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

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


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 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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SCCA National Championship Runoffs

The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) is a 60,000-member motorsports organization that incorporates all facets of autocross, rally, and road racing at both club and professional levels. It annually sanctions over 2,000 events through its 114 regions and professional subsidiary. Fifty years after the first edition at Riverside in 1964, and long after its last visit in 1968, the SCCA National Championship Runoffs returns to the west coast in a big way with an event at the iconic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. National champions will be crowned in 27 runoffs-eligible classes in this winner-take-all motorsports classic. The SCCA National Championship Runoffs will take place October 6th through the 12th.2014 scca runoffs logo 1
Sports Car magazine has picked John Heinricy to win the Championship this year in the Matick Chevy Sonic and place second in his Firebird. Mr. Heinricy is looking good as the champion, winning all six races that he entered in the Matick Chevy Sonic this season. We had a chance to talk with “The Heinrocket” about the upcoming runoffs and hear some of his thoughts.

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• How many cars will be participating in this year’s National Championship?

Right now there are 536 entries for the SCCA National Championship races scheduled for October 6th through the 12th at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA. There will be 26 separate classes of cars competing. Each entrant will have qualified for the championship races by accumulating points during the 2014 season at SCCA races held on dozens of tracks across the US. I competed at Mid Ohio, Watkins Glen, NY and Gingerman Raceway in South Haven, MI.

• How many Corvettes will be racing in this year’s SCCA Runoffs?

There are 22 Corvettes entered. I have won the Championship 6 times driving a Corvette. Five of those were driving for Phoenix Performance owned by Joe Aquilante. This year, Joe’s team has 4 entries and I expect they will have championship results.

• What is your tie-in with the Corvette community?

My tie-in with the Corvette community started almost simultaneously while working for Chevrolet Engineering as the Development Manager for the Corvette in 1983 and starting to race Corvette professionally in 1984. I quickly found out how passionate Corvette owners are about their own Corvettes as well as racing Corvette. I spent about a dozen years engineering the Corvette and close to 20 years racing them so far, with more to come I hope. I have also spent many hours with Corvette clubs all across the U.S. and some in Europe, competing as well as at various club events.

• What is your role in this year’s event?

My role at the SCCA Championships this year is primarily as the driver in the Firebird and the Matick Chevy Sonic with the goal of winning the championship in both classes. I will also be the primary mechanic on the Sonic doing most of the work on the car while there. Tom Aquilante Racing will provide a crew for the Firebird, but I expect to help out as well. I will need to provide a lot of feedback to the team after each qualifying session so that the car will be improved for each session as well as for the race.

• What class are you racing in?

I will compete in two classes. The first is called A Sedan and consists mostly of Chevrolet Camaros, Pontiac Firebirds, and Ford Mustangs. I will be racing a Pontiac Firebird prepared by Tom Aquilante Racing of Phoenixville, PA. I have won this class 5 times driving for the same team, once in a Camaro and 4 times in the Firebird. The cars are powered by “old school” carbureted V8s that put on quite a show. This race will be held on Friday, October 10th at 2:30 PM. I have been picked to come in 2nd for this race behind a Ford Mustang by Sports Car magazine.

The second class I will race in is called B Spec. It is a class for “B” segment cars like the Chevrolet Sonic, Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit, Mini, etc. I will race the Matick Chevy Sonic on Sunday, October 12th at 8:30 AM. I have been picked to win this race by Sports Car magazine.

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• What will the competition be like?

Since the entrants are the top points winners from all over the U.S., I expect the competition will be fierce. Everyone racing is capable of winning the championship. There will be 3 days of qualifying sessions, which will determine the order of the racecars at the start, with the driver with the fastest lap time starting at the front, called the pole position. Each race is a maximum of 45 minutes. Besides having the advantage of starting in the front for the race, there are prizes and awards for qualifying position so everyone is trying their hardest to achieve the best possible time. Then, everything is on the line for the 45-minute race.

• What do you like or dislike about this track?

The Mazda Speedway is a major road-racing racetrack located in Monterey, CA. It has a long history of racing and is considered one of the top circuits in the U.S. The location is spectacular in that it is close to the ocean and Pebble Beach with great weather, usually. The track itself is very challenging with the most famous turn being the “corkscrew”, a very challenging downhill portion. Everything about the course is top-notch. Everyone’s racecar prep will be the best so I am expecting the competition to be very close. The only negative to this race is the long travel time to get to California!

• What do you think your biggest challenge will be?

