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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

Summit Racing Equipment Shakedown – Summit Motorsports Park OH – 9/13 – 9/16

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

 

The RideTech 48 Hour Corvette Wins Goodguys Autocross National Championship! – Powered by Lingenfelter

Chris Smith driving the RideTech 48 Hour Corvette, Lingenfelter Powered has clinched the Goodguys Autocross National Championship. Chris and our (Ridetech) Corvette have placed 1st or 2nd in every Goodguys Autocross attended in 2017.
Smitty commented: “It’s great to see the results of our hard work over the past 3 years with this car and this program. I’m very honored to have the full support of my family and the entire RideTech team behind me for this achievement!”
RideTech president Bret Voelkel commented: “I couldn’t be more proud of Smitty and the entire RideTech Engineering team. This Championship win is a reflection of everyone’s devotion and hard work — not only in 2017 — but over the last 3 years.”
Smitty has been driving the 48 Hour Corvette since 2015 and is one of the driving forces behind the RideTech Motorsports Track 1 program that provides custom-tailored parts and solutions for pro-touring enthusiasts. This Goodguys Autocross Series Championship caps off a very successful three year program that will culminate with the 48 Hour Corvette being sold at No Reserve to the highest bidder at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Ariz. in January 2018. If you want a Championship-caliber Pro-Touring Corvette, register to bid. Also in 2018, Smitty will be driving the all new RideTech Track 1 1970 Camaro.
Lingenfelter Performance Engineering & RideTech would like to thank Goodguys and its many exceptional sponsors for producing such an exciting and ultra-competitive Autocross series.
Thank you for all your support!

 

**Article compliments of RidTech!** For more information visit: RideTech 

Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Drag Race Results – Holley LS Fest 2017 Lingenfelter COPO Battle At The Green!

LINGENFELTER COPO BATTLE AT THE GREEN

Former NHRA national event finalist Emily Volkman drove her ’15 COPO Camaro to the Lingenfelter COPO Battle at the Green victory with a final-round decision over Brian Palcisko. Palcisko had the slightly better reaction time, but Volkman was closer to her dial with a 9.20 on a 9.17 dial opposite his fast-closing 8.92 on an 8.80.

With a consistent string of runs within just hundredths of a second of 9.20 all day, Volkman defeated Bowling Green’s Donnie Bray, recent NHRA divisional event winner Daren Poole-Adams, and, in the semifinals, Jim McLeod, who narrowly red-lighted. Poole-Adams paced all qualifiers with a .019 light. 1986 NHRA Stock world champion Al Corda was No. 2 with a .023, Holley Director of EFI Business Development Robin Lawrence was third with a .026, and Volkman was fourth with a .041.

Copo Battle at the Green!

To view the full results visit: https://www.lsfest.com/scoggin-dickey-parts-center-drag-race-results/

Article: by Todd Veney, courtesy of LSFest.com

Grand Champion, Autocross, & 3S Challenge Results Holley LS Fest 2017

After all the tire smoke from more than 1,200 cars and three days of non-stop action literally had cleared, Danny Popp walked off with the top prize, the Grand Champion crown. With a record crowd looking on – the biggest in the long history of Beech Bend Raceway Park – Popp drove his ’03 Corvette Z06 to victory by a wide margin (13 points) over another veteran of the LS Fest wars, Rich Wilhoff, who also finished in the runner-up position at the inaugural LS Fest West earlier this year in Las Vegas.

Popp came out on top in both QA1 Autocross events – one at Beech Bend Raceway Park and the other at NCM Motorsports Park – to earn the maximum possible Autocross points: 50. He finished second in the 3S Challenge and third in the Drag Race for a grand total of 92 points – just eight points shy of a perfect 100.

Driving an ’06 Corvette Z06, Wilhoff ruled the 3S Challenge and was second to Popp in both Autocross events but finished just 11th in drag racing for a total of 79 points. Joe Gregory was a distant third behind Wilhoff with 56 points, and Sam Strano narrowly edged out Ryan Mathews and Tyler Powell for fourth place overall.

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Popp topped all challengers on the NCM Autocross track, winning with a time of 42.766 seconds, about a half-second faster than Wilhoff’s second-place time of 43.253. Strano, who finished fourth in the overall Grand Champion standings. Mike DuSold, Grand Champion of both the 2016 LS Fest and the 2017 LS Fest West in Las Vegas, was fourth, and Jack Stanford was fifth.

