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Cancellation of the 2020 Lingenfelter Blue Suede Cruise

Due to the continued uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the difficult decision has been made to cancel the 19th Annual Lingenfelter Blue Suede Cruise scheduled for July 10-12, 2020.

Due to the continued uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the difficult decision has been made to cancel the 19th Annual Lingenfelter Blue Suede Cruise scheduled for July 10-12, 2020.  With 20,000 guests, 3,000 street rods, 500 race cars and all of the scheduled off-track festivities, social distancing guidelines will be difficult to follow.  We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused, and share in your disappointment.

As a result, we will be offering you, our loyal guests, the following options:

  • OPTION #1 – Hold your tickets and use them in 2021.
      • You must find a safe place to store your tickets until 2021.  Do not lose or misplace your tickets.
      • The tickets (and camping/motorhome if applicable) you currently have in your possession will be the exact tickets for the 2021 Lingenfelter Blue Suede Cruise!  No additional action is required.
      • STREET RODDER & RACE CAR ENTRIES: If you’ve pre-entered with a street rod or race car, you’ll be automatically entered into the 2021 Lingenfelter Blue Suede Cruise!  No additional action is required.
  • OPTION #2 – Return your tickets to our office and receive a full refund.
      • For financial reasons, we will NOT be offering a “Save My Seat” campaign for the 2021 Lingenfelter Blue Suede Cruise.  Instead, we hope to begin selling tickets to the public as early as August 1, 2020 for the 2021 Lingenfelter Blue Suede Cruise.
      • Please return your tickets to: Jayme Bader, Summit Motorsports Park, 1300 State Route 18, Norwalk, Ohio 44857
      • STREET RODDER & RACE CAR ENTRIES: If you would like a refund, please call our office or send us an email at wab4@me.com.  If you choose to take a refund, please be aware that we will not be offering a show special for the 2021 Lingenfelter Blue Suede Cruise!

This is an extremely challenging financial time for all of us so please allow 90-days to complete the refund process!  Your patience is most appreciated.

No matter what, we cherish our fans and recognize them as the very best in the sport!!

-Bill Bader

For the original Press Release link: http://summitmotorsportspark.com/news/c327b105-9a22-4fd1-92da-08d7f5c6f830

NEW Eliminator Spec engine powers through a WIN during USCA Las Vegas Season Opener!

Congratulations Jake Rozelle on taking home the WIN for the GTL Class.

What an incredible weekend! Lingenfelter’s first Eliminator Spec engine built this year and Jake Rozelle’s first race of the year! Nothing can stop this dynamic duo. Wishing the best of luck to Jake as he continues to conquer the rest of his racing season. 

A note from the driver himself “It’s purple and it’s a GTL winner!!! The last 2 weeks were a mad thrash and my first time ever driving the completed car was Friday night down Las Vegas Blvd. To finish with a win is beyond my expectations. The new Eliminator R Spec engine impressed me with not only the power numbers it made but also how driveable the new engine package is. The increased RPM range helped significantly in the speed stop segment of the event and the torque increase was fantasticon the road course where it allowed me to run a gear higher than before, eliminating extra shifts and allowing me as the driver to be smoother. I can’t wait for more testing to optimize this new setup! Lingenfelter Performance Engineering played a huge part in getting this car done. Thank you guys and what a way to debut the new Eliminator Spec engine in my car! Also to anyone else I’ve tagged thank you for your help this off-season, it takes a team!

I’d also like to thank all the companies whose support makes our program possible: Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, Ignite Race Fuel, Lucas Oil Products, Falken Tire, Centerforce, JRIShocks, Wilwood Brakes, Forgeline, Ultimate Performance, Van Steel Corvettes, Palmer Signs, LG Motorsports, JCG Restorations, Current Performance Wiring

Lingenfelter’s Eliminator Spec “R” Engine provides validated performance through intense competition and class-leading power! To get your hands on one of these bad boys give us a call! 260-724-2552

Mega Power: Lingenfelter’s Quadruple Digit GMC Sierra

– A highlight from LSX Magazine 

Lately, it seems like we are living in an alternate universe where factory vehicles are cranking out 700-plus horsepower with a warranty. As if that isn’t strange enough, if you’re not shooting to make 1,000 horsepower with your project car, it becomes a laughable offense. In all honesty, 2,000 is the new 1,000 when we’re talking about power numbers these days. And with the advancement in turbochargers and superchargers, this task has become easier than ever.

