2014 PDRA Cadillac CTSV Pro Mod Virginia Pro Extreme Review
Inside With Stanley And Weiss Racing's New 2014 SDI Cadillac CTSV Pro Extreme
By goDragRacing.org: Post Date: 7/31/2014 | Photos Courtesy Of goDragRacing.org - Black Rock Photography - Roger Richards
It's an honor again to have the man himself "Camp Stanley" give me journalistic license to review my inaugural visit to the newly formed "PDRA - Professional Drag Racers Association" at Virginia Motorsports Park this past weekend.
Doorslammer Legend Camp Stanley prepares the new Caddy CTSV in the pits at PDRA Virginia
I take Camp and his teams word as gospel when it comes to him telling me I have to visit one of these events. As the official team "Mascot" and their webmaster, I have a sterling relationship with last years "Record Setting Team" who broke barriers at Las Vegas Street Car Supernationals.
Having the inside scoop after last years stellar performance I knew there was a new car coming out of Larry Jeffers Race Cars as Camp was on his long ride home he broke the news to me and it would be a Cadillac CTSV! to run specifically in the quickest doorslammer class again "Pro Extreme".
2014 PDRA Virginia Drag Racing Photo Gallery by goDragRacing.org Here
Having already been through the "ADRL and XDRL" the buzz was the PDRA was going to be different, granted I was skeptical until I heard names I trust in the racing world being involved like Jason Scruggs, Tommy Franklin and Bubba Stanton, with Bob Harris as the director. I knew this was going to be a venue for the racers by the racers with the production of a series fans could appreciate at every stop on the schedule.
With our invitation's to the race in hand, I and my shooting partner Tara Bowker of Black Rock Photography set out on our five hour plus journey to Virginia Motorsports Park representing RPM Magazine and Team Stanley and Weiss Racing to capture the new Cadillac Pro Extreme on its maiden voyage down the 660ft and see the spectacle of the PDRA in all it's glory.
Tara Bowker Of Black Rock Photography Captures The Beautiful Angles of the New CTSV Pro Mod
Upon arrival Thursday afternoon my partner and I were greeted by "Bobbie" at the media booth and were welcomed with open arms, we took the typical "Let's see who's here" cruise around the pits and were immediately blown away at the level and quality of cars ready to make hits. I needed to visit Tommy Franklin right off the bat to give him and his family and extra special "Thank You" for the opportunity. At first glance I was impressed at this layout and what was to come; professional barely describes this organizations efforts to make it fan positive. I'm just as much a fan and spectator as everyone in the stands also, so please keep that in mind.
On our first day, there was to be testing sessions but early rains hampered that schedule and then, nothing stranger could have happened when alerts came out that a "Tornado" was touching down close by as the sky blackened. It looked to be devastating in the pits and racers battened down the hatches. VMP missed the brunt of it and ended the extra testing time most wanted, especially the team of Stanley and Weiss Racing, this car had not put power to the ground yet and hadn't started until it got there. You think they worried?, not a chance; as they are just laid back Maryland boys.
The team spends a little off time before the tonado rained down
Early Friday morning brought new challenges for VMP and the "Traction Twins" as the storm dumped seven inches of rain in an hour on this facility. The blistering sun was bringing water to the surface just past the the 1/4 mile area. After making the call there would be a delay and another qualifying session not available, the track staff quickly began digging a drain near the area of problem and it worked! Cars were called to the lanes and the "Live View" by Motormainia TV was turned on for the weekend.
Run after run went past us Friday afternoon as we were planted on the wall of this gorgeous facility, my associate photographer and I shot relentlessly and just drooled over the action coming our way on each pass. Through the nine classes on the roster it was our time to feel the power of my host teams rides, Pro Extreme. VIOLENT is one word for this class, it's just that awesome. As with the other classes, the PDRA brings in some of the baddest machines there is. I usually don't get "Stirred" by machines at 200MPH but in the 1/8th, it's an incredible feeling on the track and I even spent time in the stands to "Feel" this sensation with all the others. For the team of Stanley and Weiss Racing, the first hit was a soft shot to see if it was going to go straight and it did. Knowing these guys, a full hit would come very quickly in this high tech ride now in their hands.
Judging by the looks, the first hit was a success
Nightfall was upon us, but humidity was high. The track was there as numbers were dropping in every class, the "Traction Twins" were dead on perfect with the prep. The team brought the Noonan headed Hemi to life under the overhang as the fans in the filled stands looked on at this beast belching fuel under the lights. John ran it through a blistering burnout and had everyone's attention immediately. Maybe they knew too a full pass was forthcoming. The standard staging procedure was underway as Camp and Scott Cline lined him up.
John shut the CTSV Pro Mod down but on the boards was a stellar 3.796 at only 176.03
On went the green and I'm glad I didn't blink as the Caddy powered off the line getting loose 3.1 seconds into the run John shut it down but on the boards was a stellar 3.796 at "only 176.03", There it was! an impressive first shot and qualified. Another early morning session had Brandon Pesz grenade a motor through the traps with a lower 3.77 but damage was extensive and back into the ladder did the team go, John Stanley would have a first round appearance! Only to face "The Bubba Stanton"
It was a short lived pass as John Stanley ran into tire shake closing the butterflies early and aborting the pass, but data was gained on the exceptional track. My fellow team mates were quite happy with the outcome, brand new car, no passes until that day, all was well just qualifying.
In the interim rounds the team also took the award for "Best Appearing / Best Engineered" of the event presented before a massive crowd. Very happy for this hard working team!
The New CTSV Pro Mod garnered the Paint by Jeff Hoskins "Best Appearing and Best Engineered Award"
When all was said and done, you could find the team on the starting line through the final rounds as my associate and I began our trip back to Pennsylvania, I was in awe of the complete professionalism shown by all through this long hot weekend. The format of the race was very enjoyable even to a veteran. If I was to be asked if I would return, a definite "YES" would be the first thing out of my mouth. I'd personally like to thank my team of Stanley and Weiss Racing now on Facebook HERE and of course this exceptional staff of this series and Virginia Motorsports Park, it was quite the spectacle of horsepower and 1/8th mile madness! This traveling series makes stops all over the country. Details can be found on the website PDRA660.com and their Facebook page.
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Finishing up the decals on the Pro Mod
Inside John Stanley's New Working Quarters
The Davis Technologies Electronics visible
The signature Larry Jeffers Race Cars branding
The team puts the CTSV Pro Mod in the groove
John Stanley belches fuel out the headers awaiting the green
Running into tire shake the butterflies are closing
John hauls the car down after a pass
The team celebrates their run
John Stanley working out the Mickey Thompsons
Bubba Stanton awaits John Stanley in the first round
Launching Hard, the Jeffers chassis is working
The business end, don't get sucked in
Some between round wrench turning
What the team hopes all its competitors will be viewing at speed
Under power, under the lights
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