Danny Kellermeyer set the T1 fastest-lap record at the new National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park this summer. Photo by Jeff Loewe
Legendary Michigan racecar driver Danny Kellermeyer racked up another amazing season in his #37 yellow C6 Corvette.
In addition to setting track lap records at the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park and Mid-Ohio Sports Car race tracks, Kellermeyer repeated as the winner of two titles — the SCCA Great Lakes Championship Series, which includes race results from tracks in five states, and the Waterford Hills Road Racing (WHRRI) Championship series in Michigan.
“The WHRRI Championship was hard fought over the season’s 15 races and it came right down to the last weekend to finalize the points winner,” reports Kellermeyer of the George Matick Chevrolet-sponsored DJ Racing Team. “The Clarkston, Mich., WHRRI is a challenging 14-turn, 1.5-mile road race track that draws a very competitive group of drivers from Canada, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and as far away as New York.
“We experienced exceptional racing this year with great competition from BMWs, Porsches, as well as other Corvettes,” he adds. “Our Matick Chevy Corvette racecar was able to win 10 of the 15 races this summer, which put us on top for the championship.”
The Waterford Hills Road Racing championship came down to the last day of racing with Danny Kellermeyer retaining the title. Photo by Mark Windecker
The DJ Racing Team faced challenging competitors at multiple tracks in the SCCA Great Lakes Championship Series.
Kellermeyer competed in the first “door-to-door competition race” at the new National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park in Kentucky. The 184-acre facility — completed in late 2014 — hosted its first SCCA competition event in June.
The $20-million facility consists of a west and east course and, when combined into the Grand Course, creates an exciting 3.15-mile extremely technical course.
“This new track was on my list of things to do this season, and we were going to tackle the track with vengeances,” Kellermeyer reports. “I love studying new tracks and this one was going to be new to everyone. It was a fun event and I was able to have my family all together at the track. It’s not often I have been able do that.”
The track consisted of three sections where more than 125 mph could be obtained, two of those areas continue into carousels where 95-100 mph are maintained. Add in 23 turns, a LeMans straight, a 30-foot sink hole drop, a 75-mph chicane in the front straight and you have the most technical track anywhere, he says.
“I thought I had the track figured out before I got there, but I found out how wrong I was. I did not calculate for all of those elevation changes. The complete track is rolling except for the front straight,” says Kellermeyer.
His #37 yellow Corvette emerged triumphant, winning both races and setting a new track record each day. “Our Matick Chevy/Corvette Central/Hawk-sponsored performance Corvette will go down in history as the first Corvette to win at NCM Motorsports Park in a competition event,” boasts a happy Kellermeyer. “I set the T1 record the first race and then broke the record by 1.5 seconds in the second race.”
At the Gingerman Raceway in West Michigan, Kellermeyer captured another first-place podium finish as well as top finishes at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. He once again broke the T1 track record on the pro course at Mid-Ohio.
“The track got better the final day and I was able to lower the lap record by more than a second on the final day. I was able to qualify under the record, but we can only set the record during the race. So we worked on the car to get it ready for the race to run another fast lap and it worked.”
Racecar driver Danny Kellermeyer enjoys meeting with fans, signing posters and talking about his Matick Chevy-sponsored C6. Photo by Jeff Loewe
The DJ Racing Team also managed to support other venues. Highlights of these were the Waterford Hills Road Racing Vintage Race, Corvette Autocross events, shows and displays, and hosting various Corvette clubs with DJ Racing shop tours.
DJ Racing's 29-year-old C4 Corvette was prepped and ran its first vintage races. A podium finish was obtained in all three races, finishing with two second places and a first place. “The older racecar still was impressive as it had been stored in a barn for the past nine years,” he says.
The Flint Corvette Club (Mich.) and Irish Hills Corvette Club teamed up to hold an NCCC autocross event at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) this summer. The event brought in competitors from as far away as Nebraska. The DJ Racing team supported the event with a display of the Matick Chevy-sponsored C6 Corvette racecar, as well as offering free corner weight evaluations of the competitors' cars.
“We set up the scales and scaled a lot of cars,” says Kellermeyer. “Each competitor got a Matick Chevy corner weight sheet documenting their Corvette. I don’t think anyone has ever offered this at an event and we had Corvette owners waiting for their opportunity to drive up on the scales.”