Danny Kellermeyer introduced his new C7 to members of the Flint Corvette Club, who visited his garage for DJ Racing’s annual Daytona 500 watch party.
Matick Chevy-sponsored racecar driver Danny Kellermeyer heads into the upcoming 2017 racing season as last season’s T-1 Corvette racing champion – and as the owner/creator of a new Matick Chevy C7 Corvette Stingray.
“I built this one ground up from a bare frame,” says Kellermeyer, winner of the SCCA Great Lakes Division T-1 Championship and Waterford Hills T-1 Championship.
Cold-weather months are busier for Kellermeyer, of Ortonville, Mich., than many might assume. “That’s because we’re prepping and building race cars,” he says.
The other four cars in his fleet also are Kellermeyer creations.
He admits that after a long winter, he’s itching to get out onto the racetracks. This spring, he tested the new C7 after rains washed all the road salt off the highways. “I’m just fussy enough that I don’t take trailers out in the salt,” he says.
Races begin May 6-7 at Waterford Hills Road Course in metro Detroit, and Kellermeyer expects to take part in 22 races at tracks in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Fans can follow his progress at djrace.com.
Kellermeyer’s other Corvette cars, which he also built, are primed to hit the track.
He owns two C6s – a yellow 2008 and a silver 2011.
His C5 – one of only 42 GM kit cars constructed in 1999 – is his backup racecar.
The oldest in the garage, a C4 built in 1988, runs once or twice a season in vintage class races.
The new C7 has advantages over the others – better weight distribution in the rear, and a GM Stage 3 Aero package that provides more downforce.
The racecar weighs 3,250 pounds and has 395 horsepower, plus its coefficient drag also is improved. “It’s a smoother car going through the wind,” he says.
Danny Kellermeyer unveiled his new C7 Matick Chevrolet-sponsored racecar to the public at the Waterford Hills Road Racing display during the Third Annual Motor City Hot Rod and Racing Expo in Novi on March 25-26.
Three seasons ago, track officials decided Kellermeyer had to have a restrictor on his racecar engine to slow him up, mainly because he was always winning races.
In the new Matick Chevy-sponsored C7, the L56 motor allows him to have the largest restrictor and the lightest weight. “It makes Corvettes competitive with the cars we run against – Porches, BMWs and Vipers,” he says.
Kellermeyer, who also is lead instructor at Waterford Hills, has assigned the number 41 to the C7, and it’s painted yellow, as are most of his cars.
“Yellow is a good color, a happy color,” he says. “It shows up good on the track.”
Fans may wonder how he decides which car in the pack to race. It’s an easy answer for Kellermeyer: “The one I think I can win with.”
As he enters another season, he says racing cars never gets old. “I love the camaraderie at the track and the competition. But when you hit the track, the friendship falls by the wayside and you are all competitors,” he says.
Kellermeyer has been racing since he was 8 years old, when he’d slip away from the family farm in Jackson, Mich., to race go-karts at a nearby track. And he’s always been a winner on and off the track.
He recalls races where he lost the lead on the “last turn,” he says, “but we got out and I slapped the winner on the back and said, ‘Good race, but I’ll do better next time.’”
Posted April 29, 2017