Round or Square Taillights?

Love 'em or hate 'em?

Seems the C7 and new Z06 taillights continue to spark lively discussions among Corvette lovers. Some sadly say those square-ish taillights broke from Corvette rounded-taillight tradition and look too much like those of a Camaro. Other embrace the square pairings as part of the C7's advanced design and technology refresh.

So which side are you on?
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taillightsThe four taillights have been either round or rounded for the majority of the Corvette’s history and are also one of the most recognizable features of the Corvette. The C7 has received much praise for its technology, handling characteristics, and design, but the debate among enthusiasts has been whether or not moving away from the round taillight configuration was a good idea. The new configuration still has four lights, but it's the shape and resemblance they have with the taillights of the Camaro that has sparked such a lively debate.


One Corvette owner commented, “At first I did not like them, especially when word leaked out they came from the Camaro, but they have grown on me.”

1959 2Another Corvette enthusiast stated, “I really love the rest of the car, but the back is all wrong.”

One fan sarcastically referenced the 1959 model, saying, “How could they EVER consider taillights that aren't round? Oh, the horror!”


Others commented that many of the people complaining are just resistant to change, while some who spoke out against the new design said that they thought the rear end was just plain ugly. Either way, anytime you change the design of a classic car, there are going to be a lot of different reactions. There is no denying that the C7 is a big step for Corvette, regardless of whether the taillights are round or square.

GM Design Director, Tom Peters, stated, “We wanted something that was an integrated, duel element that worked well with the sculpture and took full advantage of the technology and the functionality.” Peters talks more about the taillight design of the 2014 Corvette Stingray in this video and how he believes this new design will stand the test of time.

What are your thoughts? Was this a step in the wrong direction or did this decision give Corvette the fresh look it needed?

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Be On The Lookout! Those Awesome Z06s To Be In Dealer Showrooms Soon

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The new Corvette Z06 offers the most choice for customers in the model’s history..

Chevy News update Dec. 1, 2014

They’re finally on the way to dealerships!

Chevrolet began shipping the 2015 Corvette Z06 coupe from its Bowling Green Assembly Plant in Kentucky on Saturday.

That means some early customers could receive their supercars later this week.

“It has been an incredible opportunity to work on Chevy’s most capable model,” said Jeff Lamarche, plant manager of General Motors’ Bowling Green Assembly Plant. “It truly is an amazing car, and we’re thrilled to get them into the hands of our eager customers.”

The new Corvette Z06 offers the most choice for customers in the model’s history. It is the first Z06 to offer an available eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission and, thanks to a stronger aluminum frame, a removable roof panel.

In addition, it is the first time since 1963 that the Z06 is available as a convertible – which will arrive in early 2015.

Supercharged Engine

The new LT4 supercharged 6.2L V-8 engine is SAE-certified at 650 horsepower (485 kW) at 6,400 rpm and 650 lb-ft of torque (881 Nm) at 3,600 rpm – making the 2015 Corvette Z06 the most powerful production car ever from General Motors and one of the most powerful production cars available in the United States.

To balance performance and efficiency, the LT4 leverages a trio of advanced technologies – direct injection, Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and continuously variable valve timing –with a new, more efficient supercharger.

The LT4 helps make the Corvette Z06 the most capable car in the brand’s history. The Z06 accelerates from a rest to 60 mph in only 2.95 seconds when equipped with the all-new, available eight-speed automatic transmission – and achieves it in 3.2 seconds with the standard seven-speed manual transmission.

A quarter-mile sprint takes just 10.95 seconds with the eight-speed automatic and 11.2 seconds with the seven-speed manual. With both versions, the Corvette Z06 hits 127 mph at the end of the quarter-mile.

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The Z06s are finally heading to dealer showrooms this week.

When it comes to braking performance, the Z06 can stop from 60 mph in only 99.6 feet. That’s the best braking performance of any production car GM has ever tested. Additionally, the Corvette Z06 achieves 1.2 g in lateral acceleration compared with the Corvette’s previous best 1.13 g.

Z07 Performance

All test results were achieved with Z06 coupes fitted with the Z07 Performance package, which adds Brembo carbon ceramic brake rotors and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.

The Z07 package also features the most aggressive aerodynamic package available on the Corvette Z06, which delivers the most downforce of any production car GM has ever tested.