The biggest challenge for me will be getting up to speed on the racetrack, as I haven’t been there for a few years. Not damaging the car during the week will also be a challenge. This will allow us to focus on making the car and myself faster rather than spending time making repairs.

We wish Mr. Heinricy the best of luck next week in Monterey! Those who cannot make the trip west to the SCCA National Championship Runoffs this October can watch all of the action from wherever they may be on

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Do You Know Your Corvette Facts?

Check out some of these fun facts, and let us know how many of them you already knew. Maybe we will stump you, or maybe you are already a Corvette expert!

  • Corvette is the world’s longest-running, continuously produced passenger car. The longest-running vehicle of any type is the Chevrolet Suburban.
  • 1968 was the first year an AM/FM stereo radio was offered as an option.
  • Corvette made its debut as a concept vehicle at the General Motors Autorama in New York City on January 17, 1953. It was such a success that a limited run of 300 production Corvettes began on June 30 of that year.
  • Corvettes produced from September 1, 1979 to March 25, 1982 were required by law to have speedometers with an upper limit of only 85 MPH.
  • All 1953 models were Polo White with a red interior and they were priced at $3,498.

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  • In 2006, the third 1953 Corvette produced sold for a record $1.06 million at auction.
  • Crossed flag emblems returned to the nose and sides of the Corvette in 1979 after many years of being absent.
  • Corvette was exclusively available with an inline six-cylinder engine until 1955. That year, the optional V-8 engine was ordered by 90 percent of buyers. The six-cylinder was dropped in 1956. Corvette has been available exclusively with V-8 power since.
  • The 500,000th Corvette was built in 1977; the 1 millionth was built in 1992, and the 1.5 millionth Corvette rolled off the line in 2009.
  • The first 1981 Corvette was built in St. Louis, and the last 1981 Corvette was built in Bowling Green.
  • No 1983 Corvettes were sold to the public. The model year was skipped in
    preparation for the all-new 1984 Corvette, which launched the C4 generation.

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  • Forty-four Corvette prototypes were built as 1983 models. Only one remains, and it is on display at the National Corvette Museum, in Bowling Green, KY.

If you already knew all of the above facts, then we applaud you. If we had you stumped on a few, now you know a little more about the history of the Corvette. Are you looking more toward the future, then take a look at the new 2015 Corvette Z06.

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Auto News Reports On What Can Happen When GM And A Dealership Collaborate

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GM's Mark Reuss talks with AutoNews TV about lessons learned at Matick Chevrolet.

In this news report, Mark Reuss, GM's executive vice president of global product development, purchasing and supply chain, explains what can happen when the auto company and a dealership collaborate.

Click here to view the interview conducted by Tom Worobec.

Reuss specifically addressed how the team at George Matick Chevy in metro Detroit helped him deal with problems at GM and how to solve them.

Reuss and Alan Batey, executive vice president and president, North America, were on hand for the grand revealing of the renovated George Matick Chevrolet. Also attending to show their support of Matick's ambitious expansion plans were Brian Sweeney, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet, and Steve Hill, GM's vice president of U.S. sales and service.

Matick, one of the largest Corvette dealers in the Midwest, celebrated its $7-million renovation project with a VIP reception attended by the GM executives, community leaders, business partners, and friends Sept. 18 in the stunning new car showroom at the 13-acre dealership.

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Meet John Heinricy, AKA “Heinrocket”

johnWe’d like to introduce you to our partner, John Heinricy, better known as “Heinrocket!” Mr. Heinricy has had a long and distinguished career at General Motors, serving as Assistant Chief Engineer for the Corvette and as Director of the GM Performance Division. John retired from GM in October 2008 and is a noted racecar driver who was recently inducted into the Corvette Hall of Fame. John’s relationship with Matick began in 2012, and since then he has represented Matick at various events, including several races where he drove Corvettes and his Matick Chevrolet Sonic. We had a chance to talk with John and get to know a little more about him and his racing experiences.

1. How did you get into racing?

I have been interested in driving fast and at the limit since my early years on our family farm in South Dakota. Once I got to Chevrolet Engineering I pursued work in Vehicle Dynamics and High Performance vehicles. Through this path I was able to become friends with some pretty important names in Corvette racing like Dick Guldstrand and Tommy Morrison. Dick gave me sound advice on how to get started in racing and the need to prove myself from a driving standpoint. I quickly progressed in SCCA Club racing and Tommy Morrison gave me the opportunity to drive with his team of winning Corvettes starting in 1984. It helped immensely that we also had a very famous name in racing engineering, Paul Van Valkenburg working on Tommy’s team. Paul worked with Penske Racing and Mark Donahue in the ‘60s and ‘70s. It also helped that Dave McLellan, Chief Engineer for Corvette, who I worked for at the time was very supportive of my racing activities because he felt that it would help to develop the racing credentials of Corvette as well as be a catalyst for improving the performance of the vehicle.

