The third iteration of the drag-and-drive event known as Sick Week presented by Gear Vendors Overdrive did not disappoint, as a wild array of vehicles combined with enthusiasts who were willing to test themselves and their machinery competed at four tracks and covered around 1,000 miles of street driving to see who would make it to the end of the event.
You’d be hard-pressed to find such a high concentration of racers ready to do absolutely whatever it takes for five days straight to finish an event. Performing well is the icing on the cake for the majority of entrants, and that is evident by the relaxed atmosphere of the daily track experience that has more of a test-and-tune or street-race vibe.
For 2024, the racing schedule kicked off at Orlando Speed World Dragway, then traveled south to Bradenton Motorsports Park, after which racers began their trek north to Gainesville Raceway and South Georgia Motorsports Park, followed by a return to Orlando for the final day of the event and the awards presentation.
Attrition is an expected and regular occurrence during drag-and-drive events, and Sick Week is no exception. Leading the Unlimited class on Day one was Jeff Lutz, who found time away from filming Street Outlaws shows to return to drag-and-drive with his refreshed Mad Max Camaro. He quickly set the pace with a 6.15-second elapsed time, and was followed by Magnus Frost with a 6.28 and Stefan Gustafsson with a 7.14. Though he managed a few more 6-second runs, Lutz fought engine problems and bowed out, which left the door open for Gustafsson, who outlasted Frost and the rest of the Unlimited class and posted a 6.745-second average in his C4 Corvette for his second Sick Week class win.
Following the Unlimited class is Unlimited Iron, and Bryant Goldstone’s AMC Javelin delivered a 6.519-second average for the class win over Alex Taylor, who finished the event with her first 6-second average at 6.971, and her first speed average over 200 mph, at 209.28 behind the wheel of her ’55 Chevy 210.
While calling the on-track racing took up most of his time, event announcer Derek Putnam was also tasked with officiating the first Sick Week wedding. Houston and Kate McClain attended their first ever drag-and-drive event last year at Sick Week and decided to tie the knot at the christmas tree during the 2024 event and then compete in the Street Race 275 class with their 2014 Mustang GT.
Getting back to the racing action, it was hard to miss Brett LaSala’s staggering and record-breaking runs behind the wheel of his Snot Rocket 2.0 Mustang. The turbocharged machine laid waste to the Modified class, reset the drag-and-drive radial tire record three times, setting the new bar at 6.26 seconds, collected a 6.34-second five-day average for the Modified class win, and took home the Quickest Overall Average award in the process, besting the fields of Pro Mods and back-halved cars.
In near bracket-like fashion, Glenn Hunter and his 1956 Chevy posted a 7.27, 7.38, 7.28, 7.13, and 7.29 for a 7.27-second average and the class win in the Pro Street category over Kelly Harvey, who came back from a road-side fire last year to finish all five days in his 1965 Corvette with a 7.76 average.
Arguably one of the toughest classes to win at Sick Week is the Street Race 275 category, and the top eight cars were separated by little over a tenth of a second. Redefining drag-and-drive a few years back with a wild trek that circled the United States, Randy Seward secured the class win in his twin-turbo, Fox-Body Mustang with an 8.512-second average, which was just two hundredths quicker than second-place finisher James Taal in his Corvette.
This is just a small taste of what happens at Sick Week, and we want to congratulate the class winners as well as all those who faced the challenges of the event and finished Sick Week 2024.
You can check out all of the detailed results by clicking HERE.