Darlington - Mike Castellana Story

Castellana Debuts New 1957 Chevy, Makes Impressive Laps In 1963 Corvette DARLINGTON, SC-- Debuting a new car is always a tricky venture, but Mike Castellana showed that he has skills during the Majesty Homes Groundhog Warm-up. The veteran Pro ...

Castellana Debuts New 1957 Chevy, Makes Impressive Laps In 1963 Corvette

DARLINGTON, SC-- Debuting a new car is always a tricky venture, but Mike Castellana showed that he has skills during the Majesty Homes Groundhog Warm-up. The veteran Pro Modified racer from Westbury, NY., scored big on the maiden voyages in his new Tim McAmis-built Pro Modified 1957 Chevy. He also proved that he still retained a lot of the consistency and power that he possessed during the 1998 season.

"We learned a lot from this testing session," explained Castellana. "I was very much pleased with the performance of the new car. I believe that we will have it good and ready to lay down some big numbers for the Winter Nationals in a couple of weeks."

Castellana's first full pass on the black and silver shoebox was nothing less than stunning. The Western Beef sponsored entry scored a 6.53 at 208 mph despite driving through the clutch for the full quarter-mile. It wasn't far off of his trusty 1963 Corvette's best mark, which was a 6.528 at 212.11 mph and served as the fourth quickest lap of the Groundhog Warm-up testing portion. This provides heaping amounts of motivation for the national event season opener.

The next event for the Castellana team will be the IHRA Prolong Winter Nationals, March 12-14. Castellana, along with the rest of the Pro Modified contingent, will take assault on the Darlington International Dragway racing surface for the start of the 1999 season. Qualifying will begin with two sessions on Friday, followed by another two on Saturday. Final eliminations are slated to begin at Noon on Sunday.

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Drivers Tim McAmis