The Z06 also offers the industry-first Performance Data Recorder – or PDR – which enables users to record high-definition video, with telemetry overlays, of their driving experiences on and off the track. The racing-derived system is included with the available navigation system.

Pricing for the 2015 Corvette Z06 starts at $78,995 including destination, while the convertible model will start at $83,995.

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Maintenance Throughout The Life Of Your Corvette

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Your Corvette requires special attention to its unique maintenance issues, especially as your performance vehicle ages.

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“Wear and tear items typically fail a bit quicker on Corvettes, as they do on all performance vehicles, due to the more aggressive style of driving and composition of the parts,” says John Peters, fixed operations director for George Matick Chevrolet in metro Detroit.

“Brakes and tires are a much softer design so as to provide more stopping power and traction to the road. As a result, they tend to wear out a bit quicker than their counterparts.”



Signs of brake wear may include chirping, grinding or squealing noises, or difficulty stopping. Tires need to be properly inflated, rotated, and balanced to reduce risk of failure and also to save money. Tires may need to be replaced if you see cord or fabric showing through the rubber, three or more visible treadwear indicators, cracks or cuts in the tread or sidewall, or a bulge or split in the tire.

Trained dealer technicians have access to tools and equipment to inspect the brakes and tires, and can recommend quality parts engineered for your specific model.

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Corvette racecar driver John Heinricy recommends that a life-extending lubricant be applied to the door, hood, hatch and trunk seals. “The door and hatch seals are the most susceptible to deterioration,” he says. “This usually occurs after 10 to 20 years.”

Ideally, engine oil and windshield washer fluid levels should be checked at every fuel fill, but instrument cluster lights are also a good indicator that fluids are low and need to be filled. Proper fluid levels and approved fluids are important to protect the Corvette’s systems and components, Heinricy says.

Hoses are vital for transporting the fluids and should be regularly inspected to ensure that there are no cracks or leaks. Similarly, if you see that your belts are showing signs of cracking or splitting or if you hear squeaking, it may be time to have a trained technician inspect your belts and recommend adjustment or replacement if necessary.

Other than the obvious reason of keeping your Corvette looking glossy and new, properly washing and waxing will protect your paint job from the elements. Heinricy tends to wash his car when it starts to look dirty and waxes it once a year in the spring.

“I always hand wash my Corvette and I try to do it every couple weeks, but I keep it garaged when it’s wet out so I might only wash it once a month,” Heinricy adds. “If I go to a track or if I get caught in the rain, I wash it afterwards.” When he attends events and wants to impress other Corvette lovers, he often does a special cleanup.

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For Corvette owners who use their car in high-performance situations, such as autocross, high-performance driving like HPDEs or drag events, there are some special maintenance items to consider.

“It is recommended to change to a DOT 4 brake fluid, which can operate at a much higher temperature,” says Heinricy, whose Chevy Sonic racecar is sponsored by Matick Chevy.

“The brake fluid should be completely changed each year because there is a normal absorption of moisture in the fluid that deteriorates the high temperature capability.” Always use fresh fluid from unopened containers for the replacement of the fluid.

When driving in high-performance events, it is also important to change the oil more frequently. Heinricy usually changes his fluid when he sees a significant discoloration of the oil, but it’s important to note that the type of oil may also vary. GM actually recommends different oil when using the C7 during track days, as apposed to oil from the factory fill. The owner’s manual has specific recommendations for HPDE/track day use.

For track driving, occasionally specific high performance suspension alignment settings are used. “The alignment should be changed back for street driving or higher than normal tire wear could result. If the same tires are used for both track and street, then this may not matter, as the wear during track use will be the most significant,” Heinricy explains.

Brake pads often are replaced with brands that are intended for track day activities. “There is usually a much higher rate of brake dust accumulation on the wheels during these events and care should be taken to remove the dust and residue as soon as possible because this dust can permanently damage the wheel finish,” the Corvette expert says.

John Peters says additional maintenance service may be required for your Corvette. He suggests using trained Chevy technicians who can perform a thorough multi-point inspection and can recommend when your vehicle may need extra attention.

George Matick Chevrolet in metro Detroit is a one-stop destination for all your Corvette maintenance needs. Schedule an appointment online or call (877) 291-5506 to speak with a certified service technician. For additional information on service and maintenance, see Section 11 of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual.

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Kellermeyer Plots 2015 Season With A Secret Weapon Up His Sleeve

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Danny Kellermeyer likes racing at tricky technical tracks such as Waterford Hills.

