Car of the Week: Dan Simmerly and Ricky Richardson's 1962 Pontiac Catalina Chassis

Car of the Week: Dan Simmerly and Ricky Richardson's 1962 Pontiac Catalina Chassis

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, we're featuring a 1962 Pontiac Catalina Chassis car from owner/driver Dan Simmerly and co-owner Ricky Richardson, hailing from Bourbon, MO.
 
How did you get into drag racing?
I started drag racing on the street when I was 14, in 1972. I’m 59 years old now.
 
When and where was your first race?
My first race on a drag strip was Sullivan Raceway in Sullivan, MO in 1974.
 
What model/year do you race now?
We now have a 1962 Pontiac Catalina Chassis car, steel top and rear quarters.
 
Does your car have a nickname?
“Fast Cat”
 
What's under the hood?
This year we upgraded to a BBC 632 Alcohol Injected 12-1300 HP NA + fogger system. Last year we ran an All Alum BBC 580 ci on pump gas with Nitrous.
 
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
We run a BTE Sportsman Powerglide with a 10” BTE converter.
 
Why do you use BTE?
I did the research on transmissions and converters and talked with several other racing friends who run BTE products. We decided BTE was the toughest and best choice for our car.
 
Someone you look up to in racing?
Ron Capps
 
If money were no object, what would you drive?
Outlaw Pro Mod
 
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I always walk the first 100 feet of the track and check both lanes first thing, no matter what track or how many times I’ve been there.
 
New plans for this year?
This year we are concentrating on mostly No Prep, Grudge/Heads up racing rather than bracket racing.
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