Cool from California
Within drag racing's fringe area class—Outlaw 10.5 racing—Camaro racer participation is common. A perfect example of this is the impressive race team owned by Enrique Soto from Lennox, California. After originally acquiring this '92 Camaro back in 2007, Enrique and his team have steadily refined their project, and the end result is a very fast race car. After campaigning the car first with a 598ci big-block on nitrous, Soto recently upgraded his engine program to a 532ci turbocharged mill with help from LP Racing. After the engine change the car's performance improved significantly, going from 7.30s to 6.50s. Enrique's racing group includes very valued support of crew members Alex Soto, Casey Merrell, Lang Paciulli, Eric Carrasco, James Saldana, and Miguel Villegas.
Hanson Family Fun-ster
The close-knit Hanson family (Clif and Brenda, along with son Jim) campaign one of the West Coast's truly classic Stock Eliminator Camaros. Their '69 A/SA, which is a fan favorite because of its consistent wheels-up launches, has a rather storied history. Clif reports that he is the second owner of the car that has racing roots going as far back as the Irwindale and Orange County International Raceway racing days. In 2004, after being stored for quite some time, the Camaro underwent a complete (frame-off) restoration to prepare it for NHRA Stock Eliminator. The project was finished in time to compete in the 2007 season. Based out of the Huntington Beach, California, area, the car—a frequent NHRA Division 7 Lucas Oil drag racing series runner—has gone as quick as 10.15 at just shy of 130 mph.
California's Dave Bridgewater likes his Camaros. The highly successful businessman (CEO of Bridgewater Equipment) who has a history of racing three different '69 model cars within NHRA Stock and Super Stock has added to that collection big-time with the recent acquisitions of both '12 and '13 model COPO cars. Following some rather unique negotiations directly with GM, both of Dave's cars feature the same production number: 67. Dave is the driver of both cars, running the 427ci, 425hp '12 model (white COPO) in Super Stock as a SS/DA, and racing the 396ci, 375hp '13 (black COPO) model in Stock as a B/SA. Both cars feature pretty much “out of the box” factory setups available from GM and acquired in conjunction with his primary sponsor: Rotolo Chevrolet (Fontana, California). That package includes a Holley induction system, ATI transmission, and Strange Engineering driveline components. Bridgewater's right-hand man, his crew chief and engine builder Paul Cannan, has helped to already choreograph some impressive performances and finishes from both cars. That includes runs in the 9.40 zone for the Super Stocker and 10.10s for the Stocker. And, oh yeah, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention that: a) Paul Cannan won the 2014 season opening Winternationals at Pomona driving Dave's '69 Camaro in Stock and b) Bridgewater himself just missed scoring the first ever win for a COPO in NHRA national event competition with a runner-up in Super Stock at the same event.