- Oct 27, 2020
- Ventura County, California
- 2004 Z06
Being an occasional weekend racer myself, every now and then a Corvette pops up for sale with an interesting pedigree that gives me those warm fuzzies. This SCCA GT1 Race Car is one of those Corvettes!
John "Heinrocket" Heinricy - The Man Behind Corvette Ride and Handling DynamicsNot many people may remember John Heinricy, but he was the man behind bringing the Corvette back to its competitive ways.
He worked for many years as the manager of the Corvette Development Group at GM's Milford Proving Ground and eventually became the Corvette Assistant Chief Engineer in 1990. During that time, he focused on vehicle handling and dynamics and helped make the Corvette a credible force against the competition both on and off the race track.
A co-worker gave him the nickname of "Heinrocket" because he became well-known for setting some incredibly quick lap times and qualifying times during competitive practice sessions.
He also played a key role in the development of some of GM's highest performance vehicles such as the Camaro, Firebird and Cadillac CTS-V and contributed to the development of the 1999 Corvette C5-R race car which was GM's return to a factory-backed racing effort.
That's where this really sweet C5 Corvette SCCA GT1 race car comes in!
It was built for SCCA GT1 competition and driven by John Heinricy for the Exsys-Eppinger team between 2015 and 2017.
This exact car is now listed for sale on the Bring A Trailer website. While an official log book isn't mentioned in the listing, we were able to find a historical photo of the car being raced by John:
Five-time winner John Heinricy # 97 Corvette was a would-be contender in the much anticipated GT-1 race against Stewart Bachmann # 68 Camaro and Michael Lewis # 12 Jaguar XJR (Mustang bodied) but suffered driveline problems in practice that could not be repaired in time for the race.
From the listing:
This Chevrolet Corvette is a custom tube-frame race car equipped with a C5-style fiberglass body, and it was built for SCCA GT1 competition and was driven by John Heinricy for the Exsys-Eppinger team between 2015 and 2017. Power is provided by an Advanced Engine Concepts 358ci V8 paired with a SAENZ five-speed sequential transmission, and features include a front splitter, plexiglass front and rear windows, an adjustable rear spoiler, a roll cage, an onboard fire-suppression system, and a Kirkey Racing seat. Additional equipment includes four-wheel disc brakes with a brake bias adjustment knob, multi-piece BBS racing wheels, and a pushrod-style suspension system with inboard adjustable coilovers. Spare parts that will accompany the car include a Hewland ST-030 gearbox assembly, an assortment of spare transmission gears, spare clutch discs, a spare bellhousing, and additional wheel hoops and centers, and the battery and fluids were replaced in preparation for the sale. This Corvette GT1 race car is now offered by the selling dealer in Virginia on behalf of the charitable organization Racing For Heroes with a bill of sale.
While it may look raw and crude, it's a Corvette race car and I'm willing to bet that it's one hell of a blast to drive on a track!
If you're looking for a weekend track toy, head on over to the Bring a Trailer website for all the juicy photos and details. Remember, it's listed for sale on behalf of a charitable organization: Racing For Heroes!
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