Written by Ainsley Jacobs
Photography courtesy Scott Libersher, Andy Warren, and John Warren
Back in 2013, Scott Libersher and his wife, Kim, were in Reno, Nevada, for the Barrett-Jackson auction at the Hot August Nights event. Libersher, who is a die-hard classic car collector but had taken some time away from racing, took note of a ‘13 COPO Camaro that Richard Rawlings had built on his television show, Gas Monkey Garage, and before the event had ended, Libersher had taken ownership. Now, Libersher is poised to hand over driving duties of that very same car to the winningest man in NMCA history, Andy Warren.
Thanks to a blessing from his wife on that fateful day nearly six years ago, Libersher was able to get back into the sport of drag racing. Since then, he’s racked up tons of wins, championships, and plenty more COPOs. The silver Gas Monkey-built ride, though, features a naturally aspirated 427 ci engine and automatic transmission combination that pumps out plenty of power.
“I met Scott on stage during the 2017 NMCA Awards ceremony. That year, I had all six rings championship rings in my possession on my hand. He saw them and was like ‘whoa!’,” Warren recalled of how he first crossed paths with Libersher. The two developed a strong friendship and a deep respect for one another, all centered around racing, and Warren went on to earn an incredible seventh championship ring.
Andy and his brother, John Warren, started assisting Libersher with his multi-car drag racing operation mid-season in 2018 whenever they could in-between their own race rounds.
“Being small-tire/heads-up racers ourselves, we couldn’t help but brainstorm on how to make the guys quicker,” said Warren, who was hugely proud to be a part of Libersher’s successful program. “We gave them some ideas, and Scott knocked .05-seconds off his best time of the weekend after taking our advice in Indy!”
With Libersher, his son Lenny Libersher, and his son-in-law Danny Condon, all driving, he found himself short-handed.
“The Warrens started getting us staged and doing other miscellaneous things that helped contribute to us being able to race, and so we started talking. I have a lot of extra cars and asked if Andy would like to drive one,” added Libersher, who is grateful for the extra hands the Warren men are able to provide.
Currently, the plan is for the Warrens to pit with Libersher for the 2019 NMCA season, and Andy will be behind the wheel of Libersher’s Gas Monkey ’13 COPO.
“I am so honored that someone like Scott believes in us so much, that he wants me to wheel some of his race cars,” Warren shared. At first, he’ll be campaigning for Libersher in NMCA Coan Engineering Stock/Super Stock Combo, but may also cross over into NMCA LME Street King for some extra laps. Warren will also continue to campaign his own ’71 Chevy Caprice and hunt for an eighth championship in the Detroit Trueurac Nostalgia Muscle Car category.
Things very well may change, though, as Condon has a new ‘18 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet clone in the works.
“We’re aiming to have that done for March, but if not, Danny [Condon] will be driving a Chevy until the Ford is ready. Then, when Danny switches to the Ford, there may be a Holley EFI Factory Super Cars entry available for Andy [Warren],” explained Libersher of the ever-evolving and fluid plan that’s possible thanks to his massive fleet of race-ready rides. “The Gas Monkey car may even wind up for sale (hint hint), which is why I want it to be seen out racing, but it’s not a done deal and only something I’m toying with for now.”
Combining the talent and passion of the Libersher Racing team with the wealth of knowledge and experience the bracket racing Warren brothers bring to the table makes for a deadly competitive combination. And, if that isn’t enough to make fellow racers take note, there’s even a new ’19 COPO Camaro coming out for Libersher that should be ready in early 2019.