also driving his ECS tuned 1998 Pace Car. Both drivers left when they saw a flash. That flash was the reds flashing to indicate that there was something on the top end of the track. Both drivers stopped a few feet after the starting line when they noticed the flash was red and not yellow. Both drivers backed up and were waiting for the starter to give them the sign to stage again. This was a clear indication that both drivers were looking for a win. Both drivers feeling the pressure of this round, they were sitting on the edge of there seat waiting for the tree to flash again. There was only a .017 separating the two racers at the starting line. Rob Farley left first with a .056 to Chris's .073. With Rob Farley in the lead, Rob looked back and saw that Chris was far behind. Chris spun his tires off the starting line. Maybe Chris will replace his street tires with drag tires. Rob crossed first with an 11.898 @ 80.64 to Chris's 12.270 @ 126.46. The next pair of Corvettes at the starting line was Ellis Gray (5) in his Cartek tuned 2000 Pewter C5 going up against Mike Calicchia (13) in his 1999 Corvette. With both drivers almost having identical reaction times, Mike was able to get a .010 advantage over Ellis. Mike left first with a .167 to Ellis' .177. This was a race to the finish line with Ellis crossing first with an 11.792 @ 114.40 to Mike's Oh So Close 11.827 @116.52. The margin of victory being so close, both drivers were looking for the win light on the barriers after the finish line to see who won.

The next two drivers at the line were Paul Bogdan (7) in his 1997 Silver Vette Doctors tuned C5 going up against Tommy Michalkowski (15) driving his 1999 Black C5 tuned and built by Anger Management. If you were watching this race, you would think both drivers left at the same time. Paul left the line with a .040 to Tommy's .047. Paul was able to cross first with an 11.651 @ 113.29 to Tommy's 11.860 @ 120.14. Next was Eric Fischer (16) who was so close to being eliminated by his father, Bill Fischer Sr. during qualifying. Eric qualified with an 11.892 to his fathers 11.894. That is 2 thousandths between the #16 and the #17 position. Eric was racing Joseph Donnelly (8) in his Gold 1986 C4. Eric left first leaving Joe at the starting line. Joe did his best to run Eric down. Eric crossed with an 11.932 @ 113.07 to Joe's 11.666 @ 120.05. The last two racers of the first round were Thomas Sabolevsky (3) driving his 2001 C5 against Marshall Brown (11) in his 2004 C5. With both drivers staged and waiting for the tree to flash. The tree flashed with Marshall leaving first. Marshall went red with a -.028 light to Thomas' .244. With Marshall going red he decided to make it a time shot. Marshall ran an 11.741 @ 113.98 to Thomas winning 11.511 @112.66. Thomas would have been disqualified himself if he ran under the Index.

Runner Up Group Winner
Runner-up Paul Bogdan Coordinator Winner Rob Farley
Photos by Mike Roberts and Steve McCartney. For over 5000 Corvette Photos, click here.

Round 2

The first two drivers to get round two started were Rob Farley (6) and Shawn Cavanagh (2). Shawn is the person that started the bounty on Rob. Now they both meet to decide if Shawn will show everyone how to take out Rob. With a crowd gathering in the stands and people talking about the bounty on Rob, most were wondering if Rob would choke under pressure or if you will need to bring you're A Game to get past Rob. Rob knew that he had to tune his car to run the number and to hit the tree against Shawn. With both drivers staged and ready to go, the tree flashed and Rob was out first with a .052 light to Shawn's .181. With Shawn trying to close the gap he broke out with an 11.415 @ 122.21 to Rob's winning 11.531 @ 113.50. The next pair to run down the 1320 was Paul Bogdan (7) racing Thomas Sabolevsky (3). Paul was able to leave with a .016 to Thomas's .189. This made Thomas breakout trying to catch Paul. Bogdan crossed at 11.531 @ 113.50 to Thomas's breakout 11.395 @ 112.18 earning him a 20 point penalty.

The next pair had our #1 qualifier, Dave Tortolani, going up against Ellis Gray (5). Dave had the starting line advantage over Ellis. Dave left with a .063 to Ellis's .130. Both drivers broke out at the top end trying to stay ahead of each other. Dave crossed with an 11.476 @ 118.41 to Ellis's 11.424 @ 119.96. Neither driver will advance to round 3 due to both drivers running under the index. Each was rewarded with a 20 point penalty. The last pair for round 2 was the Hired Gun, John Panuzzo (4), going up against Eric Fischer (16). The starting line advantage went to John with Eric trying to catch John at the stripe. John crossed first with an 11.637 @ 112.09 while Eric gave it everything he had with an 11.886 @ 113.98.

