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Corvette pilot dominates while driving his dad's car!

Andy Bolig - January 19, 2014 11:40 AM

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My dad bought this Corvette over 40 years ago and I still get to drive it

Autocross champion Danny Popp piloted his Holley equipped 1972 Corvette to win the Goodguys Autocrosser of the Year.

The Cincinnati, Ohio, and seven-time SCCA Champion, has competed in a variety of events this year. One was the Holley LS Fest held in September, in which Popp earned the title of 2013 Grand Champion by competing in a variety of racing events at the show.

The '72 Corvette has been in the Popp family for quite some time, but Popp has modified it for autocross racing. "My dad (Herb Popp) bought this Corvette over 40 years ago and I still get to drive it," he says.

The car is now powered by a Lingenfelter LS7 that that produces 550 horsepower, and is equipped with a Holley EFI system that automatically tunes the air/fuel mixture for optimum performance. " The self-tuning abilities of the Holley EFI was simply amazing," says Popp. "The parts dropped right in so easily!" The Corvette also uses Holley LS engine and fuel system components that have also helped him remain consistent, and earn some impressive wins among very tough competitors.

The finals were held at the Goodguys Southwest Nationals Event in Scottsdale, Arizona November 15th -17th, 2013. Many of Popp's competitors were SCCA veterans with national championship titles to their credit. "This was the hardest field I've ever raced," he says. "My mom and dad raised me at the track, and today we got it done!"

Popp began autocross racing at 16 years of age, and over a 27 year career, he's earned 13 SCCA and NSA championships. With a Corvette that has proven to be the top competitor in the sport, Popp's long racing career would seem like it's far from winding down.

 

 

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