“I feel good and I’m ready to go,” said racecar driver Danny Kellermeyer following his first race of the day this past Saturday (May 4) at Waterford Hills Road Racing (WHRRI) in Clarkston, MI.
“I qualified on the pole today, and had a good run,” he added, minutes before the next race. “My car is in top shape with a new engine. We finished the pretesting a couple weeks ago out here and we’re ready.”
That first pretest day, squeezed in between snow and rain just a couple weeks ago, did have its challenges, but Danny doesn’t it let it get to him. “We lost our exhaust system on that first test day,” he said with a grin. But it’s onward and upward for the man in yellow as he was preparing for Media Day at the Michigan International Speedway (MIS) this past Monday to showcase what’s to come May 25-26 when he competes in the SCCA Majors National Double.
The two-mile infield MIS track has been resurfaced and the grounds are ready for action. The Matick Chevrolet-sponsored flag-wrapped Corvette, owned by the 2014 Corvette Caravan Michigan Captain Larry Courtney, will serve as the pace car for this first-time Memorial Day weekend event.
Our metro Detroit dealership and Danny Kellermeyer of D.J. Racing Enterprise of Ortonville, MI, are excited about another year-long racing partnership that features Danny racing in his Corvettes at various tracks around the Midwest.
Race and Corvette enthusiasts can see Corvette racing at its best, with Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Majors competitions being a big highlight of Danny's schedule.
The partnership is part of our Matick Chevrolet's Corvette motorsports mission. Last summer, we also sponsored racecar driver Jeff Nowicki of Birmingham, MI, and the Michael Baughman Racing (Team MBR) to run their Corvette in Chevrolet’s GRAND AM Rolex Series' 200 during the 2012 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.
As the Corvette has just turned 60 and as we celebrate the all-new C7 2014 Corvette Stingray, this is a most exciting year for the car and for racing. The Corvette is legendary.
A bit about racecar driver Danny Kellermeyer: He has enjoyed a nice past few years on the road racing circuit – all in his Corvettes. He captured the 2010 and 2011 Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Great Lakes STO National Championship as well as the Waterford Hills Road Racing 2010, 2011 and 2012 STO championships. He has some 16 sponsors, including several Corvette-related ones (Sawyer, MI-based Corvette Central, Ohio-based ACI — American Custom Industries, to name a few).
Danny’s 2012 season of 22 races resulted in 91 percent podium finishes. The podiums totaled 17 first-place victories and three second-place finishes.
D.J. Racing Enterprise competes at SCCA national and regional events. Their cars also are displayed at a variety of show events during the year, including the Corvettes America annual show, which will be Aug. 10 at Alpine Valley in White Lake, MI.
Bottom line: Matick Chevy knows Corvettes. Stop in to see more than 25 Corvette on display indoors (we deliver nationwide), or look for us at the race track this year.