Drag Illustrated Issue 179, November / December 2022 - Page 155

CREW CHIEF PAUL THOMPSON ( LEFT ) AND DUTTON , ALONG WITH CONSULTANTS LIKE JAMIE MILLER AND LEE WHITE , WORKED TOGETHER TO DEVELOP THE GAME PLAN FOR THE CAR , CAREFULLY CONSIDERING WHAT IT WOULD TAKE TO BE COMPETITIVE IN SMALL-TIRE CLASSES LIKE PRO 275 AND PDRA PRO STREET .
Corvette .’ That was a love / hate comment , right ? Since he obviously had to endure doing all that . But they understood why .”
With safety at the forefront of his mind , he looked to RaceTech to provide seating for the car .
“ It ’ s got areas of different density foams and it ’ s more of a suspension style seat . And it ’ s got a lot more research in it than any of the pourin-place seats . The safety ratings are way higher on it , and once you sit in it , there ’ s an obvious difference comfort-wise from that , to any pour-in seat ,” says Dutton .
Other safety equipment includes FireAde fire suppression , a Simpson fresh-air system , and an Impact -20 fire suit . He and Sherri have a little
November / December 2022 one , Blake , and many decisions made about vehicle construction were done so with them in mind .
One element of the car ’ s construction was handled elsewhere : the bodywork and paint , which was performed by longtime X275 racer Jamie Stanton at E . J . Automotive & Collision in Durhamville , New York . The RK team molded the one-off ZR06 ( ZR1 / Z06 combo ) nose elements into the Cynergy Composites carbon-fiber body , then Stanton finished off the car ’ s spectacular appearance .
In addition to Miller ’ s help with sorting out the whole program from the jump , Dutton has also enlisted Pro Line tuner Lee White and crewman Grant O ’ Rourke to help get the car down the track for the rest of this season and into 2023 . And no project of this magnitude comes together without the support of family and friends like Sherri , Blake , crew chief Paul Thompson , and longtime friend Jason Gates of Gates Construction .
With RK Racecraft , Pro Line Racing , Fuel- Tech , Homier Fabrications ( wiring ), and so many others at the top of the small-tire racing game all involved with this project , it ’ s only a matter of time before this Corvette makes its mark on the racing community . It is a shining example of Dutton ’ s laser-focused attention to the most intricate details ; one he hopes will end with many trips into the winner ’ s circle . DI
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