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Tommy Michalkowski Takes Uncontested Win in Race 3

by Steve Wells

Qualifiers - Cartek Performance Engineering
Pro 10.50 Index presented by J&M Motorsports
1  Stephen Wells 10.560 0
2  Rob Zona 10.576 0
3  Shawn Cavanagh 10.635 0
4  Tommy Michalkowski 10.774 0
5  Marc Scharago 10.819 0
6  Tom Sabolevsky 11.084 0
7  Edgar Perez 11.423 0
The day after Good Friday and the day before Easter should be called Great Saturday! The weather was gorgeous, not too hot, not too cold. The DA was typically +1500' throughout the day, but it didn't feel that bad. This was our third straight weekend of racing. I cannot think of a better way to shake off the cobwebs. This was our second points race of the season in the new Cartek Performance Engineering Pro 10.50 Index presented by J & M Motorsports 04/03/10 - Englishtown, NJ -


This week the number racers in the Cartek Performance Engineering 10.50 Index presented by J & M Motorsports, increased by 1 over last week with a total of 7 racers. The qualifying was on par, with everyone being on the correct side of the index by the end of the second round of qualifying. Unbelievably, Mike Calicchia failed tech inspection because his NY State drivers license was expired. Mike unfortunately did not have time to get it renewed before the race. What a shame, but rules are rules. If Mike had passed tech, we would have had a full field of 8 for the first time this season. We are looking forward to racing with you Mike. Tom Sabolevsky would miss the first round of qualifying in his Procharged 346ci, stock short block, manual, silver C5, built by Cartek Performance Engineering. A new comer for this season was Marc Scharago, running a beautiful black on black convertible 2000 C5, packing a 402. Details on the car are slim, but he ran a very strong, but too quick 9.937 at a lifting 113.35 mph.Rob Zona, in his naturally aspirated 388 ci, 03, C5 ZO6, built by Anger Management Racing, would return this week, but only run a 12.363 @ 81.92 mph rowing his 6-speed. Edgar Perez would be the benefactor of a generous Tommy Michalkowski who would loan Edgar his "spare" black C5, with an STS twin turbo kit. (Wouldn't we all like to have a spare twin turbo Vette!) Edgar who was just seeking to pick up basic points again, ran an 11.423 @ 123.52. Shawn Cavanagh had his Paxton Novi supercharged, automatic, spiral grey C5 built by East Coast Supercharging run a too quick 10.465 @ 122.69. Tommy Michalkowski, in his APS twin turbocharged, stock bottom end, automatic, silver, 99 C5, also built by Anger Management Racing, would run a number two qualifying effort of 10.774 @ 100.23. Finally, was last week's winner and points leader Stephen Wells. Driving his 02 electron blue ZO6, with a naturally aspirated 427, built by Cartek Performance & Engineering, Steve would run a 10.560 @ 115.91, to take the # 1 qualifying position, a spot he would not relinquish.

In the second round of qualifying Perez did not improve his qualifying time and fell to # 7 on the ladder. Sabolevsky would run an 11.084 @ 130.33 coming in at # 6. Scharago would improve to a 10.819 @ 114.97 qualifying at #5. Michalkowski would not improve and stick with his 10.774 @ 100.23 coming in at # 4. Cavanagh would improve to a 10.635 @ 123.56 and come in at #3. Zona would also improve on his second try and run a close second with a 10.576 @ 138.27 coming in at # 2. Wells would maintain #1 qualifier with his 10.560 @ 115.91.

Runner Up Group Winner
Runner-up Shawn Cavanagh Teammate Rob Zona, Winner Tommy Michalkowski, Frank Schear Winner Tommy Michalkowski
Photos by Edgar Perez. For over 7,000 Corvette Photos, click here.

