The level of competition at the top of the Pro 275 class continues to grow, and that has driven numerous racers to step up their programs. Michigan-based racer James Miron has aspirations to be one of the best in the class, so he’s spent the offseason totally revamping his program. Miron’s stunning 1968 Camaro will be powered by a Pro Line HEMI and ProCharger supercharger in 2022.
Miron’s Race Car Specialties-built Camaro has been powered by a big 959 cubic-inch Reher & Morrison Racing Engines mill for several years and it showed a lot of potential. The Camaro made plenty of power thanks to its Switzer Dynamics nitrous system, but not enough to keep up with the Pro 275 class as it evolved.
Racing a nitrous car at a high level isn’t an easy task and Miron saw the writing on the wall, so he decided it was time for a change.
“We did okay with the nitrous combination, but we also struggled at times with the fuel maps. I sold that engine because it can be hard to get people to help at the track with fuel management and maintenance. A nitrous car takes a lot of work to turn around in between rounds so the lack of help hurt. Those factors, along with the rules, are what made me decide to switch over to a HEMI with a ProCharger,” Miron says.
The Camaro now sports a 548 cubic-inch HEMI between its fenders that receives boost from an F3-140 supercharger from ProCharger. Miron purchased the entire package from Pro Line, including a ProCharger geardrive to spin the blower. Race Car Specialties fabricated a custom set of headers with materials from Wolf Aircraft Products for the new engine. Michael Bunton wired the Camaro using all new electronics from FuelTech. A Rossler Transmissions three-speed TH400 lockup transmission and billet torque converter from Neal Chance Racing Converters will work with the engine package.
A massive combination change like this can be a difficult process, but things have gone well for Miron thanks to the companies he partnered with.
“Joe Peters and the team at Race Car Specialties did an outstanding job changing the car over to work with this new engine and blower. FuelTech’s tech support has been amazing during this process. I’d call them up and they would answer any question I had about what we were trying to do. Pro Line and ProCharger were super easy to deal with…they helped make sure we had everything required to finish the build,” Miron explains.
The changes that Miron made to the Camaro have all been done in the name of gaining a bigger competitive edge. Miron plans on debuting the fresh build at the U.S. Street Nationals next week.
“The car weighs 2,440 pounds with me in it — that’s great because we have to weigh 2,750 pounds for the class, so I have room to move weight around as needed. I made the switch so I could run at the front of the class. The old combination was running in the lower 3.80s, and with this combination I’m trying to be realistic with my goals, so I’d like to see 3.74 or 3.75,” Miron says.
The Pro 275 class is trending towards being the premier radial tire class thanks to all the great racers that call it home. Miron’s combination change has the potential to make him one of the top contenders in the class for 2022 and beyond.