It didn’t take Lingenfelter Performance Engineering (LPE) long to catch on to this horsepower trend. The company has built its reputation on high-performance vehicles that are not only incredibly powerful but dependable, as well. But we have to admit that the company’s latest offering has dropped our jaws like a kid in the world’s largest toy store.

Lingenfelter Performance Engineering was founded over 47 years ago and is recognized for its performance. It develops, tests, and manufactures a slew of engine parts, electronics, and fuel systems, which ultimately wind up in the individual vehicles the company sells. And with high-powered cars in its arsenal, like the Cadillac CTS-V, Camaro ZL1, and Corvette C7 Z06, you might be wondering what car is next for the dynamic group.

It turns out it’s not a car at all. Instead, it’s a truck. You’re probably thinking, “Oh yeah, that’s right; they do have some pretty cool trucks.” And you would be correct, Lingenfelter does have some awesome vehicles other than the two-door sporty ones. Recently, we covered one of its new 2015-19 supercharged Escalade/Denali packages that produce an impressive 700 horsepower. While 700 is a good amount of power, remember that 1,000 is the magic number these days.

If you haven’t caught on yet, allow us to fill in the blanks for you: Lingenfelter recently showcased GMC Sierra truck that cranks out quadruple digits. Before we get into what the 2018 GMC actually made, let’s take a look at the build.

Lingenfelter is, of late, known for the use of superchargers on its high horsepower vehicles. What you may not know is that once upon a time, the company preferred turbos over the superchargers. As technology switched gears between the two forced induction rivals, the supercharger became the preferred method for force-feeding an engine. However, once again, the tide has begun to turn. Turbos are now being put to use at Lingenfelter’s headquarters, and the results are nothing short of staggering.

We spoke to Mark Rapson, COO/VP of Operations at Lingenfelter Performanceon how this transition came back around. Mark said, “With the evolution of supercharger technology, specifically Eaton’s TVS unit, it’s caused us to focus on superchargers for the last eight years. Recently the OEM’s have gotten more interested in turbochargers. This interest has allowed the turbo technology to evolve, which in return makes the aftermarket industry get involved. It’s for this reason that we have revived our interest in using turbochargers.”

While this may be one reason Lingenfelter started looking at turbochargers again, it’s not the only motivation. Mark explains, “As you know, the C8 Corvette is coming out, and the engine bay just begs to have turbochargers installed. We were looking for an avenue to explore the latest in turbo technology and test the waters. That’s how the GMC came about.” 

Click here to read the full story: https://www.lsxmag.com/features/mega-power-lingenfelters-quadruple-digit-gmc-sierra/

Dirk Stratton’s Drifting Career is a Family Affair with his Driftvette.

Dirk Stratton had his hands full at the Formula Drift 2019 season opener in Long Beach. After putting the whole right side of his Lingenfelter-powered C6 Corvette into the Turn 10 wall during practice, he, his dad, mom, and two buddies all began thrashing to fix the “Driftvette” before qualifying rounds began. These were the same people who originally helped build the car, and as a group, they maintain and modify it as needed during the racing season. “I built the transmission, rear ends, everything myself. It’s a long winter in Ohio and all of my buddies help me out,” said Dirk. As you can tell, Formula Drift (FD) is a family affair for team Stratton.

Growing up in a family of car enthusiasts, Dirk caught the racing bug at a young age. “I grew up traveling to all of the NHRA races with [my parents],” said Dirk. “I’d get all my homework from school and take it with me.” When he chose to go the drifting route and not follow in his family’s footsteps on the quarter-mile, it was a bit of a tough pill for Dirk’s parents to swallow. “This was hard for them to be ok with the decision. I did a full season of drifting at local events, and they never came.” But after seeing how much Dirk enjoyed the driving and after his father Don got to ride shotgun at full-lock a few times, the family couldn’t help but support Dirk’s racing efforts.

