Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today, it’s all about Clark Rosenstengel from Fremont, MI and his 2010 Chevy Camaro.
How did you get into drag racing?
I built a tubbed out '95 Camaro which was something I always wanted to build. I was talked into doing Hot Rod Drag Week in 2006 and I have been addicted to going faster and faster ever since.
When and where was your first race?
I tested at the old Thunderbird Raceway north of Muskegon, MI and at Mid Michigan Motorplex in Stanton, MI, but didn't really race until that first time that I did Drag Week. I have been at every one since 2006.
What model/year do you race now?
I now race a 2010 Chevy Camaro. I bought it on auction when it was totaled after it suffered an engine fire. This was my dream build. I've wanted to build one since they came out. Chubby Kid Street Cars helped out by building the 6.50 cage, but I did the rest of the body work, all the wiring, the interior, the painting, the suspension, etc. I took it down to the frame and built it from there.
Does your car have a nickname?
Everyone laughs, but I like to call it the COPO Killer because I built it like a COPO Camaro, but I can drive mine on the street.
What's under the hood?
I have a 427 LSX engine built by Steve Morris in Muskegon with twin 80mm turbos built by Bullseye and a Rossler pro mod transmission. It makes 2075 hp with 26 lbs of boost. We can go up to 30 lbs. We are hoping to run in the mid to high 7s. As of now the best time is 8.30s at 171 mph with 20 lbs of boost.
Someone you look up to in racing?
I have always admired any person that builds their own car. I don't like it when someone just pays other people to build them a car and then they take credit for the car. Most of us need help on certain parts of the car but if you can say that you got your hands dirty during the build, then you have earned respect.
If money were no object, what would you drive?
I have always wanted a Viper and my wife and I almost bought one but if money was no object at all, I would buy a Lamborghini, although I am really happy with the Camaro I just built.
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I don't necessarily have one but, I do usually say a prayer that God will keep me safe and clear headed for the 8 or so seconds it will take me to get down the track.