Round 3

This round had 3 drivers returning to the lanes. The first pair and only pair to run was Rob Farley (6) going up against John Panuzzo (4). John left first with a .070 light to Rob's .080. When Rob was at half track he noticed John's car slow down. This made Rob think that John started to play with Rob's head at half track and not near the finish line as he has in the past. Rob stayed in it to the 1,000 foot mark and then he dropped the anchor. Rob crossed first with an 11.776 @ 89.07 to John's 12.006 @ 111.33. After the race John swore the car turned off and then restarted. John thinking that the car may have ran out of gas. The car's owner Dennis Kazimir made a test pass. Dennis said that it was driver error and John will be wearing Velcro shoes to keep his foot on the right pedal at the next race. The next driver to make a pass was Paul Bogdan (7). Paul had a Competition single due to both drivers being disqualified in round 2 for going quicker then the index. Paul made a conservative pass at 17.906 @ 78.48.

Final Round

This is the last chance for someone to take out Rob Farley (6) and collect on the $20.00 bounty. The pressure is on Paul Bogdan (7) to get the job done as most are hoping. Both drivers staged and waited for the flash. The yellows flash and Paul left too early with a -.039 RED to Rob's .093. Paul crossed the finish line at 19.714 @ 59.74 to Rob's winning 11.809 @ 80.07.

Two predictions were made before today's event that came true. Eric Fischer predicted that Dave Tortolani and Rob Farley are the drivers to watch. Today Dave was the #1 qualifier and Rob Farley won today's event. Rob Farley predicted that he would win today's event which came true. I am sure that there were a lot of people wishing a different outcome.

I would like to thank Mike Roberts and Chris Young for the great pictures at today's event. As always they do this for the love of the sport and are not compensated in way. A special thanks to Edgar for the great videos.

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Awards and Payouts Today

  • Winner Rob Farley earned a payout of $160 in addition to the winner trophy
  • Runner-up Paul Bogdan earned a payout of $80 in addition to the runner-up trophy
  • Semi-Finalists John Panuzzo earned a payout of $40
  • Number 1 Qualifier Dave Tortolani received a plaque for his 11.506 qualifying run
  • Paul Bogdan received the Best Reaction Time plaque for the best winning reaction time in the first round at .040

2008 Points Standings

John Panuzzo came into today's event in first place with 112 points and was able to keep his first place position. John has 187 points at the end of Event #2. Rob Farley moved from the #6 position with 35 points to the #2 position with 149 points while he is closing the gap on the points leader John Panuzzo. In third place is Shawn Cavanagh with 113 points. There were four drivers penalized for running under the index being accessed 20 point penalties.
Rank Name R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Wins Rounds Avg Qual
1. Rob Farley 35 149 263 381 495 4 17 11.567
2. John Panuzzo 112 187 220 251 284 1 6 11.687
3. Paul Bogdan 10 103 154 248 282 0 8 11.777
4. Shawn Cavanagh 76 113 165 175 231 0 7 11.691
5. David Tortolani 13 51 127 159 211 0 4 11.597
6. Gene Paterno 53 85 117 174 189 0 2 11.649
7. Eric Fischer 11 62 72 127 184 0 3 11.776
8. Bill Fischer 31 41 51 82 140 0 2 11.894
9. Ellis Gray 72 106 116 126 126 0 4 11.841
10. Mike Calicchia 11 42 76 110 110 0 0 11.700
11. Ron Leader 37 69 100 100 100 0 0 11.677
12. Anthony Cupolo 0 10 20 96 96 0 2 11.794
13. Joseph Latona 34 44 62 93 93 0 2 11.790
14. Joseph Donnelly 0 33 84 84 84 0 2 11.678
15. Nicholas Pluta 31 41 51 82 82 0 0 11.945
16. Gary Hurta 30 40 50 60 60 0 0 12.636
17. Jerry Muniz 0 10 41 53 53 0 0 11.667
18. Frank Eckert 38 48 48 48 48 0 0 11.879
19. Thomas Sabolevsky 0 36 46 46 46 0 1 11.620
20. Rich Shuleski 10 20 20 20 20 0 0 12.362
21. Robert Zona 0 10 20 20 20 0 0 14.890
22. Ron Higgins 0 0 0 0 12 0 0

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