One man’s meat is another’s poison. Especially when it comes to tuning the engine and chassis for the ’strip. What works on one type of track might not work well on another. And either configuration might not work very well at all on public roads. What follows is an experienced race car builder’s account of how he tweaked a Torch Red 2003 Z06 for better hookup on the ’strip, dramatically different from the car’s performance on the street.
First, a bit of background on his race car creds. M.J. Redden, aka Junior, worked for some performance legends over the years, namely Don Yenko and Zora Arkus-Duntov. Junior cut his competition teeth in Stock cars in the late ’50s, running a 1957 Chevy. He went on to win 11 straight feature events at the Clinton Speedway, and took home both the Championship and Rookie of the Year trophies.