“It was a blast,” says Corvette Racecar Driver Danny Kellermeyer as he closes the history books on his impressive 2014 summer racing record.

“To say that I was busy is an understatement,” he admits, “but boy did we have fun!”

Kellermeyer competed in 24 T1-class races in both the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and Waterford Hills Road Racing  (WHRRI) series. His #37 yellow Matick Chevy-sponsored Corvette won the WHRRI T1 Championship in Michigan and he finished with the highest points in the SCCA T1 class in the Great Lakes Series.

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Danny (right) and sponsor Karl Zimmermann.

And for next season he’s anticipating even tougher competition from T1 drivers and their fast racecars in both the SCCA and WHRRI.

“To name a few, Alex Pagaini from Canada is building a new BMW to come out and attack our Matick Chevy Corvette. There will be more pressure from Tom Janos of Clio (Michigan) and Danny Jabbori of Walled Lake (Michigan) with their Corvettes,” predicts the veteran champion.

“So you see we have no lack of local talent and competition. That is not to say I don’t have a trick up my sleeve.”

What's His Secret Sauce?

“I have a new C7 Corvette, which will be in race form by next year. It is presently stripped to its bare frame and will soon be receiving its roll cage and drivetrain. I have tried to keep it under wraps,” he says, “but I guess this corvetteblog.com interview is going to let the cat out of the bag.”

A C7 decked out and ready to race. “Now that’ll be sweet,” he says, with that charming Kellermeyer twinkle in his eyes.

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The T1 competition was tough this season, which provided lots of tight racing.

Kellermeyer considers T1 the ultimate in a production-car class. It brings all the serious performance cars together, such as Porsches, Vipers, BMWs and Corvettes. “The competition is tough and the equalization of all the cars has to be done to try and obtain equality from one make to another,” he adds.

“Of course, the Corvette is one of the fastest in production form so it receives additional restraints to equalize it to the other brands.”

In order to equalize the Corvettes in this year’s series, Kellermeyer had to add a 65 mm flat-plate air restrictor and an additional 165 pounds to the car to meet the new T1 class requirements.

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Danny enjoys signing autographs.

“We ended up weighing 3,250 pounds (with driver) after the race was over. We ran this weight and restrictor all year. We do have a different setup for each track we run so alignment and scaling of the car is a must,” he explains.

The extra weight and air restrictor did pose some challenges during the season. “The competition was closer and tighter than ever. Tony Mac (Troy, Mich.) driving a BMW, Jim Bambard (Rochester, Mich.) driving a Corvette,  Christian Cook (Troy, Mich.) driving a Porsche, Robert and Jonathan Pfeffer (Indianapolis, Ind.) both driving Corvettes, as well as numerous others, all created a class that resulted in lots of close and exciting races.”

Skill  & A Little Luck

The extra time that Kellermeyer devotes to prep and maintenance is displayed on the track. “We were lucky this year as only two of our outings were affected by mechanical problems. A fuel pump failure kept me from starting one race and a belt tensioner failure occurred on my victory lap. This would have affected the race outcome if that happened five minutes earlier. Sometimes it’s good to be lucky.” Kellermeyer laughs.

This season, he competed at Gingerman Raceway and Grattan Raceway in west Michigan, as well as MidOhio in Mansfield, Ohio. “All of these tracks are as technical as Waterford Hills. They all have elevation changes, blind corners and tricky combination corners.” Kellermeyer explains.

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Kids always can sit inside Danny's racecars.

“It is not ‘til you get out of our Michigan area going south or west, do the tracks start to level out with corners you can draw on paper and drive accordingly. I personally love driving on tricky technical tracks.”

This year, Kellermeyer logged 2,016 competition miles plus another 1,520 miles during practice days, open track days and exhibitions days. “Prep hours are not logged, however for each outing normal prep would be 16 hours and maintenance and repair could account for an additional 8-24 hours. Needless to say a lot of time goes into prep and maintenance for a race,” he reports.

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DJ Racing set up its display at numerous events this season.

Kellermeyer also was busy off the track. This summer he set up his DJ Racing trailers and Corvette displays at four main events — Corvettes in the “D” (Detroit), the Matick Chevrolet-sponsored Corvette Caravan to the Detroit Grand Prix, Americas Corvette Show, and Back to the Bricks in Flint, Mich.