Dirk got his start in drifting in 2012. He was first exposed to the driving style while attending a motorcycle racing event that was running at the adjacent track. After getting a ride in a buddy’s car, he was hooked. His first drift car was a 1990 240SX hatchback into which he dropped a 5.3L LS engine. “We entered a competition in Michigan just to try it out. We had no idea what we were doing,” chuckled Dirk. “I showed up to grid with no spares- no extra tires or anything! LS Fest was my second competition ever and I podiumed.” As he got more serious about competition Dirk got involved in the Midwest Drift Union, a feeder series for drivers trying to get into FD. His S-chassis lasted for a time, but he got to the point where he either wanted to completely rebuild it or start on a fresh platform.

Since 1928, the Stratton family has owned Stratton Chevrolet in Boyd, Ohio, making Dirk the fourth generation of the family involved in the business. When he decided to switch to a new chassis, he didn’t have to look far for the 2009 C6 he’s driving now. “The Corvette made the most sense,” said Dirk. “It’s a sports car right off the bat. You can build it simple, and it works well.” It may be simple when compared to other FD cars, however, this is the same car he drove to qualify for his FD Pro 2 license, as well as the car he used to win Pro 2 Rookie of the Year in 2017 and Pro Rookie of the Year in 2018. All the while, the car has been upgraded as his driving improves, allowing him to remain competitive with the rest of the grid.

To read the full article visit: https://www.hotrod.com/articles/dirk-strattons-drifting-career-family-affair-driftvette/

NEW RACE WINNING Carbon pTR Manifold – Featured on our Eliminator Spec Engine Builds.

Lingenfelter aligns with Performance Design LLC to distribute and use their products.

We are excited to announce our strategic alliance with Performance Design LLC, the industry leader in developing and manufacturing composite intake manifolds and carbon fiber components for the racing and aftermarket high-performance industry.

Over the last year of engineering and development to create our new Eliminator Spec Engine program we recognized the intake system was critical to achieving big horsepower at high RPM for our “R” Spec naturally aspirated motors.

The Performance Design Carbon pTR manifold was the solution, allowing us to build broad torque curves while making maximum high RPM power and maintaining a forward-facing throttle body. The large plenum volume along with interchangeable runner lengths allows us to tune the intake port volume to specific engine displacements and cam profiles.

The pTR manifolds composite and Carbon construction is strong, lightweight, and insulates against heat-soak to maintain cooler air intake temperatures. The versatile manifold has provisions for other power adders like NOS and can withstand over 40psi continuous pressure.

The Carbon pTR is engineered and has been tested to meet the extreme performance demands of our Eliminator Spec motors!  Check out the details and combinations below! ⬇️

📲Call our sales team for more information  260-724-2552

The Carbon pTR Intake Manifold combines the best materials into a flexible and powerful tunnel ram architecture. Glass reinforced nylon lower and carbon fiber upper shell combine for lightweight, strong and heat resistant performance.  Offering unique modular velocity stacks enabling 6.5 – 9” runners, multiple accessory port and sensor options along with other custom features, this manifold offers easy configuring for any LS3 or LS7 hot rod setup.

Shipping with the longer runner, optional velocity stacks offer different lengths.  Tuning of the intake runner length to match the cam, head and exhaust combo gives the ultimate way to optimize your engine’s power curve.  Shorter runners support high RPM drag applications or longer runners for improved torque in the mid-range.  Mixing lengths can help smooth out the torque curve.

The plenum is constructed from high strength carbon fiber with high temp epoxy for improved strength to weight ratio and reduced heat soak to the fresh air charge. The polymer lower runner pack resists heat soak from the heads and houses all ports/sensors hidden in the valley.  The combination of materials offers a 10 lb weight savings over competitive aluminum tunnel ram manifolds.