2. How did you get the nickname, “Heinrocket?”

In 1989 I was racing with Mecum Racing in the IMSA Firehawk series in a Chevrolet Camaro and the SCCA Escort Series with Don Knowles as a co-driver. The Mecum team also had a second car that was driven by Leighton Reese and Mitch Wright (who is currently the General Manager of the new Motorsports track and facility at the National Corvette Museum). There were conflicts in both series and several times I needed to get into the Mecum car with little or no practice and was able to get up to speed very quickly. Leighton Reese is a very funny guy and he used the nickname Heinrocket to describe me and my driving performance in these circumstances. The name stuck and I have since registered it and use it as the name of my engineering and racing business, Heinrocket Inc. 

3. What was your first car?

I had a number of old junker-type cars in high school and college - about 10 of them that just got me through for transportation. The car that I consider my first real car was a 1970 SS396 Chevelle that I bought new from a dealer in Rapid City, South Dakota. I kept this car for several years after I started working for Chevrolet until I was assigned my first company car. I drag raced the Chevelle at a few local tracks.

4. What was your favorite race you’ve competed in?

In the early ‘90s I was racing Corvettes with Tommy Morrison in the World Challenge series. We were racing a Corvette ZR1 in the Mosport 24 hr. race. One of our main competitors was Bakerracing in another ZR1 Corvette. Don Knowles was driving the Bakerracing ZR1. It rained hard throughout the night and the Mosport track had no auxiliary lighting so the conditions were very poor with limited visibility and very little grip on the track. Don and I found ourselves racing against each other in a very close battle for 1st and 2nd places for about two hours in the middle of the night. The experience was very taxing but also very rewarding. 

5. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

As a child I was very interested in mechanical things, in particular those powered by internal combustion engines. On our farm we did almost all the maintenance and repair work on our farm machinery. I thought that I wanted to be a mechanic but my mother encouraged me to go to college and become an engineer, while assuring me that engineers work on cars!

6. What is the fastest speed you’ve ever reached?

I have driven over 200 mph a number of times, once in a Corvette on the autobahn in Germany and in a modified Corvette on test tracks. I think the fastest is about 220 mph in the Hennessey Venom GT Supercar.

7. How long have you partnered with Matick?

My relationship with Matick Chevrolet started in 2012 while discussing racing Corvettes at the Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle. Those discussions continued and my work on the Chevrolet Sonic racing parts package for Chevrolet Racing led me to racing the Sonic in 2014 with Matick Chevy sponsorship. It has been a very successful racing season with 6 wins, 1 second and 1 fifth place finish. I recently purchased a C7 Corvette from Matick and am looking forward to representing Matick in a number of different Corvette activities.

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8. Why do you like working with them?

I have had quite a few interactions with Matick personnel at all levels of the organization parts, service, sales and body shop, including maintaining the transportation needs of my family as well as my racing business. I have always looked forward to these interactions as highlights of my day because the service experience is second to none. The whole facility is a first class Chevrolet dealership that I am proud to be associated with.

9. How many Corvette models have you driven?

My career at GM, racing, and my relationship with Corvette owners worldwide has given me many opportunities to drive virtually every production model of Corvette in its history as well as many prototypes, race cars, and styling Corvettes like the Stingray.

10. Which would you say is your favorite and why?

It is always hard to pick a favorite, but I have come to the realization that it is always the “next” Corvette that is my favorite since each new one is always better than the last one because of improved technology.

11. What do you like best about driving a Corvette?

For me, driving a Corvette is always about the driving experience. The performance is exhilarating and the Corvette gives the driver this feeling of oneness with the machine that is hard to explain. The Corvette is also very easy to have as a daily driver because it is comfortable and roomy enough for travel. One of the best parts is that owning one makes you a part of a very large yet close community of Corvette owners who appreciate owning and driving the Corvette as much as I do.

12. Who are your nemeses out there and why?

I really don’t have what I would call a nemesis, but I guess that the main competitor in each race could be called a nemesis. But, it is only for the moment. Each year at the National Championships there are competitors who should have a good chance of winning, so for the moment, they are the nemeses.