“We also displayed at the Matick Chevy open house celebration to unveil the $7-million renovation of their new dealership, which recently gained the honor of being LEED certified. I also was pleased to be the guest speaker at various events, interviewed for multiple TV specials about racing and active on the Internet even answering Corvette questions on Ask DJ Race,” Kellermeyer says.

“We talked to thousands of Corvette enthusiasts and handed out more than 4,000 fan posters, which a great majority of them I personally signed. So to say I was busy is an understatement. It was fun!”

What's On Tap For Next Season?

Kellermeyer plans on running additional SCCA races in an effort to claim the Great Lakes Championship. “I was the top points driver this year but missed a couple races due to scheduling conflicts, so I was not able to claim the championship,” he explains. “It is difficult to be everywhere at the same time. Although this season I did race and have a Corvette show going on at the same time. The two events were close enough so that I could jump back and forth to handle both.”

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Danny signed almost 4,000 posters this year.

But, conflicts aside, he ends this conversation with a friendly warning to his racing foes: “I’ll be back … this time better and faster!

For more on driver Danner Kellermeyer and what makes him tick, scroll down through this Hour Detroit Magazine article to the end. You’ll discover everything from what his first racecar was to why he loves yellow!

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Winter Storage Tips From The Corvette Experts

Sadly, for those living in a northern climate, it’s time to put away your Corvette for the winter. To help you prep, Corvette expert and race car driver, John Heinricy, offers timely advice on how to prevent costly headaches come springtime.

✓  Change your oil before storage. Contaminants in old oil can cause erosion of seals and gaskets. It’s best to have fresh, clean oil in the engine. Old oil that sits all winter can corrode engine parts. So unless you are driving your car regularly in winter, you shouldn’t worry about doing another oil change in the spring.

✓  Add a fuel stabilizer to keep your fuel fresh.

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This will eliminate the need to drain your gas tank since a full tank helps to prevent condensation and rust. I recommend adding 1 oz. of a stabilizer, such as STA-BIL, for every 2.5 gallons of gas. Since most Corvettes hold about 18-19 gallons, add about 7 to 8 oz. of stabilizer.

I’ve heard some Corvette owners add half of the recommended amount of stabilizer to a quarter tank of gas and then fill the tank until it’s almost full and then add the other half of the stabilizer. But running your car for about 5 to 10 minutes after adding the stabilizer to your tank should treat the entire fuel system. The important thing is to make sure you have a full tank before putting your Corvette into storage.
 

✓  Maintain the battery while your car is stored. I use a battery-maintaining device, such as Battery Tender, during the time that my Corvettes are stored. This will not only keep your battery charged, but it has what is called float capability. Battery Tender reduces the voltage when the battery is fully charged and prevents damage to the Corvette battery. The Corvette battery will last a lot longer this way because life-shortening battery damage due to a “dead” battery will be avoided.

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Another option is to just remove the battery altogether or disconnect the ground cable from the battery.

✓  Avoid parking on flat surfaces. Leaving your Corvette on a hard flat surface for long periods can lead to “flat spots” on the tires, which can give your car symptoms of an unbalanced wheel and create extra noise while driving. Some Corvette owners will overinflate their tires to avoid this, usually filling them to just under the maximum PSI shown on the tire’s sidewall. With today’s tires, flat spotting is becoming less and less of an issue.

My experience is that the flat spotting, which happens during storage, is temporary. When the Corvette is taken out of storage, drive a few miles at lower speeds until the flat spotting goes away and then resume normal driving.

✓  And avoid using blocks. One of the problems with putting your Corvette on blocks is shock absorber leakage. If the suspension is allowed to droop completely with the shock absorbers fully extended, the seals in the shock absorber can be compressed for a long time. This could result in leakage when the Corvette is taken out of storage.

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If you are worried about permanent flat spotting and don’t want to risk damaging your suspension, a product such as Race Ramps FlatStoppers might be a good solution. These provide a more even weight distribution and do not conduct heat or cold into your tires despite the changing floor temperatures in your storage area.


✓  Clean your Corvette inside and outside. This helps to keep it looking like new. Protecting treasure from scratches and other potential problems with a quality cover is another good idea. Corvette covers can run anywhere from $150 to $450 so do some research on which one is right for your Corvette.

The most important consideration is selecting the right kind of fabric for your specific storage application. Cotton flannel fabrics breathe and allow air to circulate through them as well as being soft and easy on your cars paint and wax. Cotton/polyester fabrics have poor fluid resistance and trap heat and moisture. Plastic films should be avoided because they don't breathe.