Specifications & Features

  • LS3 and LS7 port applications
  • Modular velocity stacks for 6.5”, 8.0” and 9.0” runner lengths
  • Raised velocity stack runner entries
  • PA6GF30 Glass filled nylon lower manifold for light weight and low heat soak
  • Carbon fiber plenum with 5 layers of carbon and foam core flange
  • 105mm forward facing throttle body flange
  • Two MAP sensor locations (front and back)
  • Two 1/4 NPT ports for PCV, purge solenoid, etc.
  • One 1/2 NPT port for brake booster or IAT
  • Includes stainless steel hardware for installation
  • NOS bosses on outboard and valley side of each runner (16 total)
  • Provisions to run 3 injector body lengths
  • Includes molded port, plenum and throttle seals
  • Intake can be reversed on the engine
  • Anodized billet throttle flange; red and black standard colors
  • Optional custom color throttle flange
  • Optional PD ultralight billet -8 fuel rails

Carbon pTR Manifold as seen on Jake Rozelle’s Eliminator R Spec Engine. 

For more details and to shop: https://www.lingenfelter.com/product/PD70515.html#.XqHpsFNKjs0



2020 Event Schedule – Lingenfelter Show Truck

Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Show Truck

Brighton, Mich. – Officially debuted in 2018, the Lingenfelter Show Truck traveled across the US. Beginning in Las Vegas for LS Fest West, traveling from coast to coast and ending back in Las Vegas for another great year at SEMA and OPTIMA Batteries Search for the Ultimate Street Car Invitational at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway!

We are looking forward to another amazing season of racing, events & enthusiasts that follow us throughout this journey! With events changes due to COVID-19 this year, the tentative show schedule is as follows.

Lingenfelter Show Truck Schedule 2020

Holley LS Fest West – Las Vegas Motor Speedway 6/12 – 6/14

Lingenfelter Blue Suede Cruise – Summit Motorsports Park – 7/10 – 7/12

TVS Throwdown – Route 66 Raceway Joilet IL 7/30 – 8/2

Woodward Dream Cruise – Detroit MI – 8/15

Hot Rod Power Tour – 8/23 – 8/29

Holley LS Fest East – Beech Bend Raceway 9/4 – 9/6

Bloomington Gold – Indianapolis Motor Speedway TBD SEPTEMBER

OPITMA – Bowling Green KY 10/10 – 10/11

OPTIMA – Las Vegas Motor Speedway NV – 11/7 – 11/8


We hope to see you at some of these events! If spotted, be sure to tag us by using #Lingenfelter. Stay tuned for more exciting news and updates from Lingenfelter Performance Engineering.

Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Partners with Formula Drift Pro 2 Driver Andrew Schulte

Brighton, Mich. – Lingenfelter Performance Engineering is excited to announce a new partnership for 2019, welcoming Andrew Schulte as an official driver and member of Team Lingenfelter. Andrew, driver of the number 216 “Itasha” style S13, now powered by Lingenfelter will be competing in Formula Drift Pro 2 for the 2019 season.

Born and raised in Cleveland OH, currently residing in Phoenix Arizona, Andrew has been drifting for over 7 years! Andrew earned and received his Formula Drift Pro 2 license in 2017, by finishing 3rd in the southwest drift series.

The car itself is not your typical GM chassis that we are known to build engines for! This 1993 Nissan 240sx has been heavily modified to equip an LS engine. Andrews’ S13 will be getting a new heart, a Lingenfelter LS7 for his rookie year in Formula Drift Pro 2.

Drifting rewards stylish driving, but also a stylish vehicle presence. As you can see from the photos below, this S13 does not look like your typical everyday racecar. A special theme and highlight in Andrews’s vehicle presence is the Anime. Anime is a large part of the Japanese culture, where drifting originally started. Andrew decided to style his car accordingly, allowing for a drastic color combination that really catches the eye out on the track!

Andrew will compete at all four rounds of Formula Drift Pro 2, as well as a few other major events throughout the year, such as LS Fest and Gridlife! We look forward to having another Team Lingenfelter driver represent the brand in the Formula Drift community, alongside Dirk Stratton, Formula Drift Pro Rookie of the Year for 2018! Lingenfelter is eager and excited to expand our presence in Formula Drift. Welcome to the Team Andrew!

