Inside, the car retains its stock instruments and factory carpet on the driver side to reduce cockpit heat. A full rollcage strengthens the chassis and protects the driver. The dry-sump oiling system was also moved into the passenger compartment for better weight balance. Race-ready, the car tips the scales at a hefty (for a race car) 3,300 pounds.

Races were held Saturday and Sunday for the eight STO entries, with 34 starters taking the green flag for both races. (STO runs in Group Six, which includes six other classes.) Onks qualified second in STO behind a full-race FIA GT3 BMW and ahead of a Ferrari 430 and a Viper coupe. He finished Third in both races after a hard-fought battle with the Ferrari and the BMW.

“I’m happy with the Corvette’s performance in the first races of the season,” he said afterwards. “We will continue to make changes to get the car more competitive so we can win the championship.” Based on what we saw, it’s clear that Jerry Onks has an excellent chance of bringing home the gold for Corvette in 2011.