"With PDX and CTT in somewhat of a rebuilding year, due to so many of our drivers graduating into road racing recently, the CTT chiefs were pleasantly surprised to see entries for PDX and CTT in double digits both days of Mother's Day weekend," said Barclay. By the time you read this, the July Double CTT and PDX event will have been completed at Pueblo Motorsports Park, and the August swing will return to HPR on Aug. 21-22, featuring the CTT Championship event.
subscribed to the National Corvette Museum magazine, deal with the local Chevy dealership in Plains Raceway (HPR) on May 8-9. which includes information on the monthly car rafﬂes. Bowling Green and traded the ZR1 for Competitors were some of the ﬁrst to try “The tickets range in price from $10 to $500,” Koller a convertible Grand Sport and the new HPR race fuel pumps, which said, “The cost depends on how many tickets they are some cash. were just installed and operational selling for each rafﬂe.” “I technically didn’t win that car,” before the weekend. The pumps offer Koller began to purchase tickets every now and again, he said with a laugh. “My wife has three different Sunoco race fuels (two when the odds were right. Then one day in June 2008, he conﬁscated the car, and I can’t seem unleaded and one leaded) with a credit got some exciting news, he had won a 2009 Corvette, the to get it back from her.” card reader for payment. Indy 500 Pace Car edition. But it’s all good. Koller has no plans The May Daze event utilized the He was invited up to the Corvette factory in Bowling of stopping just yet. 2.0-mile west circuit on Saturday due Green, Ky., to tour the facility and the museum and pick up “There’s another rafﬂe on June 3,” to a lack of corner workers, but thanks his new Corvette. he said. “I’ve bought two tickets, so to additional volunteers (including “My wife Diane and I ﬂew up there, rented a car and we’ll see what happens.” Stephanie Vocke, Kyle Babion, Shaun drove to the factory,” he said. “After the tours, they handed By the time this goes to print, who Hunter and Keagan Norman) the full me the keys, and we drove back home. It was pretty cool.” knows, he may have won his fourth. I’ve 2.55-mile circuit was used on Sunday. Koller kept his pace car until December 2009, when he already asked to go halfsies with him on Reports were that everybody – decided to trade it in for a 2010 Corvette Grand Sport. the next rafﬂe. I’m just not sure I could entrants and ofﬁcials alike – had an “It’s been my lifelong dream to race a Corvette,” he said. afford the taxes – or the insurance. enjoyable time despite heavy winds “I traded the pace car for a red Grand Sport and sent it to and bitter cold mornings. Among the CONTACT SYDNEY DAVIS Pennsylvania to be turned into a racecar on Monday. I got feedback from each of these early races (713) 628-8337 the call I had won another Corvette on Thursday.” is that the “time certain” scheduling firstname.lastname@example.org He regrettably took the cash option, and used the money format adopted for 2010 is immensely to pay for his new racecar. popular with those who have tried it. “I could have had any Corvette I wanted, completely PONY EXPRESS From promoting shorter days to letting custom, but I went with the money,” Koller said. “On the ROCKY MOUNTAIN DIVISION racers know precisely when they will other hand, I didn’t have to pay a dime for my racecar.” BY DAVID MURAMOTO be on track, there appear to be few Koller started racing in the SCCA shortly after he drawbacks to the change. EARLY RETURNS B purchased his 2003 Corvette. “I started autocrossing it, but it just wasn’t enough,” Koller said. He then purchased a y the time this is published, UP THE LADDER Thunder Roadster to race in CSR while he had a Radical RMDiv will be sweltering At both the ﬁ rst two HPR events, PDX built. After racing the Radical for several years, he moved in seasonal heat. But before and Club Time Trials (CTT) sessions up to a DP02. the summer sun shines down, made up part of the schedule. To “All those cars were fun, but racing a ’Vette was still in the ﬁ rst few races of the season continue the story of this growing the back of my mind,” he said. “When the opportunity remain tales yet to be told. program, Colorado PDX/CTT head presented itself, I decided to seize it. It’s a completely Last month, Pony Express detailed honcho Grant Barclay has perhaps different feeling. This T1 car is so much smoother than that the ﬁ rst race weekend of the year, the done too good a job in promoting the my DP02 ever was.” “2 Cool Schools” in the ﬁ rst weekend program over the past few years. Koller has been having fun, fulﬁ lling his dream of racing in April. The second race happened “With PDX and CTT in somewhat a Corvette, but that doesn’t mean he has to stop buying two weeks later, when Continental of a rebuilding year, due to so many of rafﬂe tickets. Divide Region (CDR) sanctioned its our drivers graduating into road “Not all of the tickets for each rafﬂe always sell out,” he opening races at Pikes Peak racing recently, the CTT chiefs were explained. “Sometimes your odds of winning are even International Raceway (PPIR). With pleasantly surprised to see entries for better, and I can’t just walk away from that.” 2009 T3 National Champion, CDR PDX and CTT in double digits both On April 30, 2010, he got yet another phone call (while member and PPIR track manager days of Mother’s Day weekend,” said we were all racing at Texas Motor Speedway, by the way). Bob Boileau looking on, the event was Barclay. “A few cancellations and This time, he won a 2010 ZR1. fortunate to get decent enough mechanical issues saw slightly lower Instead of taking the car, or the cash option, he worked a weather for that time of the year. numbers take the grid each day.” Located about 15 miles south of The PDX format continues to Colorado Springs, the track hosted a attract new members to the sport, as Double Regional that honored a man well as provide an extra incentive known for his fun-loving style. for those working the event. And “Caruso’s Caper” was an event that volunteers who’d like to drive the Rich Caruso would have enjoyed track can enter the PDX for free. immensely. The entire stock of Things can certainly look different
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