A truly innovative Can-Am Racing connection is producing early dividends within drag racing’s Pro Mod class category….
During last weekend’s weather deferred conclusion to the IHRA’s Mopar Canadian Nationals at Grand Bend Motorplex, up and coming class driver Paolo Giust emerged victorious.
Giust, who is from Osgoode Ontario scored a very telling victory within the Crower-sponsored Pro Mod class category during what was in fact only the third appearance of the season driving his all new supercharged C7 Corvette.
While the actual entry list at the GBM event was short – the quality of the field was strong and Giust won the eliminator – upsetting heavy favourite and pole qualifier Eric Latino from (Port Perry) in the all Canadian final round.
Guist left the starting line first (with a .057 RT) and ran a winning 6.088 secs at 232.97 mph which covered Latino’s potent Quality Plus Compressors/GESI which slowed from it’s earlier pace due to a mechanical failure.
Giust’s car is the final product of an impressive and truly Canadian-American colaburation between his team and including progressive class entities, Cynergy Composites, G-Force Race Cars, Resolution Racing Services and MSR (Mike Stawicki Racing).
“A lot of the credit has to go to Jim & Jon Salemi and Mike Stawicki who have been right by my side in developing this car since I took delivery,” said Paolo. “At this race we got the car to run really well in these very hot and tricky conditions — and that made my job driving a lot easier. We managed to win in only our third time out with car – which I think is a very impressive stride forward.”
The event results are also recognized as just the “latest feather” in the caps for G-Force, RRS and MSR whose industry reputation continues to grow rather exponentially.
“We have put together something pretty special here — that is truly representative of two countries,” added Jon Salemi (from Resolution Racing Services). “We’re using the very first Cynergy-produced C7 body made just down the road from Grand Bend (at Strathroy Ontario) along with one of Mike engines, Jim’s chassis and our fuel systems. This victory was a great way for us to showcase what we do from our day to day business. Even though it’s pretty much in our own backyard — we were able to show the world and we’re excited about how our stuff is now rising up.”
Following the win, Paolo and his wife Shannon, who fund their racing operation through their very successful Ottawa-area Pet Supply business www.Chew-That.ca were also quick to thank the IHRA for bringing back the Pro Mod class again for 2015.
“We would like to see that upswing for Pro Mod continue to be a priority for the IHRA,” Paolo added. “Our team would continue to participate.”
Post and photos by: Bruce Biegler