Chevy Cobalts Race To Winner's Circle At Virginia Motorsports Park Gardella Scores In Pro 4 Cylinder, Kindle Captures First NOPI Victory For Cobalt Phase5 DINWIDDIE, Va., April 24, 2005 - Chevy Cobalts were winners in two categories and...
Chevy Cobalts Race To Winner's Circle At Virginia Motorsports Park Gardella Scores In Pro 4 Cylinder, Kindle Captures First NOPI Victory For Cobalt Phase5
DINWIDDIE, Va., April 24, 2005 - Chevy Cobalts were winners in two categories and runner-up in a third class this weekend at the NOPI Virginia Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park. Gary Gardella captured his second-straight Pro 4 Cylinder victory while Brittany Kindle became the first winner in a Chevy Cobalt Phase5 in NOPI Chic. An all-Ecotec final round in Pro Outlaw FWD between the Saturn Ion of Jason Hunt and the Chevy Cobalt of Marty Ladwig rounded off another outstanding outing for GM-branded cars on the quarter-mile strip.
For the second consecutive event, Gary Gardella's Ecotec-powered Chevy Cobalt was unstoppable in the Pro 4 Cylinder category as he charged from the No. 1 qualifying spot to the winner's circle well beyond the reach of his closest competitors. Gardella took lead qualifying honors on Saturday when the Ecotec-powered Ecko/DuPont/Hot Hues Chevy Cobalt posted the low e.t. of the meet with a run of 7.969 seconds at 171.47 mph. During Sunday eliminations Gardella's Chevrolet defeated Darryl Hudson in round one with an 8.073 e.t. at 171.03 mph, Mike Crawford in the second session with a 7.972 e.t. at 172.41 mph, and Chuck Seitzinger in the finals with a 7.994 second run with a top speed of the meet at 172.67 mph.
"Another awesome job by this race team and another great performance by this Chevy Cobalt," said Gardella. "Ecotec, Hydra-Matic, GM Racing, thanks again for the finest, most reliable racing components in the sport. To win, you have to be there at the finish line and once again, this Chevrolet was outstanding."
It was Gardella's second win of the year in NOPI Pro 4 Cylinder and comes just two weeks after a similar, dominating performance at Maryland International Raceway. It was also the third time this season that the Chevy Cobalt driver has advanced to the finals and with three races completed, he solidifies his spot at the front of the Pro 4 Cylinder points standings.
"This Chevy Cobalt continues to keep going rounds and posting the numbers it takes to win in this class," said Gardella. "We're still working toward getting every ounce of performance out of this car, and we're confident there's still quite a bit left."
Brittany Kindle gave the Chevy Cobalt Phase5 its first win in NOPI drag racing competition with three solid laps on raceday that were separated by just .082 of a second. The 22-year-old Kindle qualified her Cobalt Phase5 in the No. 2 position with an elapsed time of 12.715 seconds at 102.66 mph. On Sunday, she defeated Anna Comingore in round one posting a 12.636 second run at 105.37 mph, Katherine Gelesko in round two with a 12.728 e.t. at 104.68 mph and pole sitter Loan Nguyen in the finals with a 12.664 e.t. at 104.62 mph.
In addition to the consistency of Kindle's Chevrolet, the Cobalt Phase5 demonstrated an amazing degree of reliability and was the only car that solidly held together throughout the entire event, a primary factor in the New York City resident's first victory of the season.
"We're just so proud to be a part of the Chevrolet team and to get the win for the Cobalt Phase5," said Kindle. "This car has been so much fun to drive all weekend and this win certainly will have everyone taking notice of what a great car the Chevy Cobalt Phase5 truly is."
In Pro Outlaw FWD, Saturn Ion driver Jason Hunt drove to his third NOPI victory of the season in an all-Ecotec/GM final round over Chevy Cobalt competitor Marty Ladwig. Hunt captured No. 1 qualifying honors for the second time this season in a NOPI eliminator, and then went on to defeat Ladwig in the finals. During qualifying, Ladwig's Chevrolet posted the best top speed of the weekend at 196.27 mph.
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