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									        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
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        Pennsylvania to be turned into a racecar on Monday. I got                                                             feedback from each of these early races
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        the call I had won another Corvette on Thursday.”                                                                     is that the “time certain” scheduling
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            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.
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        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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