Super Gas Corvettes - Super Gas Class Is A Gas, Gas, Gas

Part 1: A History Of The NHRA S/G Class And A Look At Eight Of The Most Talented Drivers In The Sport Today

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Dave Connolly
Age: 27
Corvette: '63 roadster
Sponsor(s): Ron Erks (owner), American Racecars, Dart, Hoosier, VP Fuels, Jegs, Moser, Sparco, Moroso, and Abruzzi Transmissions
Years racing your Corvette: One (Connolly previously raced another '63 Vette in 2002 to win the NHRA Division 3 Championship)
Body/chassis: Suncoast/Undercover Chassis
Engine brand: Dart BBC
Displacement: 598ci
Horsepower: 1,000
Best mph in S/G 9.90 index: 170-plus
Best e.t./mph (no throttle stops): 7.70/175-plus
Biggest win(s) in your S/G Corvette: NHRA Division 2 race, Gainesville Raceway, 2010 (This Corvette won the 2003 NHRA World Championship in S/G class with Bryan Robinson driving)
Why did you choose Corvette over other bodies? The '63 Vette makes one of the nicest roadsters out there. It is a beautiful body style
Other Corvettes currently owned: None

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Jay Costales
Age: 35
Corvette: '67 coupe
Sponsor(s): Houston Engine and Balancing Service
Years racing your Corvette: Seven (Costales' father, Tommy, previously drove the Vette to the 1984 NHRA World Championship in the S/G class and was Runner-Up at the NHRA U.S. Nationals that same year)
Body/chassis: Factory/Factory
Engine brand: Dart BBC
Displacement: 540ci
Horsepower: 920
Best mph in S/G 9.90 index: 146
Best e.t./mph (no throttle stops): 8.80/156
Biggest win(s) in your S/G Corvette: NHRA Houston Raceway Park "King of the Track (2008)
Why did you choose Corvette over other bodies? I love the nostalgic value of racing my dad's World Championship factory-bodied Corvette
Other Corvettes currently owned: None

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Ray Connolly
Age: 47
Corvette: '63 roadster
Sponsor(s): American Racecars, Dart, Hoosier, VP Fuels, Jegs, Moser, Sparco, Moroso, K&N, Auto Meter, and Hughes Performance
Years racing your Corvette: Seven
Body/chassis: Worthy/Worthy
Engine brand: Dart BBC
Displacement: 582ci
Horsepower: 1,050
Best mph in S/G 9.90 index: 170-plus
Best e.t./mph (no throttle stops): 7.90/170-plus
Biggest win(s) in your S/G Corvette: 2004 NHRA Chicago Nationals, 2007 NHRA St. Louis Nationals, 2008 NHRA Bristol Nationals (Ray's son, Dave, won Pro-Stock at all three of these events, too), 2009 NHRA World Championship, 2009 NHRA Division 3 Championship
Why did you choose Corvette over other bodies? The '63 Vette is a phenomenal car, both in appearance and recognition
Other Corvettes currently owned: None

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Tommy Costales
Age: 58
Corvette: '66 coupe
Sponsor(s): Houston Engine and Balancing
Years racing your Corvette: 24 (Costales won the 1984 NHRA World Championship in the S/G class and was Runner-Up at the '84 U.S. Nationals driving a '67 coupe, which is now raced in S/G by his son, Jay)
Body/chassis: Factory body, except aftermarket fiberglass front end and hood/Joe Smith Racecraft
Engine brand: Dart BBC
Displacement: 565ci
Horsepower: 1,000
Best mph in S/G 9.90 index: 168
Best e.t./mph (no throttle stops): 7.84/178
Biggest win(s) in your S/G Corvette: Five NHRA national events and two IHRA national events
Why did you choose Corvette over other bodies? I raced a '67 coupe in high school in C/SP class
Other Corvettes currently owned: None vette

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