Grand Bend, Ontario (August 31, 2013) – For Rocky Di Lecce, the 2013 Pro Modified Racing Association season has been a storybook year, with the Mississauga, Ontario Pro Modified driver winning his first PMRA championship.
“I’m certainly happy with my year,” said Di Lecce, who has driven his 1968 Chevy Camaro to five wins in PMRA competition in 2013. “It has definitely been a good year.”
Qualifying number one for several events, and with strong passes dipping into the five-second range at speeds of over 240 mph, Di Lecce displayed a consistency that has kept him at the forefront. Coming into the final points race at Grand Bend, the Thunder by the Beach Weekend he has amassed enough points just showing up to win the title.
A former OSCA and Outlaw 10.5 racer and champion, Di Lecce started with the PMRA last season, and after a short learning curve in the ex-Roger Burgess car driven by NHRA Pro Modified and Funny Car star Melanie Troxel, he won the first four PMRA events on 2013.
The Camaro is powered by a 526-cubic inch Brad Anderson (BAE) Supercharged Hemi in the Tim McAmis Race Cars with a Waterman Racing Components Inc. fuel system and Kobelco supercharger, and this power is conveyed through a Lenco Drive transmission.
Di Lecce, who has raced for 25 years, said he believes his experience driving the 10.5 car gave him a good basis with his Pro Modified and helped him with his year.
“I think driving the 10.5 car had a lot to do with my success this year,” he said. “The two cars are almost the same in getting down the track.”
Di Lecce was quick to thank the crew on the Metro Infrastructure Inc. team, which includes crew chief Angelo Aceto along with Emilio Aceto, Kevin Cooper, Tony Presto, Michael Aceto, Rob Cesario and Nadia Di Lecce. He also wanted to thank Pro Modified engine guru Al Billes and Hutch’s Transmissions for their help.
Di Lecce will try to make it six wins this season as he prepares for the seventh of eight PMRA events this year, and the final points race of the season over the weekend. Qualifying continues Saturday August 31, with eliminations to take place Sunday, September 1.
For information about the Thunder by the Beach Weekend at the Grand Bend Motorplex, call (519) 238-7223, visit www.grandbendmotorplex.com
The Pro Modified Racing Association, www.PMRA.ca competes with its two companion series, the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, www.Quick32.ca and the Pro Bike & Sled Series, www.PBSS.ca travel and compete together throughout the racing season, offering an exciting and diverse package of drag racing action.
For more information, please contact:
Bruce F. Mehlenbacher/ Director of Operations
Telephone: (905) 772-1800 Ext. #22
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Tim Miller/ Media Director
Telephone: (905) 870-1456