Aristeo Construction C5 Corvettes Run World Challenge GT at Charlotte By Douglas K. Johnson CONCORD, NC. -- DJ Race Enterprise's No.37 and No.39 C5 Corvettes, sponsored by Aristeo Construction, entered the World Challenge GT race held here on ...
Aristeo Construction C5 Corvettes Run World Challenge GT at Charlotte
By Douglas K. Johnson
CONCORD, NC. -- DJ Race Enterprise's No.37 and No.39 C5 Corvettes, sponsored by Aristeo Construction, entered the World Challenge GT race held here on March 31 with the hopes of starting off strong in driver Danny Kellermeyer's rookie-of-the-year effort, and driver John Heinricy's quest for the season championship. Unfortunately, they had to deal with a bit of 'racer's luck' on the way to these goals.
Kellermeyer's No. 37 suffered problems with his LS1 engine during qualifying on Friday morning requiring the team to remove the old engine and install their spare prior to the 4:30pm race. When this was accomplished Kellermeyer had to start at the back of the pack in 39th position. Still, Kellermeyer was able to make a very respectable 13th place finish in the World Challenge GT race.
Kellermeyer began driving in 1989, winning six Waterford Hills Road Racing titles from 1989 through 1995, and was named "Driver of the Year" in 1990. He contested the 1993 Rolex 24 with Morrison Racing, and he won the 1995 and 1996 SCCA Club Racing Central Division Regional Championships in ITE. He added a seventh WHRRI title in 1998 (ITE). Danny was TCC "Touring Challenge for Corvettes" champion in '96, '97 and '98 and plans to run a full rookie Speedvision GT season with the No. 37 DJ Race Enterprises/Aristeo Construction Corvette.
Kellermeyer's teammate and veteran 52-year-old driver John Heinricy, Holly, MI., is projected to be a frontrunner for the 2000 Speedvision World GT Championship driving the DJ Race Enterprises/Aristeo Construction No.39 C5 Corvette. In the three World Challenge races he entered in the '99 season with DJ Race Enterprise, he finished 3rd at Grand Rapids, 2nd at Pikes Peak and 1st at Leguna Seca.
John also had to deal with bad luck in this race after his LS1 also expired. Qualifying in the 5th starting position, Heinricy had a strong start in the race. Since it happened during the race, the crew did not have the opportunity to make any repairs, so they had to settle for a disappointing 34th place finish.
Heinricy, a General Motors Chief Engineer, has won four professional endurance racing championships and one National SCCA title. He has 39 wins in 200 starts in his professional career including 11 wins in Corvettes and holds three world speed records in a Corvette ZR-1. He also is part of the team of drivers that drove the factory C5R, GT2 Corvettes at Daytona and Sebring in 1999.