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Shawn Cavanagh wins Pro 10 DI Race 4 for his First Win

by Edgar Perez

Qualifiers - Cartek Performance Engineering Pro 10 Double Index
presented by J&M Motorsports
1  Shawn Cavanagh 10.518 0
2  Edgar Perez 10.590 0
3  Mike Calicchia 13.964 0
4  Doug Ring 16.955 0
5  David Shen 9.995 0
6  David Harris 10.463 0
10/10/09 - Englishtown, NJ - Championship hopes shaping up for the Cartek Performance Engineering Pro 10 Double Index presented by J & M Motorsports as we head to the track in the rain. That is right, it was raining as we rolled into the track but the forecast was for it to clear soon. After about a 3 hour delay, the cars were called to the lanes. The class had 6 entries and a seventh Corvette attempted to enter but did not get through tech due to expired safety harness. That entry was a new one for us with a familiar car. Stephen Wells has purchased the Z06 Corvette previously owned and raced by Jerry Land. That car had been sitting some time as Jerry had not raced it a couple year's and Wells did not have time to replace the expired belts before the race so he was limited to 11.50 and entered the Corvette Challenge instead.

For today's Corvette Challenge bracket results click here.


Runner Up Group Winner
Runner-up David Shen Winner Chris Young kneeling, standing Mike Calicchia, Debi Young and Bob Trieschmann Winner Chris Young
Photos by Edgar Perez and Vivian Harris. For over 7,000 Corvette Photos, click here.

Round 1

We had five cars make round 1 of competition. The first pair was the two ECS competitors, Shawn Cavanagh (1) and Doug Ring (4). Cavanagh, as 10.50 index car, would get off the line first and did so brilliantly with a .024 reaction time. Ring, a 10.0 would follow half second later. He was off soft with a .499 and not only reeled him in but annihilated him though breaking out in the process. Ring ran 8.82 @ 156.39 in a pass that was more fitting for the Pro 8 Shootout than the Pro 10 double index. All Cavanagh had to do was not break out and he safely took the breakout win with a 10.798 @ 111.12 mph. The next pair had huge season championship implications. Edgar Perez (2) would face David Shen (5). Shen, former champion in the class came in the points leader but a loss in this round would put Perez back in the lead. Perez, a 10.50 all motor Vette Doctors prepped Corvette, would get to leave first over Shen in the C3 Corvette with just enough nitrous to cover his 10.0 index. The race was over as soon as Perez launched with a -.097 red light. Shen on the other side cuts a .024 light and holds back a little thinking he might have hurt something running 10.167 @ 114.63. David Harris (6) would get a competition single in his ECS prepped C5 when his opponent, Mike Calicchia, in his newly finished maiden voyage Cartek built supercharged entry, would have issues and did not make it back to round 1. Harris too a clean .084 light and ran 11.066 @ 78.98 on his 10.50 index ensuring he does go under his index.

Round 2

In this round there would be one race and one bye run for an uneven ladder. The race would be with Shen(5) and Harris(6) getting it on. Harris would leave first with a 10.50 index but was late on the tree with a .337 light. Shen, was on his game on when he left on his 10.0 index with a .013 light. He took the win with a 10.142 @ 128.33 while Harris, not only took the loss but took a penalty in the points when he blew by his index running 10.412 @ 135.47. The bye run would go to the number 1 qualifier, Shawn Cavanagh. He left green with a .145 reaction time and raced down the track about 3/4 of the way and then let off to avoid any chance of breaking out. He went 10.840 @ 108.13

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Round 3 - The Final

David Shen and his dad David had been under the car trying to figure what is wrong. First thinking it was something the transbrake and then thinking it might be a trans. Hoping it was not serious, the brought it to the line to face Cavanagh. Cavanagh would leave first on the 10.50 index to Dave's 10.0. He cuts an .025 to compliment his .024 from round 1 and is on his way when Dave gets the green. Shen is out of the hole with .023 and but shortly after he has to get out of it as the car is just not going to complete the pass. Cavanagh takes the win with a 10.924, once again afforded the luxury of not having to run it out, at 102.67. Cavanagh becomes the first driver to win a Pro 10 and a Pro 11.50. And impressive accomplishment to his ability to set the car up for either index. Great day at the tree for him as well too.

Awards and Payouts Today

  • Winner Shawn Cavanagh earned a payout of $160 in addition to the winner trophy
  • Runner-up David Shen earned a payout of $80 in addition to the runner-up trophy
  • Semi-finalist David Harris earned a payout of $40
  • Number 1 Qualifier Shawn Cavanagh received a plaque for his 10.518 qualifying run
  • Edgar Perez received the Best Reaction Time plaque for the best winning reaction time in the first round at .024

2009 Points Standings

David Shen increases his points lead over Edgar Perez with his runnerup appearance today. The first round win over Perez provided some spaced between them and a little breathing room. They go into the final race of the season, October 31, 2009 with Shen up holding a 341 - 286 point lead which equates to three rounds of competition. Perez needs a lot of help if he is going to catch him for the title. Another first round matchup might be what this class needs for the drama. And his car troubles, there is no doubt in my mind, the Shen team will be back on track to hold their points lead. You can take that to the bank. Cavanagh, meanwhile rides his race win to move up to third place with 247 points. While a shot at the title for him is pretty much out of reach, he still has a shot at the season runnerup position that earns him the runner up jacket. Chris Young, who did not make the event as he had to work is in 4th spot with 204 points and also has a shot at 2nd for the season. David Harris sits in fifth place with 176 after taking that penalty in round 2.
Rank Name R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Wins Rounds Avg Qual
1. David Shen 58 172 267 341 376 1 10 10.070 
2. Edgar Perez 95 193 249 286 364 0 9 10.556 
3. Shawn Cavanagh 34 111 149 247 283 1 7 10.583 
4. David Harris 56 109 142 176 273 1 6 10.591 
5. Christopher Young 37 90 204 204 204 1 5 10.099 
6. Mark Shaw 92 126 159 159 159 1 4 10.152 
7. Jay McCardle, Jr. 33 68 142 142 142 0 2 10.131 
8. Tommy Michalkowski 0 36 73 73 73 0 0 10.526 
9. Joseph Latona 54 54 54 54 54 0 2 10.632 
10. Thomas Sabolevsky 10 42 42 42 42 0 0 13.194 
11. Robert Zona 32 32 32 32 32 0 0 11.617 
12. Doug Ring 0 0 12 27 27 0 0 13.622 
13. Marc Scharago 11 11 11 11 11 0 0 10.389 

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October 31, 2009 with gates opening at 9:30 AM. This will be our fifth and final points race of the year.

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