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Here are more interesting tips collected from car owners by the Corvette experts at Matick Chevy, the sponsor of John Heinricy’s Chevy Sonic racecar.

• Place several mothballs on plates around and under your Corvette to keep mice away. You can also add dryer sheets to the interior and trunk to keep critters away.

• Put a couple of boxes of baking soda out around your car to absorb moisture.

• Crack the windows in your Corvette to allow circulation.

• Put steel wool in the exhaust pipes to keep animals out, but make sure you remember to remove it in the spring before driving your Corvette.

• It might seem like a good idea to start your car up every once in a while, but letting your car idle for any amount of time does not get rid of the condensation that is created in the exhaust system and engine. Do not start the car unless you are going to drive it. Start up is the hardest thing on the engine, especially when the car sits for an extended period of time. Doing it once in the spring is better than many times during the winter.

• Place a “Dry Pac” moisture bag in the interior and engine bay to keep the moisture levels down. Rest them on small plastic bags so they do not come into direct contact with your Corvette.

The certified technicians at George Matick Chevrolet’s service department understand what it takes to properly get your Corvette storage ready. If you want to make sure everything is done correctly, call and let them take care of your prep work: (866) 561-0521.

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2014 Corvette Stingray Statistics

How many Corvettes were built for the 2014 model year, in which colors, and where were they distributed?
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The National Corvette Museum originally posted those production numbers last week, which probably were supplied by a GM source, on its website. The museum's post was removed, but those numbers were reposted by Digital Corvettes and GM Authority.

General Stats
• Corvettes built for the 2014 model year: 37,288
• Built with the Z51 performance package: 21,105
• Built with automatic transmission: 24,088
• Corvettes The National Corvette Museum delivered: 1,231

Colors
• Torch Red: 7,197
• Arctic White: 6,153
• Black: 5,929
• Cyber Gray: 4,064
• Laguna Blue: 3,281
• Crystal Red: 3,020
• Velocity Yellow: 2,125
• Blade Silver: 2,088
• Nightrace Blue: 1,827
• Lime Rock Green: 1,566

Interior
• Jet Black Leather: 14,580
• Kalahari Leather: 5,369
• Black/Red Leather: 4,512
• Red Leather: 3,468
• Jet Black Suede: 2,983
• Gray Leather Suede: 2,835
• Brownstone Suede: 1,492
• Kalahari Suede: 1,044
• Gray Suede: 559
• Brownstone Leather: 485
• 93 percent of cars were equipped with GT seats
• 5,108 cars built with suede-wrapped upper interior trim

Wheels
• Built with chrome wheels: 10,291
• Built with black wheels: 10,142
• Built with Z51 chrome wheels: 7,197
• Built with silver wheels: 4,586
• Built with Z51 Sterling Silver wheels: 2,834
• Wheels were machine-faced: 1,156


See the full list of statistics at GM Authority.

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Chevy Cites Parking Brake And Airbags In 2015 Corvette Recalls

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About 900 2015 Corvettes are recalled.

By Bengt Halvorson, reposted from The Car Connection, Oct. 27, 2014

General Motors has issued two safety-related recalls for its 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

The two recalls affect about 900 cars in all, with a driver’s side airbag separation issue affecting about 89 vehicles that were delivered to owners, and a separate issue with parking-brake cables potentially affecting 783 cars.

With the airbag issue, which had been the reason for a stop-sale issued to dealerships on September 11, affects Corvette models that were assembled from August 20 to August 27, 2014. In those vehicles, an airbag module back plate could fracture, allowing the airbag itself to separate from the steering wheel—a problem that could result in additional risk of injury to the driver in a crash.

The other problem, pertaining to the parking brake, affects models assembled from August 20 to September 4, 2014. In some vehicles, only one of the rear parking cables may be completely sealed and engaged, which would lead to the parking brake system only operating one of the park-brake drums — potentially resulting in a rollaway.

For the airbag problem, GM will be replacing the driver’s side frontal airbag free of charge. As for the parking-brake problem, dealerships will need to inspect the parking brake system and correct the installation as needed. GM estimates that only 7 of the 783 Corvettes recalled actually have the problem.

Owners of affected Corvette models haven’t been notified yet, but they’re advised to contact Chevrolet Customer Service at 800-222-1020, to call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236, or to head to www.safercar.gov.

