Ken Quartuccio doesn’t mess around when it comes to his race cars — each one has been a mechanical marvel built with the best parts available. His newest ride, a 1969 ProCharged Camaro, is a slick tire and radial tire dual-threat machine that’s making its debut this weekend at the Outlaw Street Car Reunion. The Camaro is already making strong passes on both slicks and radials with more e.t. ready to be unleashed.
The story behind Quartuccio’s new Camaro is a bit different than most of his builds…he didn’t commission this build from the start, he just found it and decided to have the car finished.
“I had the Mustang that we were racing in Radial vs The World, but I knew from the start I was never going to keep that car because I’m a Chevy guy and I got a good deal on it. I was looking around on the internet and there was a guy who lived by me that had a car at Tim McAmis Race Cars that he needed to get rid of to free up some money. McAmis only built the chassis and mounted the body on the car. I made a deal with the guy, bought the car, and shipped it to Skinny Kid Race Cars to have it finished. Honestly, I wasn’t sure if I was just going to flip the car or race it, but after it started coming together I fell in love with it,” Quartuccio says.
The new Camaro is Quartuccio’s first foray into the world of supercharged racecars; he had never driven a Pro Mod on slicks or a car with a ProCharger before Monday. Quartuccio says the switch to a supercharger is thanks to Steve Petty, who has been telling him to move away from turbos for some time. Quartuccio worked with Eric Dillard, Jamie Miller, and the team at Pro Line to put together a Hemi-based ProCharger package for the Camaro.
The Camaro relies on parts from M&M Transmission, Menscer Motorsports, Carmack Engineering, and FuelTech. Quartuccio left the parts selection to his tuner, Miller, once again, as he has for all his other builds. So far that decision has paid off, with the Camaro running a best of 3.67 in testing. Quartuccio thinks the car should run consistently in the low 3.60s after they get it dialed in.
Quartuccio plans on putting plenty of passes on the Camaro very soon — his team is going to run North East Pro Modified Association events, participate in the PDRA Pro Boost class, and will head to the Yellow Bullet Nationals to compete in Pro Mod. This fall when the weather cools down, Quartuccio will bolt the radials back on the Camaro and hit up No Mercy at South Georgia Motorsports Park.