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Unlimited runners – Lutz, Larson, Bailey, etc., have stepped up their programs and Persico’s combination is a little outdated but still very impressive and competitive.
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.
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.