Stay tuned for more exciting news and updates from Lingenfelter Performance Engineering

2019 Rendering

Team Lingenfelter – Tracy Gaudu

Welcome to the Team Tracy!
I did not grow up around racing or motorsports but I have had a love for Corvette since a very young age.  I enlisted in the USAF after high school but didn’t own my first corvette until age 37 when I bought a 2005 C6 precision red automatic transmission car.  After buying this car, I quickly joined the Longhorn Corvette Club, in Austin, Texas, and subsequently became a member of National Council of Corvette Clubs (NCCC) and was introduced to low-speed autocross and loved the competition.

I saw my current car, a 2008 C6ZO6 in a dealership showroom in late 2007, and although I didn’t know how to drive a manual transmission car, I thought I could indeed learn and win BIG.  I did win the NCCC Ladies National Points Championship in 2008.I also won the Southwest Region Championship in conjunction with the National Championship in 2008 which was difficult to do within the same year.

This was a huge year of learning – not only to learn how to drive/race/win events in a car very new to me but also had to learn how to load a car onto a trailer,
trailer it to events all over the country, and change out race tires on the car.  I did this all alone.  I was very driven to get to at least 3 weekends per month so I could maintain my points lead. I did this while working full time as a surgical physician assistant.
I enjoyed the few high-speed auto crosses NCCC put on and won the overall fastest time of day regularly and have class track records at multiple tracks.  I won Overall Top Competitor at NCCC Convention in Topeka in 2012 and had the overall fastest time of day (men/women) for high-speed autocross at NCCC National Convention at Raceway Park of the Midlands in Omaha in 2015.
I continued to enjoy high-speed events and to get more seat time I have attended at least 10 HPDE’s/year over the past couple of years all while adding parts to the car to make it more competitive. I needed to get back into the competition so I decided to join NASA and got my TT (time trial) license late last year.  My first event with my license, I scored a podium finish at Roebling Road Raceway in TT1.
Over the winter of 2017, I wanted to really make the car as competitive as possible in TT1 and thought the HP part of the equation would do it.  I looked at
several different engine builders and went with Lingenfelter not only for their reputation but I feel they are the “gold standard” and I wanted the best. I was able to win, my first NASA event in 2018, first place overall out of 24 drivers, in TT at the NASA Great Lakes Region crossover with Central and Mid-South Regions at NCM Motorsports Park on March 23-25, 2018.
I feel the 650 HP LS7 Lingenfelter engine did help make that win happen!!
Looking forward to competing at Hyperfest at VIR May 18 – 20th  competing in NASA TT1 and the Tire Rack’s Ultimate Track Car Challenge with my Lingenfelter Performance Engineering sponsored 2008 atomic orange C6Z06.
Super proud to be a part of Team Lingenfelter Racing!” – Tracy Gaudu

Summit Motorsports Park and Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Partner

