Induction Solutions Provides A Punch To Street Legal ’69 Camaro

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As a car enthusiast, one thing we all look for is horsepower. There are many ways to achieve this so-called “drug” to gearheads – cubic inches, turbochargers, superchargers and nitrous oxide. Dave Persico’s stunning 1969 Chevrolet Camaro combines massive cubic inches and three stages of Steve Johnson’s Induction Solutions nitrous oxide to set the stage for one fast hot rod. Oh, did I mention that this isn’t a full blown race car? Welcome to the exciting world of Drag Week.

Persico, a former Pro Modified racer, began this build back in 2005 to compete in the ever-popular Drag Week, a week-long venture driving across the United States, stopping at race tracks along the way to compete and post the quickest average amongst all the competitors to emerge victorious. After wrapping up the build, many of the Unlimited runners – Lutz, Larson, Bailey, etc., have stepped up their programs and Persico’s combination is a little outdated but still very impressive and competitive.

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With the front cap removed, you can admire the craftsmanship of the build and 706 Cubic Inches of Sonny Leonard horsepower, capped off with the Induction Solutions nitrous oxide setup beside twin Split Dominators.

Under the sleek red paint scheme sits a Sonny Leonard-built, 706 cubic inch beast with three stages of Steve Johnson’s Induction Solutions nitrous oxide to add a little kick. Steve designed two direct port systems, as well as a Punisher Plenum system to bring his long-time friend one of the best systems to date. All three systems are precisely tuned and all feature jets smaller than a 32 jet. In Steve’s words, “Dave has already gone 7.61 at 183 mph with the ‘girlie’ tune loaded in. We look forward to turning it loose in the cool, fall weather to see what the car will run out the back door.”

The gorgeous Camaro platform is an SFI 25.2 built chassis, weighing in at over 3,200 lbs., and featuring a full interior, including dual seats, power windows and AM/FM/CD stereo system. Persico took much time to go over all the fine details, including the dash board, fully loaded with gauges, all the way to the Racepak data logger mounted on the roll cage.

The luxurious, yet functional, interior is capped off with the stylish seats, dash board and door panels. Persico installed a Hurst Pistol Grip shifter to ensure smooth gear changes.

Dave drives the car regularly, pushing out a surprising 11 MPG on the highway and 4 MPG through the city streets. Dave writes, “Thanks to Steve and the team at Induction Solutions, the original eight pistons are still in the cylinders.” This is a testament to Johnson’s reliable, yet powerful, nitrous tune-up.

For more information on all of Induction Solutions products, visit their website and like their Facebook page!

About the author

Tyler Crossnoe

Tyler has been involved in motorsports from an early age, and has worked at numerous drag racing facilities and now travels the country with a track preparation consulting business. He also spends plenty of time on the racing side with his personal bracket car, and as crew member on Pharris Motorsports’ Drag Radial team. Tyler joined Dragzine in 2014 as a freelance writer.
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