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.

Bob Rahaim's incredible new Corvette C7 roared to victory during it's first ever event appearance

Bob Rahaim’s incredible new Corvette C7 roared to victory during it’s first ever event appearance

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.”

Don Walsh's turbocharged Camaro qualified low and set low ET at 5.829 secs

Don Walsh’s turbocharged Camaro qualified low and set low ET at 5.829 secs

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.

Pete Farber was runner-up driving his fan favourite Dodge Daytona

Pete Farber was runner-up driving his fan favourite Dodge Daytona

Event Essentials:  NHRA Amalie Oil Gatornationals

NHRA Pro ModNameE.T.MPH
Winner:Bob Rahaim5.957249.99
R/UP:Pete Farber8.965107.27
Low ET:Don Walsh5.829
Top Speed:Troy Coughlin 252.43
Bump Spot:6.005
Event Entries:27
Troy Coughlin's all new Corvette C7 set top speed at 252.43 mph and went to the "final four" on Sunday

Troy Coughlin’s all new Corvette C7 set top speed at 252.43 mph and went to the “final four” on Sunday

All Photos by:  Bruce Biegler