The highly anticipated debut of the all new Corvette C7 Pro Mod cars did not disappoint during their debut race….
Michigan’s Bob Rahaim raced to victory in the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing portion of the AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. Pro Mod racing at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville was co-presented by the Real Pro Mod Association and Jerry Bickel Race Cars, Inc.
Rahaim powered his spectcular 2015 TLC Waste Disposal Corvette to a 5.957-second pass at 243.99 mph, defeating Pete Farber’s 8.965 at 107.26 in his ’69 Dodge Daytona in the finals. It was Rahaim’s first career Pro Mod win and seventh career race in the category. Rahaim was the No. 9 qualifier and defeated Mike Castellana, No. 1 qualifier Don Walsh and Troy Coughlin on the way to the final.
“We hadn’t even won a round of competition before yesterday,” Rahaim said. “First round of eliminations, we were fortunate enough to take that win. We didn’t beat ourselves. I guess the consistency of going down the track every time won this event for us.”
Farber entered eliminations as the No. 6 qualifier. He defeated Mike Knowles, Eric Latino and Troy Coughlin Jr. on the way to the finals. Farber has one career win in four career finals.
Event Essentials: NHRA Amalie Oil Gatornationals
|NHRA Pro Mod||Name||E.T.||MPH|
|Low ET:||Don Walsh||5.829|
|Top Speed:||Troy Coughlin||252.43|
All Photos by: Bruce Biegler