Chevrolet Performance, which signed on in 2013 as the new primary presenting sponsor for the world's biggest drag race – the NHRA U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis – had to be thrilled with that event's Pro Modified championship final last September. That marquee clash featured two rampaging 2013 Chevy Camaros with Mike Janis' supercharged model paired off against Rickie Smith's nitrous injected version. Just a scant sub-6 seconds later it was Western New York's Mike Janis taking the biggest win of his career by a razor-thin margin: 5.952 e.t at 241.41 mph to 5.955 e.t. at 241.37 mph. With that finish, both Janis and Smith remained in serious points contention for NHRA's coveted 2013 Pro Mod Drag Racing world championship.
The Lady is a Champ
Florida's Brenda Grubbs has enjoyed some huge success racing a Camaro since first coming on the Stock Eliminator scene in 1999. Driving a 396ci C/SA 1969 model, Brenda has an IHRA World Championship (2002), an NHRA Jegs All-Stars event win (2008), and an NHRA Lucas Oil Divisional points championship (2008) to her credit. Brenda's terrific success is also a tribute to her husband and crew chief Bill Grubbs, a retired USAF pilot who now flies for Delta Airlines. Brenda and Bill focus their drag racing efforts primarily at select NHRA Lucas Oil Divisional and national events in the east and southeast. During 2012 they added a second Camaro to their team effort – a 427ci-powered 1969 model aimed at the Super Stock class.
Black & White Tradition
Now-retired LAPD Detective Tony Foti (Paso Robles, California) is carrying the torch forward for an important community message that first started back in 1985. Foti, along with his wife, Bernadette, and son Ryan hit the trail in 2013 with an ultra cool 1968 Camaro SS, which is fully decked out in LAPD police colors and races in the B/Gas class within NHRA's highly popular Hot Rod Heritage Series. The "First-gen Cop Car" was built at Outlaw Garage (Santa Clarita, California) and features an alcohol-burning 547ci engine program by Jim Shewbert Industries. Foti's best run in the black-and-white 1968 is an 8.53 at 160 mph. Using the car, Tony is helping to move forward an important tradition of education to help address drug abuse and school delinquency problems in and around California. Throughout his career Tony has been involved with a series of cars within that respected program, which ranged from Super Gas to Pro Modified classes.
High Altitude Family Affair
Denver, Colorado, is home base to an impressive 1994 Camaro Z28 family-run racing effort. Ted Romero, a supervisor with the Denver Juvenile Probation department, has with his father, Bernie; wife, Rene; and son Jeremy been campaigning the car for five seasons. Ted reports that his Camaro was in fact first a Super Stocker, which he bought in the Houston area before taking it home and converting it to Stock Eliminator. The very clean car, which runs 10.60 e.t.s in C/SA trim features a 350ci LT1 motor with Voges cylinder heads. Ted also admits that his son Jeremy (who currently races a Junior Dragster) will most likely be groomed as the Camaro's future driver.