C5 Corvette Pace Car Donation Kicks Off Waterford Hills Racing Season

Matick Chevy Danny Kellermeyer Pace Car Dedication
This new C5 Corvette pace car made its debut May 6 at Waterford Hills Road Course with (left to right) Matick Chevy-sponsored racecar driver Danny Kellermeyer, Matick Chevy Performance Vehicle Manager Alan Johnson, AES Auto Parts & Sales owners Twymen and Rachel Burrough, and Matick Chevy GM Molly Williams.

Corvette Racecar Driver Danny Kellermeyer celebrated a double treat at the beginning of the 2017 racing season.

First Treat: Stiff winds didn’t stop the veteran Matick Chevy-sponsored racer from maneuvering his 2008 Millennium Yellow C6 Corvette out in front of competitors three times over the May 6-7 race weekend at Michigan's Waterford Hills Road Course (WHRC).

Kellermeyer won two class races – one on Saturday afternoon and the other Sunday morning – and capped that off by taking the feature race Sunday afternoon at the 1.42-mile road course.

“It was a good weekend,” said Kellermeyer of Ortonville, Mich., winner of the 2016 SCCA Great Lakes Division T-1 Championship and Waterford Hills T-1 Championship.

“It was very close in all three races with different competitors. On the track the lead drivers were so close," says Kellermeyer of DJ Racing, “you could have thrown a blanket over us.”

Pace Car Unveiled

Second Treat: Drivers gathered around a striking new C5 Corvette pace car greeted the unveiling with applause and whistles at Waterford Hills Road Course May 6.

The shiny magnetic red beauty came about as a group effort by several businesses, including Matick Chevrolet of metro Detroit, AES Auto & Part Sales, SKF Racing, Hawk Performance and Whelan Automotive.

The car -- a replica of the Corvette 50th anniversary pace car used at the Indy 500 in 2003 -- replaces a 20-year-old Miata that will now serve as the track’s backup pace car.

Matick Chevy Danny Kellermeyer WHRR Pace Car
Matick Chevy-sponsored racecar driver Danny Kellermeyer at the wheel inside the new Waterford Hills Road Course pace car.

Matick Chevy Performance Vehicle Manager Alan Johnson said the Matick Chevy team went through the car’s brakes and fluids and also cleaned the car.

Matick Chevy GM Molly Williams said, “We’re proud to be donating something will last for years to come – and we love working with Danny and the team at Waterford Hills.”

AES Auto & Part Sales of Romulus, owned by Twymen and Rachel Burrough, provided several parts donations.

“It’s exciting for us to get this car, exciting to see the sponsorship and support,” says Bruce MacDonald, WHRRI director of racing.

MacDonald said the donation comes as the track readies plans for its 60th anniversary in 2018.

Jerry Shiloff, WHRRI chief steward and Waterford track regular for the past 49 years, called the new Corvette a “fine addition” to the track.

“With next year being the 60th at the track, the pace car kicked off all the excitement,” said champion racecar driver Kellermeyer.

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