13. Can you tell us about your crew?

My crew changes a lot depending on what team I am driving for, or if it is my own team. Most of the time I am driving for someone else and they provide a crew to maintain the racecar for the race weekend. For my own team with the Matick Chevy Sonic, the workload is fairly light and I am able to do most of the duties myself. For this year’s Championship races I will be driving in two classes and the other team I will drive for will also provide support for the Sonic.

14. What do you do for fun on the road traveling to races? Does your family go along?

My wife has attended most of my races until the last several years because now grandkids are taking up a lot of her time. In the past, though, we often tried to take in the local sites as much as possible, but the responsibilities at the racetrack are pretty encompassing so staying focused on the racing is usually the rule of the day! For me racing is the fun!

15. What equipment have you had worked on at the Matick body shop?

Recently I raced the Matick Chevy Sonic in the Pirelli World Challenge race at the Mid Ohio racetrack in Lexington, Ohio. During the race I had contact with competitors that required body and paint repair. The Matick body shop did a great job of getting the Sonic back into shape for me so that I can focus on preparing the Sonic for the next races.

16. What are some of your best racing memories and worst experiences?

The best memories are usually the wins! But there are specific experiences that are also very memorable. For instance, the opportunity to drive the Callaway GT3 Corvette racecar competitively in Germany and Belgium at some of the most famous tracks in the world. Also, driving the factory C5R Corvette prepared and raced by Pratt and Miller at the Daytona 24 and Sebring 12 hr. races were definitely high points for me. Setting World Speed records in the Corvette ZR1 was also very memorable.
The worst memories were crashes. I’ve raced several hundred races so crashes are inevitable. The saying is that there are only two kinds of drivers, those who have crashed and those who are going to crash. Twice the crash has resulted in trips to the hospital in an ambulance, once in Sonoma, California and the other in Miami, Florida. Fortunately, neither one resulted in serious injuries.

17. Why drive a Sonic vs. some other car/model?

Racing sanctioning organizations like SCCA and Grand Am started classes for the Sonic class of cars due to requests from various manufacturers. I was contracted by Chevrolet Performance to develop a racing package for the Chevrolet Sonic that Chevrolet could sell to Sonic owners who wanted to race the car. While developing the racing parts, took a liking to the class of racing and decided to give it a try. It has been very rewarding in that there’s quite a big difference in driving style compared to high horsepower cars like the Corvette that I am used to. So it has required learning new skills.

18. What do you think about while driving?

Most of the time I am analyzing the performance of the racecar and am trying to adjust my driving to get the most out of the car. This could be for handling/cornering, braking or acceleration. I would be adjusting the location of the apex of the corner or when and how hard I may be able to start accelerating depending on how the race car is performing or when and how hard I might be able to brake. The grip of the tires change a lot during the race so I continually need to adjust my driving to the changing conditions. If I am attempting to pass someone, then I am analyzing the competitor’s actions and am strategizing on when and how I am going to attempt the pass. I may be attempting to keep from getting passed also. Suffice it to say that there is never a dull moment.

John’s racing activities this year have qualified him to enter the SCCA National Runoffs in Monterey, California October 6th through the 12th. He will be competing for the National Championship in his Matick Chevy Sonic and also in a 2002 Pontiac Firebird. John currently holds 12 National Championships in Corvette, Camaros, Firebirds and the Chevrolet Cobalt. And we would love to see him add the Matick Chevy Sonic to the list. John is also planning on participating in the High Performance Driving Experience events at the National Corvette Museum September 26, 27, 28, and 29 with the C7 Corvette.

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Auto News: GM issues 2 recalls, stop-sale orders for 2015 Corvettes

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About 2,800 cars being held back for airbag, brake cable problems.

From Automotive News, Sept. 11, 2014.

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By Nick Bunkley

DETROIT -- General Motors is issuing two more recalls, both on the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette, according to stop-delivery orders sent to dealers today (9-11-14).

The recalls, GM’s first in more than a month, bring its total number for the year to 67. They cover problems with airbags and parking brake cables on a total of nearly 2,800 cars, though very few have been sold to customers, a GM spokesman said.

Neither recall has been announced publicly yet, and parts are not available for the airbag repair. They come amid strong sales of the redesigned Corvette Stingray, forcing dealers to turn down potential buyers until the problems are resolved. GM sold 2,679 Corvettes in August vs. 655 during the same month last year.

The airbag recall covers about 2,000 Corvettes, many of which are still at the plant in Bowling Green, Ky. According to the stop-delivery order, the driver’s side airbag in those cars could separate from the steering wheel in a crash, increasing the potential for injuries. Dealers will be instructed to replace the airbag module with a revised version.