Dealerships, such as Matick Chevy in Michigan, will also be able to assist in determining which, if any, of the recalls apply to your vehicle.

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Recap of the 2014 SCCA National Championship Runoffs

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Michigan racecar driver John Heinricy headed west for the annual Sports Car Club of America National Championship Runoffs earlier this month with a big target on his back.

Top drivers from around the country were gunning to dethrone this 12-time SCCA national champion (in four different classes) at the Mazda Speedway in California during the Oct. 6-12 national season finale.

“You might think that this is old hat for me after all these years of racing,” Heinricy said about the challenges he faced during the weeklong event. “But that was far from reality. In many respects the pressure was even higher because I’m a past champion.

“Every day, I, along with my mechanics, worked from dawn ‘til dusk on both of my racecars to make sure they were in top condition for qualifying. Each day, setups were checked, double-checked and changed to try to make even the smallest improvements.”

Tensions often run high among the more than 500 drivers who converged this year on Monterey, CA., to compete in the 27 different classes for national championships. Racecars often get damaged during the qualifying sessions and must be repaired in time for their races. During practice and qualifying runs, each driver also is trying to out-think their opponents and to learn the fastest way around the track. Then it’s back to their garages to fine-tune their racecar to make it faster for this specific track.

Most drivers only had one car to worry about in this year’s runoffs. But Heinricy qualified in two classes and had two racecars to manage. Then there were the media pressures: Sports Car magazine picked him to win one class and place second in another.

Leading up to the big event, Heinricy finished the summer season undefeated in six races in his Matick Chevrolet-sponsored Chevy Sonic to gain entry into the runoff’s B Spec class. He was invited to defend his 2013 A Sedan class championship without having to qualify during the 2014 season. In both 2013 and 2014 runoffs, he drove a Pontiac Firebird owned by Tom Aquilante Racing.

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“I qualified the Matick Chevy Sonic first on each of the three days of qualifying and qualified the Firebird second each day. So my hopes were very high for a successful championship bid,” added Heinricy.

“Expectations were high and I didn’t want to disappoint the teams and sponsors as well as satisfying myself that I have done my best. That makes it a little harder to get that all-important good night’s sleep each day. Fortunately, there were few repairs to be made during the week and the cars responded well to those tweaks so I could put all my focus on learning the course and improving the car each day.”

His bid to remain A Sedan class champ in the Aquilante team Firebird came Friday afternoon. “I got a good start in the first race and was in second place going into the first turn. The third-place car made contact with my left rear tire causing me to lose some time. I came out of that turn behind a Mustang and another Pontiac Firebird.

“That Mustang pulled out a few seconds lead over the next two laps. I made a pass for second place at the end of the main straight and pulled out a lead over the third-place Pontiac. I was catching up with the Mustang, which was beginning to have problems with its brakes. Right when it was looking like the race was playing into my hands, I developed an engine problem,” said Heinricy. “It was terminal and I had to pull out of the race.”

He was hoping for better luck on Sunday in his Matick Chevy Sonic.

“I was qualified on the pole for my second race. I started great and was first into and out of the first turn. I extended my lead for several laps and my chances for a win were looking very good,” he said.

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Until the caution flag went up due to an accident.

“During that flag my Sonic’s engine lost power. I pulled into the pits and my crew quickly reset the electronics. I returned to the track with the engine running great, but I was behind all the other cars because of the pit stop.

“I ran my best laps of the week for the rest of the race and was faster than everyone else,” he said. “But I was unable to make up the lost time from the pit stop.”

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Despite the setbacks, Heinricy experienced many good memories during the California race week. One was working again with his favorite racing teams – Joe Aquilante’s Phoenix Performance and Tom Aquilante Racing. 

Joe’s son, Andrew, won championships in two classes, including the GT2 class in a Corvette. A Corvette driven by Kyle Kelly won the GT1 class. Tom’s two daughters, Amy and Beth, also raced in the A Sedan class.

Another highlight: “My friend and co-driver for many years of racing, Don Knowles, helped me with mechanical work and coaching all week. We enjoyed dinner one evening with members of the RRDC (Road Racing Driver’s Club) to socialize as well as plan a strategy for naming a recipient of the prestigious Mark Donohue Award to be given to one of the racers for outstanding performance during the weekend runoffs.”

Even with all the hard work and preparation, things can go wrong during a race, reflected Heinricy. “Next year’s work will revolve around taking this year’s learnings and transmitting them into improvements to help us do even better in this sport that we love so much!”