Round 1

The first pair would be Shawn Cavanagh (3) vs. Tom Sabolevsky (6). Cavanagh's reaction time of .058 and ET of 10.873 @ 103.65 mph would better Sabolevsky's .146 light running an 11.533 @ 121.98. The second pairing would be Rob Zona (2) defeating # 5 qualifier Marc Scharago (5) with a .015 light, running a 10.751 @ 120.97 vs. Scharago's .278 reaction, running a 10.600 @ 127.21. The third pair would be Tommy Michalkowski (4) vs. Edgar Perez (7). Michalkowski, racing his own (spare) car, would take the win, cutting a .151 light, running a 11.527 @ 113.25. Perez could only muster a .129 light and an 11.672 @ 108.76 mph. Hopefully, Perez will have the Red Sled back out soon and return to his winning ways. (See Rumor Mill below). The fourth race of round one would see #1 qualifier Steve Wells take the bye and run a 10.441 at 132.08 mph.

2010 Race 3 Ladder

Round 2 - Semi-Final

The first pair in round two would be a heated battle, Wells vs. Cavanagh. Bragging rights would be claimed on the Corvette Forum and trash talking would ensue. Bumping in too deep, Wells was first out of the gate with a -.042 red light, putting an immediate buzz kill on the race. Nevertheless, Wells stayed in it, running door handle to door handle with Cavanagh. Wells took the stripe, but Cavanagh would have none of it and claim both ends of the race track with a dominating .017 light, running on the money with a dead-on the index 10.508 @ 132.02 to Wells' losing 10.551 @ 131.96.

The second pair would see Michalkowski go up against Zona. Both racers had excellent lights and were on their game. Michalkowski would come out victorious with a .010 light running a 10.719 @ 118.99 vs. Zona's losing .018 light, running 10.739 at a hard charging 138.07 mph.

Round 3 - Final

In the final round there were two C5s, both drivers hungry for their first Pro 10.50 win, but it was not to be. Unfortunately, in the previous round, Cavanagh broke his blower belt while crossing the finish line. There was no spare on the grounds and as a result, Cavanagh was unable to make the call. Michalkowski took his competition single and ran it out the back door with a strong 10.044 @ 137.50.

Congratulations to Tommy Michalkowski for the win!

All in all, it was a great race with very little carnage for cars this fast. See you April 24th.

Rumor Mill: That's right, you read it here first. Redgar has been getting anxious and decided to upgrade during the off season. The Red Sled's owner has been keeping secrets. For more information, go to this Top Secret web link:

Awards and Payouts Today

  • Winner Tommy Michalkowski earned a payout of $150 in addition to the winner trophy
  • Runner-up Shawn Cavanagh earned a payout of $100 in addition to the runner-up trophy
  • Number 1 Qualifier Steve Wells received a plaque for his 10.560 @ 115.91 qualifying run
  • Rob Zona received the Best Reaction Time plaque for the best winning reaction time in the first round at .015

2010 Points Standings

The points standings were tightened up today with Steve Wells leading the way for the second consecutive race but with a slimmer margin. Wells now holds a 4-point lead with 155 to today's race winner Tommy Michalkowski with 151 points. Rob Zona follows in third place with 132 points for the season. These three drivers are roughly separated by one round of competition. Shawn Cavanagh leaves today with 114 points total. Tom Sabolevsky rounds out the top 5 in points with 68 points thus far. The 10-data season should lead to a very interesting points chase as there is still plenty of time for anyone to get in the mix for 2010 with 8 dates remaining on the calendar.
Rank Name R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 Wins Rounds Avg Qual
1. Shawn Cavanagh 0 38 114 208 265 301 359 462 539 634 668 3 15 10.600 
2. Stephen Wells 0 97 155 193 251 348 381 437 475 513 616 3 12 10.636 
3. Tommy Michalkowski 0 56 151 226 260 314 367 422 515 548 602 2 13 10.889 
4. Edgar Perez 0 34 67 101 176 254 351 428 464 538 538 1 11 11.394 
5. Rob Zona 0 75 132 168 201 234 268 268 321 321 321 0 4 10.986 
6. Tom Sabolevsky 0 34 68 125 159 159 194 228 228 282 282 0 2 10.781 
7. Marc Scharago 0 0 34 34 34 68 68 68 103 113 113 0 0 10.920 
8. Alan Eckert 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  
9. Michael Calicchia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  

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