GM Racing Makes Noise In Sport Compact Drag Racing Debut Palmdale, Calif., February 24, 2002 - Under sunny California skies, GM racing debuted it's Ecotec powered Chevy Cavalier and Pontiac Sunfire at the IDRC Advanced Clutch Technology West...
GM Racing Makes Noise In Sport Compact Drag Racing Debut
Palmdale, Calif., February 24, 2002 - Under sunny California skies, GM racing debuted it's Ecotec powered Chevy Cavalier and Pontiac Sunfire at the IDRC Advanced Clutch Technology West Coast Nationals at the Los Angeles County Raceway. It was a first-rate performance by both teams who saw enormous success on the track.
Stephanie Reaves qualified the Chevy Cavalier second in the Pro Outlaw class with an elapsed time of 9.452 seconds at 160.70 mph. In elimination action Reaves advanced to the semifinals and became the fastest woman in sport compact drag racing running an elapsed time of 8.895 seconds at 167.40 mph in the first round of today's eliminations.
"What a day," exclaimed Reaves. "This Chevy Cavalier ran great. The team worked so hard to make this happen. I give all the credit to them. I had a lot of fun racing today. I feel very comfortable inside the car and enjoy driving it. I knew we could run in the 8-second range - it was just a matter of time. To be the fastest woman in this series is an honor and I hope to go even faster very soon. We're very happy with the weekend and look forward to getting back on the track at the next event."
Pontiac Sunfire driver Marty Ladwig, competed in the supercomp class of the bracket racing category where there were 98 competitors. Ladwig drove in seven rounds of eliminations to take his first victory in sport compact drag racing. In the final round Ladwig faced Phil Cameron in a dragster and crossed the stripe at an elapsed time of 13.08 seconds at 93.37 mph to Cameron's elapsed time of 13.39 seconds at 103.79 mph.
"I can't explain the satisfaction that I feel right now," explained Ladwig. "It was so much fun out there today. The Pontiac Sunfire ran very well and we won! It was a little overwhelming to know that there were 98 other competitors but we were the best today and that was pretty cool. What a way to start off this program. Our first race, our first win - doesn't get much better then that. I am very happy for GM and my team. Everyone has worked so hard and this win is for everyone. I am so proud to be apart of this program."
Next up for the GM racing team will be the IDRC BF Goodwrench Nationals at Firebird International Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona on March 16 and 17th.