The tail end of the 2015 drag racing season included the debut of a new Canadian Pro driver – Albertan Scott Blake….
Based from Red Deer, Blake has recently taken to driving an all new and self-assembled PDRA circuit Pro Nitrous classed Chevy Camaro. The former Top Sportsman class racer made the move up in ranks with an all new RJ Race Cars Camaro, following a pretty successful career stint driving a Pontiac GTO.
“We began construction of this car last winter and finished it up in early September just in time to make our first runs with it at the PDRA race in Rockingham,” Scott revealed. “After that event we tore the motor down – just to make sure everything was OK – and then we came back for the PDRA Finals in at Virginia.”
“As with any step to a new car – you run into a few bugs,” Scott continued. “That’s something you just need to work through. We did have some issues with our ignition grid and fuel pump which plagued us. But at Virginia we ran a 3.826 secs (at 195.76 mph) which was encouraging. So I think we’re now headed the right way.”
Blake poised himself for this next step in drag racing after selling his previously raced Tim McAmis-chassied GTO to his crew chief (Steve Goddard) and the motor program from that car to Edmonton’s Gary Weslowski – another aspiring nitrous Pro Mod racer based from Canada.
Blake’s new race car features a truly massive and state-of-the-art 920 CID nitrous injected engine built by Billy Albert which uses a Rossler 3-speed transmission and converter.
“I really wanted to race a Pro car with a big motor for quite some time,” he added. “I’m a typical racer too – always looking to go faster. I like the attraction of the PDRA’s 1/8th mile racing. After the initial investment it’s easier on parts. And for the most part all the fun really happens in the first 1/8th mile anyways – LOL!”
For 2016 Scott is planning to race his machine (which will be home based in the USA for the most part) at a half dozen or so PDRA events. He has not ruled out trying the car out on the 1/4 mile and at some events in Canada — but admit’s that is not a focus at this point.
Scott, who is a Maintenance Manager for Seputo’s dairy manufacturing plant in Red Deer, funds his race team 100% independently.
Post and photos by: Bruce Biegler