CONNOLLY TO HELP KICK OFF CHARITY AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAMARO
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Jan. 17) - Cagnazzi Racing driver/crew chief Dave Connolly will participate in this week's Barrett-Jackson classic car auction at WestWorld of Scottsdale.
Connolly will drive the last 2012 COPO Camaro, the convertible car No. 69, on stage Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. to begin the bidding process. The inferno-orange Camaro is only the second convertible COPO Camaro ever built and is a special, one-off car specially designed to be auctioned at Barrett-Jackson. Proceeds of the sale of the car will go to the American Cancer Society.
"It'll be a neat deal," Connolly said. "This is a really cool car, and hopefully it gets the American Cancer Society a lot of money. I've never been to Barrett-Jackson, but I've watched it on TV and saw some of the cool cars. It'll be cool to go out there and do some looking around of some of the hot rods out there."
Connolly drove a Cagnazzi Racing COPO Camaro to a CC/SA Stock class victory at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis last summer and raced the car known as Grumpy's Toy - in honor of late NHRA legend Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins - at several NHRA events in 2012.
Chevrolet unveiled the convertible COPO Camaro last November during the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, where Connolly was honored by the carmaker for his win in the Cagnazzi COPO Camaro at Indy. Erica Enders-Stevens, for whom Connolly serves as crew chief, was also honored at the SEMA Show, and the two participated in the car's unveiling.
The convertible COPO Camaro boasts a supercharged 327-cid V-8 that puts out an NHRA-certified 550 horsepower to the rear wheels. It also carries a beefy three-speed Turbo 400 automatic transmission.
The auction of the convertible COPO Camaro is slated to be broadcast on SPEED.