Photos Courtesy of Gary Lee
There’s no better way to start off a new year and a new racing season than with a new car. Florida-based racer, Gary Lee, who owns the mean, green turbocharged Camaro often driven by David Adkins, has a killer new ride in the works and is itching to get behind its wheel.
Lee spilled the beans on his new C7 Corvette in late 2017, and the Chevy is currently in the capable hands of the team at Gary Naughton Race Cars where the 25.2 chassis is being built. “It’s pretty much a twin of Joe Copson’s new car,” noted Lee, who is hoping work will be completed in time for pre-race testing in February before the 2018 NMCA season begins.
While at GNRC, Lee’s Corvette received a heartbeat courtesy of a Nelson Competition-built, billet 464 ci Alan Johnson-based engine. Twin 88mm Garrett turbochargers be will bolted on to boost the C7 into the stratosphere, while a FuelTech FT600 engine management system will help keep everything under control.
To complete the powertrain, Lee has chosen to run top components and has selected a Turbo 400 transmission from M&M Transmission along with a ProTorque EV1 converter.
“Gary Naughton also did the four-link suspension setup, and the shocks up front are from Santhuff while the rears are from Menscer Motorsports,” added Lee. “I am really excited about this build, because we’ve invested a lot into making sure it’s going to be a really capable machine and can’t wait to see how it does once it’s out there running.”
Once the Gary Naughton crew gives Lee’s C7 their final seal of approval, a set of Mickey Thompson 315 drag radials will be bolted on to the car’s Weld Racing wheels, and Lee will kick things off by campaigning the car in the NMCA Mickey Thompson Radial Wars class for the season.