Visit speedcasttv.com to stream on demand video of the 2014 SCCA Runoffs.

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Corvette Driver Kellermeyer Adds Another Title To His Trophy Case

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Kellermeyer and his #37 C6 take another victory lap.

What could be better than competing for two T1 racing championships?

Driver Danny Kellermeyer and his Matick Chevrolet/Corvette Central-sponsored D.J. Racing Corvettes won the 2014 Waterford Hills Road Racing (WHRR) T1 Championship and finished the season with the most posts in the SCCA Great Lakes Challenge.

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Kellermeyer loves to sign autographs.

“We enjoyed a lot of great race weekends this summer and finished WHRR at the top of our class,” says Kellermeyer, owner of D.J. Racing Enterprise of Ortonville, Mich. “Race fans said the competition this season was really fun to watch. We had a lot of close racing and people were going crazy. You could hear them moaning and cheering. It was fun to listen to them and all their comments during and after the races.”

The 2014 Waterford Hills title is Kellermeyer’s 31st championship claimed since 1989 and his fourth in a row in the WHRR T1 Class.

This championship consisted of 18 races during the 2014 season.

“To win these races, I had to be on top of my game at all times. Our Matick Chevy-sponsored #37 yellow Corvette was on the podium all but once,” Kellermeyer adds. “And 61 percent were for first place.

“Competition was tough from not only the other Corvettes, but from high-performance cars like Porsche and BMW. The Corvette of Jim Bambard and the Porsche of Christian Cook were tough, but the heaviest completion came from Tony Mac in his BMW,” says the veteran champion. “Many times the start of the race would see all the lead cars side by side lap after lap in heavy competition.”

Kellermeyer Corvette Matick ChevyKellermeyer won both the WHRRI and the SCCA Great Lakes Challenge a few years ago. But while he finished this season with the most points in the SCCA T1 competition, he did not win the title.

“I was the top on points in the championship running, but didn't have the percentage of races completed due to conflicts in my race scheduling this season,” Kellermeyer says. “No one in the T1 class, as well as a lot of the classes, had completed their new rules so no one will be crowned the T1 champion.”

Team Milestones

Kellermeyer’s D.J. Racing Team also set a milestone this season, accumulating 110,701 road-racing track miles. That’s about 4.5 times around the world.

“Our team is always strong and competitive,” says Kellermeyer, who has be actively racing Corvettes since 1989. “We thrive on each other’s energy. Robert and Jonathan Pfeffer of Indianapolis, Ind., joined in at the Mid-Ohio races this year. We tend to help each other and give each other track tips and find we can dial the track in much faster when we have multiple cars.”

D.J. Racing has supported up to five cars during a racing season. Corvette dealer Matick Chevrolet in metro Detroit has sponsored Kellermeyer for the past three seasons.

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D.J. Racing's garage and trailer area is filled with friends and spectators on race weekends.

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Car & Driver: 10 Cars That Paved The Way For A Mid-Engined C8 Corvette

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A mid-engined Corvette was closer to production reality than you might think.

It May Become A Reality As The 2017 Corvette ZR1

By Don Sherman from the October 2014 issue of Car and Driver

Two hours into the 1957 12-hour Sebring Grand Prix, driver John Fitch dove into the pits to abandon his Corvette Super Sport. Officials were told a failed rear-suspension bushing prompted the DNF, but the real reason behind the early retirement was that Fitch couldn’t take the heat. Literally. Exhaust pipes snaking through the experimental sports racer’s magnesium body had cooked his feet.

Pondering the demise of his Sebring project, Corvette patron saint Zora Arkus-Duntov concluded, “The heat source must be behind the driver.” From then on, Arkus-Duntov’s pursuit of a mid-engined Corvette never wavered. His legacy is this family album of experiments, prototypes, concepts, and stillborn production proposals.

To test his theories, Arkus-Duntov built the single-seat Chevrolet Experimental Research Vehicle with a 353-hp aluminum-block V-8 driving the rear wheels through a four-speed transaxle. CERV I served as a test bed for the production C2 Corvette’s independent rear suspension. After attacking Pikes Peak, Arkus-Duntov lapped GM’s Milford proving grounds at 206 mph in this car.

To read the rest of Don's Car And Driver blog and to see these special 10 cars, click here.

Photography by Michael Furman and the manufacturer

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