The second recall covers about 800 Corvettes, 700 of which are on dealer lots. GM said the cars were “built without one of the rear parking brake cables fully seated and engaged.

That means the parking brake will only operate on one of the rear brake drums, reducing its operational capability and potentially allowing the car to roll away if parked on a steep hill. The defect means the cars would violate federal rollaway-vehicle standards.

Both problems were discovered in recent weeks, the GM spokesman said. They are the first recalls affecting the 2015 Corvette, though four others cover earlier model years of the car.

They come after GM CEO Mary Barra said during a visit to India that the automaker is substantially done issuing recalls on older vehicles as a result of a months-long comprehensive safety review.

GM has recalled more than 29 million vehicles this year, almost single-handedly setting a new one-year record for the auto industry.

The safety review began after GM recalled 2.6 million Chevrolet Cobalts, Saturn Ions and other small cars for faulty ignition switches, a problem tied to at least 13 deaths and 54 crashes.

GM dealers have replaced more than 1 million of the ignition switches as of Sept. 4, according to a GM website with information about the recalls.

Mike Colias contributed to this report.
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Driver Kellermeyer Competes In Fierce Battles For Two Racing Titles

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Danny Kellermeyer maintains the lead heading into the turn. 

Our "Danny Boy" of DJ Racing Enterprise in Ortonville, MI, has been zippin' busy these past few weeks.

Buzzing from event to event in his Matick Chevy- and Corvette Central-sponsored racecar 'Vette, driver Danny Kellermeyer has been busy as a bee (and looks like one, too, in his honey-bee yellow shirt and car and always-black pants).

First off:

The C6 Corvette and its driver, Danny, are on target for not only one, but also possibly two championship honors for the 2014-racing season.

With two more Sports Car Club of American (SCCA) races to run, Danny is leading the Touring 1 (T1) SCCA Great Lakes Divisional Championship.

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Car handling and driver skills are what keep Danny Kellermeyer in the running for two T1 titles.

He is also leading the T1 Waterford Hills Road Racing (WHRRI) Championship in Clarkston, MI, which has three races yet to go.

T1 is the ultimate class for production-style cars. These cars do not resemble cars that come off the showroom floor. T1 is the stomping grounds for not only Corvettes, but also Porsches, BMWs, Vipers and other high-horsepower production cars.

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Danny Kellermeyer's #37 Corvette.

Incidentally, this year, Danny’s Corvette was somewhat handicapped with the addition of more weight and an intake restrictor plate in an effort to equalize the class.

“It's a tougher class this year," Danny tells us. “We had a little more power last year that we could rely on, but this year we are equal with the other cars. It has produced tighter and closer racing.


At any race, you will see leaders change positions and lots of door-to-door racing. We have been running strong, taking the SCCA championship lead after Mid Ohio and taking the WHRRI points lead."

What's Next?

Danny and his cars will next be on display at the grand reveal of the completely renovated Matick Chevrolet in Redford Township, MI.

There’s an evening VIP event planned for Thursday, Sept. 18, and an open house for everyone from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20. Danny will attend both events and will be on hand all day Saturday to talk about racing and his Corvettes.

“Back To The Bricks” 
The Matick Chevy-Corvette Central-sponsored DJ Racing Enterprise Corvettes do more than race.

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Driver Danny and his little yellow racers also show up at various auto events.  Recently, the DJ Racing team displayed its racecars at “Back To The Bricks” car show in Flint, MI.

Danny reports that event organizers were happy with their turnout of the thousands of cars on display and an estimated 450,000 spectators.

An event highlight was a "Corvette Reunion," which drew some 800 Corvette lovers and their Corvettes during the same day as the Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit.

Danny and his crew enjoyed a prime spot, displaying three of their racing Corvettes along with teammate Tom Janos’s C6 racecar.

A highlight of the display area was the beautiful 1954 black Corvette, owned by General Motors Executive V.P. Mark Reuss.

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Mark Reuss and Danny Kellermeyer talk about Reuss' '54 Corvette.

 “I signed our posters 'til my hand hurt,” shares Danny. “The day started with a 3 a.m. set-up, and we were busy 'til tear-down in the afternoon. These display-and-show days give us the opportunity to talk to a lot of our fans and let them see the Matick Chevy–DJ Racing Corvettes up close."

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Back To The Bricks filled downtown Flint with thousands  of cars and fans.

Have you seen Danny in action? Tell us about your experience with Danny and his little yellow wonder!

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