Car of the Week: Couples Edition featuring Steve and Nanette Place

Car of the Week: Couples Edition featuring Steve and Nanette Place

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. This week we are featuring another one of our racing couples, Steve and Nanette Place, a husband and wife team from Springdale, Arkansas who race a 1992 Corvette.
 
Racers names:
Steve and Nanette Place
 
Location:
Springdale, Arkansas
 
Where did you first meet?
We met in a martial arts class.
 
Who raced first?
Steve raced first.
 
Which car(s) do you drive (make/model/year)?
A 1992 Jerry Bickel Pro/Mod Corvette
 
What's under the hood?
A blown & injected 548 BBC engine.
 
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
We have a BTE Transmission and Torque Converter.
 
Do you race your own individual cars, or share?
We just race the Corvette - I drive on the track while Nanette drives down the return road.
 
How do you race together?
I am the driver while Nanette is the Co-Crew Chief and handles all the non-driving support activities including computer, parachutes, strapping Steve in and guiding him back after the burn-out. We just like to have fun and make a LOT of noise.
 
How do you complement each other while racing?
It’s all in the eye contact.  We each know what has to be done to get down the track.  Nanette knows when I need to chill and when I need to get pumped up.   She knows that I trust her with my life by her packing the parachutes.   Nanette developed two distinct ways of packing the parachutes; one method results in a nice soft opening.  The other, opens so hard it bruises my collar bones, usually after a disagreement in the pits...
 
What does one partner do that enhances or works together with the other?
I work on timing and power management issues for the track conditions while Nanette reads the plugs and appraises me of any changes that might alter the set-up.  Nanette also keeps an eye out for loose  bolts, fittings, etc.  She once heard an injector line spraying over the sound of the engine running!     
 
Do you ever race against each other?
Only to the snack bar!
 
Do you share the pot when one of you wins?
Of course.
 
What's your strategy for staying a team? How do you support each other, win or lose?
Without each other, there is no team.  We both know the car takes more than one person to run at the track.   Between her and Shinook Auto Machine Shop, we've got a pretty good thing going. We all support each other.  Win or lose, there's really no bad days at the drag strip.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at 9:15 AM