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 Gary DeVito from New York, who owns and races a 1968 Chevy Camaro.
How did you get into drag racing?
I wasn't into physical sports like football and basketball but I love to compete so was drawn to driving.
When and where was your first race?
First legal race was at Lebanon Valley Dragway in 1985.
What model/year do you race now?
1968 Chevy Camaro
Does your car have a nickname?
A lot of people call it a lot of names.
What's under the hood?
388ci LSX with Twin Billet 76mm turbos
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
Top Sportsman powerglide
Why do you use BTE?
Great customer service and very dependable.
Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
My car is mainly a street car that I race from time to time against friends and local fastest street car events. My previous combo was a 750 hp big block Chevy with another brand TH400. I was constantly having issues breaking the TH400 and I was wasting a lot of the season down fixing issues. I switched to the BTE glide when I went to the twin turbo LS engine and have raced it 3 seasons now (only maintenance checking band adjustment) with ZERO issues!
Someone you look up to in racing?
If money were no object, what would you drive?
A brand new but fully built Z07 Corvette.
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I take a couple of deep breaths and check to make sure all my switches are on. When I get to the line I double check that my shifter is back in first gear. Pre-stage, bump in and GO!