On the equally challenging Beech Bend Raceway Park Autocross course, Popp again emerged victorious, again over Wilhoff. This one was even closer – Wilhoff actually tied Popp right to the thousandth of a second with a time of exactly 31.107 seconds , the first time LS Fest officials have observed that in competition – but Popp won the tiebreaker (runoff combined time), 62.060 seconds to Wilhoff’s close 62.111. Stanford was about a half-second back with a 31.508, Strano was about a half-second behind Stanford with a 31.568, and Larry Woo rounded out the top five with a time of 31.657.

Wilhoff was second to no one at the Baer/Super Chevy 3S Challenge, registering a winning time of 22.262. He also took home the coveted Vette Magazine Fastest Corvette award. Popp was right on his heels at 22.515, and Logan Palmer’s ’11 Corvette was right behind him with a score of 22.756 seconds. Fourth place went to Bret Voelkel’s Camaro (22.844 seconds), and fifth-place honors went to Tyler Powell’s ’63 Corvette with a time of 23.035.

For the Full article visit: https://www.lsfest.com/grand-championautocross3s-challenge-results/

Climbing the Ladder – Dirk Stratton and his LS7-Powered #Driftvette

The Block - Dirk Stratton

Holley’s LS Fest (link is external) is an event near and dear to our hearts. We attend every year for a chance to witness drag racing, autocross and drifting, all in one weekend and all cars featuring an LS or LT engine. This is where Dirk Stratton comes into the picture. Two years ago, at the 2015 Holley LS Fest, we saw a grey C6 Corvette ripping through the gears at Beech Bend Raceway with a trail of white smoke behind it and we were blown away. It was refreshing to see a Chevrolet chassis dominating in a motorsport series comprised almost solely of small Japanese cars, so we have been keeping our eyes on the driver, Dirk Stratton, ever since.

As it turns out, he has grown leaps and bounds since we last saw him at LS Fest. That year, in 2015, he won the Midwest Drift Union Championship which earned him a spot in the Formula Drift Pro2 series, only one tier below the big dogs of Pro1. He competed in the ‘16 season of Formula Drift (FD) and came in a very impressive 4th place in the overall series points which earned him the prestigious “Rookie of the Year” title.

Dirk is now positioned to compete in the FD Pro2 series again in 2017, although his “Rookie of the Year” title did earn him a license to compete in Pro1. “You know, I just think my team and I should compete another year in Pro2 in order to refine a few things and continue to grow. We hope to enter the Pro1 series in 2018 as a better team and I’m confident we can dominate,” Dirk told us.

So, within a matter of just a few years, Dirk climbed the ladder from the grassroots level of drifting to a professional level, competing alongside some of the best drifters in the world. We were intrigued to find out how he got here and how he progressed so quickly, so we gave him a call to learn more about his story.

Read Article: https://theblock.com/news/climbing-ladder-dirk-stratton-and-his-ls7-powered-driftvette

Life Going Sideways: Dirk Stratton Born to Drift

Life Going Sideways: Dirk Stratton Born to Drift

There is a tradition in the Stratton family, of Beloit, Ohio, that has been rolling along since at least 1928, and most likely began when the last bolt on the first internal combustion engine was tightened down. The automobile is the steel, glass, power, and glue that binds this family and holds them firmly on the road together.

Beloit, population 978, is a tiny town some 63 miles southeast of Cleveland. It has no great landmarks, no notable historical markers except for the old Norfolk Southern railway that runs through it, and maybe a little history in the making in an up and coming native son—drifter extraordinaire Dirk Stratton.

Read More: http://www.hotrod.com/articles/life-going-sideways-dirk-stratton-born-drift/

Lingenfelter Performance Engineering and RideTech sponsor autocross event at Bloomington Gold Corvette event at IMS

Corvette engine experts Lingenfelter Performance Engineering and performance suspension specialist RideTech have teamed up again to sponsor the Gold Autocross event during the 2016 Bloomington Gold Corvette gathering at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, June 23-25, 2016.

Read the complete story: http://www.sportscarillustrated.com/News_2016/J/news16J_0916_Bloomington_Gold_Corvette_IMS.html

 

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