Summit Motorsports Park and Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Partner
Summit Motorsports Park and Lingenfelter Performance Engineering have partnered for a sponsorship program.
As part of it, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering will be the title sponsor for the Blue Suede Cruise, July 13-15, and the Wednesday Fun Night, which begins May 16 and takes place most Wednesdays through Oct. 10.
Additionally, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering will provide trophies magnificently made of engine parts to winners of the Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Wednesday Fun Night on the first Wednesday of each month, as well as winners of the Nostalgia Drag Racing League categories at the Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Blue Suede Cruise, July 13-15, winners of Nostalgia Pro Stock at the 41st Annual Kelly Services Night Under Fire, Aug. 11 and winners of Outlaw Nostalgia Pro Stock and Nostalgia Gas at the Summit Racing Equipment Shakedown at the Summit presented by Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, Sept. 13-16.
As the official performance, engineering and tuning center of Summit Motorsports Park, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering will be boasted on specially-made signage and in displays throughout the park, and the company will post contingency for racers.
Founded more than 45 years ago, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering specializes in GM products, especially Camaros, Corvettes, Cadillacs and trucks. In addition to engineering services, it offers engine-building, performance parts, engine and chassis tuning components and installation, and has build-centers in Wixom, Michigan and Decatur, Indiana, in addition to a corporate office and warehouse in Brighton, Michigan.
“We’re looking forward to this partnership with Summit Motorsports Park, as it’s an opportunity to align our brand with another top-tier brand,” said Mark Rapson, chief operating officer and vice-president of operations for Lingenfelter Performance Engineering. “The track is state-of-the-art, and in addition to being involved on a sponsorship level there, we’ll test there while we continue to engineer and develop new parts.”
Summit Motorsports Park, where a $1.6 million track reconstruction project is wrapping up, is at 1300 State Route 18, Norwalk, Ohio. A season-opening test session is set for 10 a.m.-11 p.m. May 11. For information about upcoming events, tickets and more, visit www.summitmotorsportspark.com or call 419-668-5555.
Mary Lendzion
Summit Motorsports Park Media and Public Relations
(Photos by Moto Lenz and courtesy of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering)
About Summit Motorsports Park
As a major motorsports venue, Summit Motorsports Park welcomes more than 500,000 people each year for sportsman and professional drag racing and is home to the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. Located on more than 225 acres and surrounded by theme parks and water parks, it has been named Track of the Year 18 times by the NHRA, NMCA and IHRA, and its annual economic impact to the community has been determined to be more than $100 million.

Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Show Truck

Brighton, Mich. – Lingenfelter Performance Engineering is excited to announce the debut of our official over-the-road show truck. The show truck is specifically designed to haul vehicles in the upper half, while having self-contained storage, a point of sale, workstation, and private business office in the lower half! The Lingenfelter Show Truck will be on display at multiple events throughout the season, with its first official unveiling at Holley LS Fest West May 6th – 8th at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“The 53’ rig was built to professionally display Lingenfelter Performance Engineering and partner brands while allowing high-quality onsite display and point of sale”., said Mark Rapson COO/VP Operations at Lingenfelter Performance Engineering.

We want to thank our strategic partner Continental Tire, the official tire of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, for partnering with us and playing an instrumental role in helping develop and execute the show truck.

We also want to recognize and thank Reliable Carriers for working with us to customize the tractor and trailer to our specifications and show needs!

Lingenfelter Performance Engineering would like to extend a special thank you to Dave Ross, Chief Designer and Owner of Busta Designs for creating Lingenfelter’s Show Truck Graphics! We have been fortunate to work with Dave for a number of years. Dave has created many unique and exciting designs for Lingenfelter Show vehicles that have appeared at SEMA and other high profile shows! Our partnership with Dave and Busta Design is certain to continue, as we have many new and exciting projects in the works! If you are looking for professional, specialized and exceptional graphic designs, please contact Dave Ross by email at bustadesign@hotmail.com.

Be on the lookout for this rig, as it surely can’t be missed!  If spotted, be sure to tag us by using #Lingenfelter. Stay tuned for more exciting news and updates from Lingenfelter Performance Engineering.


Lingenfelter Show Truck Schedule 2018

Holley LS Fest West – Las Vegas Motor Speedway NV – 5/4/-5/6

Corvette Homecoming 5/31 – 6/1 / OPTIMA – Bowling Green KY 6/2 -6/3

Hot Rod Power Tour -6/9 – 6/15

Bloomington Gold – Indianapolis Motor Speedway 6/21 – 6/23

21st Goodguys PPG Nationals – Ohio Expo Center 7/6 -7/8

17th Annual Lingenfelter Blue Suede Cruise – Summit Motorsports Park OH – 7/13 – 7/15

41st Annual Kelly Services Night Under Fire – Summit Motorsports Park OH – 8/11

Holley LS Fest East – Bowling Green KY 9/7 – 9/9

Woodward Dream Cruise – Detroit MI – 8/18

Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car – Road America, Elkhart Lake WI 10/6 – 10/7

OPTIMA – Las Vegas Motor Speedway NV – 11/3 – 11/4





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