Duntov mechanics Tim Gutowski and Clete Weldon prepare Susie’s back up transmission.
Clair qualified second to a lightweight original 427 Cobra driven by Phil Mulacek. Clair won the Saturday race as Mulacek spun, then worked his way back to second. In Sunday’s feature race, Clair started on the pole but was beaten by Mulacek to the first turn, but then exited turn one in the lead. Mulacek said his mirror fell off and he didn’t know where Clair was, so he went wide and let several cars by before rejoining. Again he worked his way back, this time to fourth overall and second in class A Production. Clair won by over twenty seconds and turned the fastest lap of the race. Third in A Production was Jim Sandberg in his immaculate 1969 427 Corvette.
Two weeks before the race Tony Parella announced the 2017 schedule and the New Orleans race didn’t make the cut. It is unfortunate, as it is a great track, and everyone enjoyed racing there. The COTA National Championship race is only three weeks from the NOLA event and many racers skipped NOLA to be ready for COTA.
Susie Patterson celebrates her silver medal with class winner Tony Parella after Saturday’s race. Susie’s kangaroo was again front and center, and was by far the most popular pet in the paddock.
At impound after Sunday’s feature race ?race winner Clair ‘s Corvette and Phil’s original big block Cobra
The Big Block Podium – L-R Phil Mulacek, Clair Schwendeman and Jim Sandburg