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10.85 pass, then current record for a stock Corvette on drag
Bone Stock on Stock Tires 11.13
Record at the Time
My original report on this pass
on November 25, 2007 Had
the good fortune today to hook up with several members of the
Corvette faithful for closing day at Maryland International Raceway
in Budds Creek, Maryland. Together with dgdoc, hookedup, proney,
chempowr, and Lionel, I made some passes in cool fall air. We
enjoyed the camaraderie and exchanged insights from watching each
other's passes. And I particularly appreciated the video and
engineering skills of my car crew, Beth and Justin.
Last year I predicted that the lower limit of a bone stock C6Z06 on
stock tires would probably be 11.15. Today on literally my final
pass of the 2007 season, I combined in a single run strong 60’
(1.76) and 330’ (4.80) together with the best 330’-1320’
incremental (6.33) that the good fall air (zero-foot DA, measured
track-side using a hand-held weather station) would support. The
net was 11.13 127.20. It even included a good reaction-time of
.050, something never possible when I had been running a suite of
data logging, video, and audio equipment that needed activation
Traction System Off; one push of the console button. That setting
in a C6 allows wheel spin but retains the aggressive form of Active
Handling to help the driver regain control if the car gets
Rear psi set to 26 psi; fronts to 40 psi. Both readjusted in the
staging lanes right before the pass.
As always, I drove around the water box and backed up to just
dampen the rear tires. Pulled forward to the leading edge of the
damp area; then heated the rears just to first smoke, at which time
I went to clutch-in.
After taking particular care to align the car in the racing groove,
I made a shallow stage, just barely tripping (turning on) the
second pair of bulbs.
Launch rpm was 3650 with a very fast clutch release and throttle
squeeze. Got a touch of wheel spin, followed by some bog. Then
nothing but max acceleration.
All shifts were made at an indicated 7000 and included 100% lift of
the throttle during clutch-in.
After staying on the throttle to an indicated 130 and crossing the
1320' stripe, I reviewed my mental driver's check list and
concluded it had been a very clean pass. That’s an elusive goal in
There may be a few more hundredths it the car; but I may leave them
for another driver to find.