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K&N's Dominic and Giovanni Scelzi and New Pace Chassis a Winning Combination

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Both Dominic and Giovanni have nothing but high praise for their new cars. Dominic feels can lead races now driving at less than his usual 120-percent.
Both Dominic and Giovanni have nothing but high praise for their new cars. Dominic feels can lead races now driving at less than his usual 120-percent.
The last time Gary Scelzi Motorsports raced at Plaza Park Raceway in Visalia, California, Giovanni "Hot Sauce" Scelzi ran his new Pace chassis. This is Giovanni's rookie season in the Restricted 600 Class, and older brother, Dominic's second year in the same class. By every indication both boys really love their new cars.
NHRA legend Gary Scelzi says he’s very happy and confident with his decision to switch to the new Pace Chassis.
NHRA legend Gary Scelzi says he’s very happy and confident with his decision to switch to the new Pace Chassis.


Giovanni kicked it off by setting the fast time. He started fourth in his heat race, finishing third, then won the trophy dash, and led all 30-laps of the Outlaw Nationals. "It was Giovanni first win in the restricted class, and to our amazement he even showed some emotion and got excited, even jumping up and down," commented Gary, Giovanni's dad and arguably one of the most dominant NHRA Top Fuel drag racers of all time.

Dominic showed his continuing appreciation for his new car as well, starting fourth in his heat race and finishing second, also winning his trophy dash, and leading the main until a broken rod took him out of contention.
Gary says Giovanni only appears shy when the helmet comes off, on the track that all changes.
Gary says Giovanni only appears shy when the helmet comes off, on the track that all changes.


"We have always run PMP chassis out of Fresno, but recently a chassis builder from Visalia, called Pace Chassis, built a new car that is really good on dry, slick race tracks," explains Gary. "No matter what we did to our PMP chassis we could not get them to handle on dry, slick race tracks. So, we switched to Pace Chassis a month ago. So far the chassis switch has paid off big!"
Dominic currently leads both Restricted 600 Classes at Visalia and Lemoore race tracks, and with a real shot at winning both championships.
Dominic currently leads both Restricted 600 Classes at Visalia and Lemoore race tracks, and with a real shot at winning both championships.


"Giovanni is not very excitable, but he was very happy to win," Gary said, "Giovanni is very shy until he puts his helmet on. But, he did say that the new car turns itself, and he can it put anywhere on the race track that he wants."

"Dominic's review of his new car was that it handles like a Ferrari. He said that with his old car, he had to drive it a 120-percent to keep up with the pack, and with the new car, he can lead the race driving at 80-percent. Which tells me that I made the right chose with the chassis change. We have also put on Factory Kahne shocks, which I feel are an unfair advantage, just like the K&N products we use," says Gary jokingly.

At this point in the 2011 season Dominic is just a few points out of the lead at both the Visalia and Lemoore race tracks, and he has a realistic shot at both championships. Giovanni is in second place at one track (only few points behind the leader), and in fourth at the other. He too has a chance at winning the championship, and as a rookie in the Restricted 600 Class.

"Tomorrow morning we are leaving for Pismo Beach for a family vacation, and no racing," Gary adds "And dad's going to love it!"

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