"There are other track day events, but Katech is doing something unique for a company that actually works on Corvettes," he says. "They're here, hands-on, with their customers. You get a degree of involvement that I just haven't seen before with other events."
Indeed, the small army of Katech representatives and technicians stayed busy for the two-day session, answering questions and offering advice, making suspension adjustments, and completing minor repairs. The company also invited suspension manufacturer Pfadt Race Engineering and the air-induction gurus at Halltech be on hand, to field inquiries.
"The time and resources these owners have made in their cars is significant and takes their performance to much higher levels," says Jason Harding, Katech's marketing manager. "Track Attack is our way of helping our customers make the very most of their investment and have a lot of fun doing it."
Noel Saks' ZR1 is stock, but with 638 hp, Magnetic Ride Control, and enormous carbon-ceram
Ryan Carter's track-prepped coupe was one of the few C5s on hand. Note the front splitter
A C6 Z06 leads a C5 model into one of the turns on Autobahn's 2.1-mile south course.
Participant Gary Bowler—one of the quartet of traveling track-day buddies—summed up his time at the event simply: "It was a blast."
Bowler's 2005 Chevy Corvette was one of the few cars on hand that wasn't a Z06 or ZR1, although it has been re-skinned to look like a Z06. It's been modified eight ways from Sunday, too, with the bespoke Pfadt suspension components, a modified LS2 engine, and other parts. Bowler has participated in track day events since 2006, so he straddled the line between intermediate and advanced driving groups.
"I did the first day in the intermediate group to make sure I learned the track," he says. "I also needed to see how my work on the car over the previous winter was going to perform for me."
That work included LG Motorsports dropped spindles, Pfadt spherical control-arm bearings, and Zip front and rear bumpsteer kits. The LS2 also sports ported heads, a mild cam, and a dry-sump oiling system.
Instructor Steve Landstra provides driving pointers to a participant from behind the wheel
The No. 28 C5 Z06 belongs to Don Esbjornson, an Autobahn member who served as a track inst
Neil Mendel's Z06 is prepped for serious track-day driving, with racing seats, an upgraded
"The car performed great, and the enhancements I'd made were a complete success," Bowler says. "My LS2 car was down on power compared with most of the other cars in the advanced group, but it sure made up for it with terrific handling."
Katech's marketing manager Jason Harding didn't sit on the sidelines and watch his custome
For other, less-experienced drivers, the chance to learn from professional drivers was the highlight of their experience. We overheard a participant in the paddock exclaim, "Wow. Andy Pilgrim just drove my Corvette. Talk about awesome."
That pretty much puts the Track Attack event in perfect perspective. We're looking forward to the next one. Visit www.katechengines.com for more information.