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There’s been a lot of news recently about many of the NMCA Edelbrock Xtreme Street drivers swapping over to ProCharger and VP Racing Fuels M1 methanol setups. Lately, BTR Performance’s namesake Bill Trovato had been included in that hearsay, but he recently confirmed his plans for the coming season.
Trovato had been toying with the idea of swapping his nitrous oxide-assisted 2010 Camaro over to a boosted setup, that was before he headed on out to Las Vegas for the 2017 Street Car Super Nationals race in November. There, Trovato assisted his good friend, James Lawrence of Power Automedia fame, with his supercharged “Project Evil 8.5” 1993 Ford Mustang and made a decision about where he wanted to go with his own combination.
“I’m pretty confident that I’m not going to change the Camaro over,” asserted Trovato, who came to the conclusion that it would probably be cheaper to build a whole new car than to convert his. “I’m going to leave the car as it is, because if I decide to put a better part on it somewhere, it will snowball. If I change the heads, I’ll have to change the valve train, the pistons, the intake… and I don’t have time to work on my own stuff!”
Currently, the New York-based racer’s fifth gen Camaro features a BTR-built 440 ci LSX engine based on an aluminum Dart block coupled to a two-speed TH400 from RPM Transmission. He competes in both NMCA’s Edelbrock Xtreme Street and Holley EFI Real Street over in the Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series. Crew chief, David Mitchell, and invaluable crewman, John Costello, who is always right there alongside Trovato and ready to work, spearhead his team.
Rumor has it, though, that Lawrence has tapped Trovato to drive the DragZine.com Fox-body Mustang so that Lawrence can focus on his Corvette instead. “I don’t know what I’m going to do. I may wind up racing that in Street Outlaw, and we may pit together and race both, but I’m not sure,” shared Trovato of the tentative plans that are being thrown around. “I would like to run a blower car and fuel injection, but I would most likely have to park my Camaro and I really don’t want to have to do that.”
Perhaps it’ll take a few drinks and some creative thinking at the upcoming Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show to work out a mutually beneficial arrangement for the two, or perhaps something entirely different will transpire.