Drag And Drive Madness: Sick Week 2022 Coverage

Sick Week 2022 is here and it’s infecting Florida and Georgia with some Drag and Drive insanity. There’s an epic amount of badass cars ready to kick off the week at Bradenton Motorsports Park. We’re locked and loaded for the entire week and will bring you some unique coverage of Sick Week 2022. Make sure to check out our photo gallery as we update it after each day of racing and driving.

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Day 1 Bradenton Motorsports Park

The Sick Week festivities kicked off today with a driver's meeting. There were 341 vehicles that successfully made it through tech and were eligible to race this week.

 

The Drag and Drive community is a tight group of racers that try to help each other on and off the track. Jeff Oppenheim is a Drag and Drive racer who lost his hearing at a young age and will be getting an expensive surgery to help with his hearing. Since Jeff is self employed it would be be a stressful time during his recovery from the surgery with no income, but that's where is fellow racers stepped up. A group of Drag And Drive racers raised over $22,000 to assist Jeff during his recovery from the surgery. When Jeff was presented with the check during Sick Week's driver's meeting he was overcome with emotions.

 

The carnage bug bit several racers right away during day 1 of Sick Week.

 

Stef Rossi's Sick Week got off to a rough start after his Nova made hard contact with the wall. According to Rossi's co-pilot Jerome Turner, a waterpump fitting failed and dumped water under the car. Considering Rossi hit the wall going over 150 MPH, the damage to the Nova wasn't that bad. After an all-day thrash Rossi and Turner got the Nova road-worthy again and kept their Sick Week journey going.

 

Both checkpoints on today's drive from Bradenton to Orlando were hopping with activity all day.

Drag and Drive events have a global fanbase. These folks made the trip from the UK to check out Sick Week.

 

The big news from day one is that both Tom Baily and Dave Schroeder have both been forced to drop out of Sick Week due to mechanical issues.

Day 2 Orlando Speed World Dragway

Mother nature got the round win on day two of Sick Week. The dreadful weather forecast forced the event officials to cancel racing for the day. Sick Week participants still had to stop by the track before they began their journey to Gainesville for day 3.

 

There may not have been any racing at Orlando today, but that didn’t stop fans from coming out to check out the cars.

 

Racer's still had to visit each checkpoint today even in the rain. Remeber, each vehicle that participates in Sick Week is a street car and is treated as such...

 

KSR Performance And Fabrication opened its doors to Sick Week racers who made it to Gainesville. Several participants took advantage of KSR's lift, while others decided to make some horsepower clouds in front of the shop.

Day 3 Gainesville Raceway

Mother Nature wasn't done throwing curve balls at Sick Week racers just yet. Racing on day three was delayed over an hour thanks to the fog and wet conditions.

 

After the weather issues on day two, and the start of day three, all the racers of Sick Week were more than ready to start making laps down the track.

 

Alex Taylor had a little bit of a scare today on her first pass. A transmission cooler line failed towards the top end causing fluid to spray inside the car. Thankfully, Taylor was able to get the car stopped safely and was able to get the line replaced.

At the first checkpoint we ran into a racer that was having some trailer troubles. After a quick Google search, his co-driver found a Tractor Supply that was close by and they were able to get back on the road in a reasonable amount of time.

 

Day 4 South Georgia Motorsports Park

Day four of Sick Week was a make or break affair for many of the racers who were in contention to win a class. If they were going to make a move, it had to happen at SGMP.

 

Mike "Buckmaster" Pryka had a run in with some local wildlife behind the wheel of his dad's Nova on the way to SGMP. The father/son duo did some quick roadside bodywork and made it to the track for day four.

 

Stefan Gustafsson and his co-pilot Eric Yost are still leading the Unlimited class here at Sick Week. Gustafsson uncorked another six second pass today and is in good shape heading into the final day at Bradenton.

 

There was only one checkpoint for day four of Sick Week and it was at the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing. Racers and fans got to check out the museum before hitting the road for the last time this week.

Day 5 Bradenton Motorsports Park

After four brutal days on the road Sick Week racers had to survive one final day of racing at Bradenton Motorsports Park.

 

At this point in the week, many Sick Week racers have abandoned wrenches and gone straight to power tools so they could finish racing. In this case, a sawzaw is being used to remove a stubborn bolt…

 

Sick Week has been one heck of a journey for Stefan Rossi after crashing his Nova. It was awesome to see Rossi finish the event with his wounded machine.

 

Stefan Gustafsson and Eric Yost wrapped up the Sick Week Unlimited Class title at Bradenton Motorsports Park. After five days of racing Gustafsson's Corvette posted a 6.723 ET average and along with a 217.48 MPH average. That's impressive for a big block Chevy that drove nearly 1,000 miles in all kinds of condtions.

 

Tom Bailey and his Sick Week team went all out with the hardware that was presented to the racers during the awards ceremony.

 

 

About the author

Brian Wagner

Spending his childhood at different race tracks around Ohio with his family’s 1967 Nova, Brian developed a true love for drag racing. When Brian is not writing, you can find him at the track as a crew chief, doing freelance photography, or beating on his nitrous-fed 2000 Trans Am.
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