Danny Kellermeyer's C7 Corvette shines during the 66th annual AutoRama show at Cobo Center in Detroit.
Racecar driver Danny Kellermeyer expects another impressive racing season that hopefully will mirror his title-winning ways of previous years.
Last year, he repeated as SCCA Great Lakes Division T1 champion and Waterford Hills Road Racing T1 champion in his classic #37 Matick Chevrolet-sponsored yellow Corvette.
“I had 24 races and won 17 of them,” says Kellermeyer. The Ortonville, Mich. resident drives Corvettes he builds himself. “This gives us a total of 39 championships since 1989.”
He nabbed three second-place and three third-place finishes. Equipment problems forced him out of one race.
“Fans saw three generations – C5, C6 and C7 – run last year from my DJ Racing stable. And all of them managing to capture a first-place victory,” Kellermeyer says.
Although it’s still early in the 2018 racing season, Kellermeyer can already share a stomach-churning moment on the track this May.
“At GingerMan Raceway in west Michigan, I caught a water puddle and spun 360 degrees three times,” he says.
Kellermeyer held on tight and managed to keep his C6 on the track.
“We survived and finished second,” he says.
Massive rainfall made driving slick at the track. “When we left May 21, the paddock was a full lake, just standing water,” he says.
So far during the 2018 season, Kellermeyer has taken part in three races at Waterford Hills and won all three.
He drove three races at GingerMan in South Haven, where he won one and finished second in two. He plans to drive in 26 events this season. We asked him a few questions about what race fans can expect when he's on and off the track.
You have several vehicles in the stable. What are you driving?
"I’ve been racing the C6. I’m still sorting out the C7. I’m having some parts made for it."
In what other non-racing events are you planning to participate?
"I participated in the annual Matick Chevy Detroit Grand Prix Corvette Caravan Experience breakfast on June 2. On June 24, I’ll be at the Auto City Speedway in Clio to support the Flint Corvette Club during an autocross event. We’ll weigh cars and Matick Chevy will provide free corner weights. I’ll be at Back to the Bricks in Flint on Aug. 18 to display all three of my Corvettes.
Tell us about how you took some Alpha Stamping employees under your wing at Gingerman May 21.
"We rented the track and played. It was raining, but we made applesauce out of rotten apples. We had a complete track day and we showed them how to drive Corvettes and how to handle them in the rain." title="Danny Kellermeyer Matick Chevy at Livonia Middle School" rel="lightbox353901"
Talk about your new team member, Colin Chappell.
"I’m mentoring him in the world of racing. I went to school with his dad. Colin’s 25 and this is the first year he has driven in races. He’s going to travel with us."
Are there races you’re looking forward to?
"Mid-Ohio on Oct. 13-14. I was there last year and had a rear axle problem. I want to redeem myself."
"And I’m going to be at Indianapolis Speedway June 15-17 driving in the Brickyard Vintage Invitationals with Robert Pfeffer and his son, Jonathan. They have 1994 Corvettes, and I’ll drive my 1990 C4. It’s a big race with 700 entries. This is my first time at Indy. It’s been on my bucket list so I’m glad I have the opportunity to do it. I’m going to be in awe."
Kellermeyer kept busy last winter and early spring. On Dec. 17, his DJ Racing team displayed its new Matick Chevy C7 at the world’s largest racing trade show, Performance Racing Industries at Indianapolis. The show attracts 48,000 from the racing industry.
“Our display was extremely busy,” he says. “We received a lot of favorable comments on the build and answered questions on products we use.”
Michigan middle school students enjoyed viewing Danny Kellermeyer's C7 during their Youth Inventors program.
On Jan. 26, Kellermeyer was guest speaker for the Youth Inventors program established for more than 600 middle schoolers from Livonia, Redford and Westland.
The C7 racecar was displayed in all six of the kick-off school programs. The students’ projects were completed and judged — with a banquet and awards held at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Mich.
“It was great to meet all these young students and their parents, and say a few words and congratulate them on their accomplishments,” says the veteran racecar driver.
The DJ Racing team kicked off the 2018 season with a bang at the 66th annual Detroit AutoRama last March where the Matick Chevy, Corvette Central C7 was displayed in the Waterford Hills Road Racing display at Cobo Center in Detroit.
The C7 race car took centerstage in the Alpha Stamping display at the 2018 Livonia Business Expo in May at the Laurel Park Mall. The expo, one of Livonia’s signature annual events, was the “perfect setting for displaying the DJ Racing/Alpha Stamping race teams’ efforts,” he says.
See Kellermeyer's 2018 schedule here.