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If your not on the edge, you're taking up space

If your not on the edge, you're taking up space

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We wish to thank Katch Environmental for sponsoring Team Pantera Racing in this year's Sandhills Open Road Challenge and Silver State Classic Challenge.  This marks their fourth year of sponsorship.

2013 Sponsors PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 22 August 2013 18:11

Team Pantera Racing is proud to announce our 2013 sponsors ahead of the upcoming Silver State Classic Challenge:







Russ Fulps Race Engine & BL Machine Works

Last Updated on Monday, 09 September 2013 13:29
2013 NORC Results PDF Print E-mail
Written by Asa Jay Laughton   
Saturday, 25 May 2013 15:24

The 2013 Nevada Open Road Challenge (NORC) was attended by Mark (The Professor) Skwarek and Dennis (Mad Dawg) Antenucci.  The Dawg has been shuttling around with a new contract job and wasn't able to bring his Pantera for this event.  This may have been the first event Dennis has missed in many years, but he still managed to attend and play pit-crew for Mark who was ready an rearin' to go.  This illustrates the enthusiasm Dennis carries and tries to foster among those Pantera owners who wish to race in Open Road events such as this.

Mark ready to go, heading to NORC

Mark entered the 125 class this year and finished with an average of 118.51 due to a small engine problem during the race.  It seem he lost an oil breather on one of the valve covers.  Driving at speed to average 125 caused so much oil fog that Mark had to drop it down a notch and reduce the oil blowing out.  At the lower speed he wasn't causing a hazard on course and was still able to finish the entire 90 mile course.

Mark on course at speed

With this successful run Mark can again move up in classes.  He's already beginning to talk about taking on the Unlimited division in the near future.

More photos can be seen in the Gallery.
Good Job Mark!

Last Updated on Friday, 12 July 2013 15:01
2012 Silver State Finishers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 12:14

It was 25 years in the making and it all came off without a hitch.  2012 was the 25th Anniversary running of the Silver State Classic Challenge open road race.  Team Pantera racing had a strong attendance at this year's event, with five members either driving or supporting.  Two TPR veterans and one rookie successfully entered and completed the race, each in their own speed class.

For Dennis "Mad Dog" Antenucci, this years event was one to remember.  If not for the valiant attempt to repeat the most Panteras ever entered, but for the team spirit of everyone present who managed to come and put forth an effort.  Rich Hoppe returned this year sporting a different Pantera; the original Round Table Pizza race car, re-imagined and re-engineered into a formidable powerhouse of a Pantera.  John Bentley returned for a stab at the silver plate as well.  New this year was Asa Jay Laughton, who had been trying for the last four years to make the race.

John trailered his Pantera behind Team Pantera Racing Cafe' Finito, a large motorhome that served as TPR headquarters in the back lot of Hotel Nevada for the duration of the event.  In addition, Peter Menyhart came to support the team while his Pantera is being reconstructed at home.  Peter's help was welcome when John discovered he needed a new alternator and regulator in order to keep the Pantera running.  In an unfortunate turn of events during tech inspection however, John was disqualified due to over-age tires.  The unfortunate turn was that he had purchased the tires only two years prior but hadn't noticed the date codes were already six years old.  There's a lesson in there about requiring the vendor to check dates codes before they ship them to you.

Dennis decided to enter a slower class in order to take time and enjoy the scenery.  Even in the 135 MPH class though, he couldn't resist pushing the envelope, finishing at just over 140 and feeling comfortable in doing so.  Meanwhile Rich Hoppe and the Round Table Pizza Pantera entered the 140 MPH class and finished just over 136 MPH, proving once again, Dennis was top Dog.

The rookie, Asa Laughton, was limited to the Touring class, and chose 105 MPH with fewer entrants.  He was tentative about driving the 90 mile course flat out at 105 and was receptive to all the advice from all the Veterans who really looked out for him on his first time out.  After months of preparation and only a couple days of final checks and sage advice, Asa finished with an average just over 108 MPH.  He said later he was just so excited about how well the car was running at high speed, he forgot all about the plan to keep it down to just around 106.

With all smiles after the race, the team made their way to Las Vegas for the banquet.  Being the 25th Anniversary running of the race, Silver State Classic Challenge Inc. pulled out all the stops.  They held the banquet in the large showroom at Sam's Town.  There was video playing, slide-shows, various speakers and of course, the awards.  It was a great celebration of both the event and the racers who run it.

Check out the Gallery for photos of the event.

Finish Results:

Driver Target MPH Average MPH MPH Variance Time Variance* High Trap MPH
 Rich Hoppe  140  136.8345  3.1655  53.5378 146.2
 Dennis Antenucci  135  140.3822  5.3822  92.0151 147.7
 Asa Jay Laughton  105  108.8249  3.8249  108.4549 118.9

*note:  Time Variance is in seconds

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 November 2012 16:37
2012 SORC Finishers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Radefeld   
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 20:18
Okay DaWgY and fellow ORR's, we had an unbelievably FUN time at the Sandhills Open Road Challenge. All of our group finished the race with no problems this year which is what we always shoot for. Taking a plaque is only secondary to having as much FUN as possible, so, here's how we all finished:
Rowdy............ 16th in the 90 mph class out of 19 cars, in the Pantera
Budly............. 14th in the 90 mph class out of 19 cars, in his Pantera
Godfather....... 18th in the 95 mph class out of 19 cars, in mommys Porsche yet AGAIN!!!)
Mark & Jim...... 13th in the 110 mph class out of 19 cars, in a 2005 Noble
Check out the photos in the Gallery.
Here's a link to TV station coverage of the race.


Here are the official results:

Name Target Speed North MPH North Time South MPH South Time
Bud Hower 90MPH 90.376 19:03.230 88.792 17:58.477
Bob Radefeld 90MPH 90.891 18:56.744 90.633 17:36.567
Frank Cirrincione 95MPH 100.398 17:09.102 100.347 15:54.285
Jim Wallace 110MPH 107.997 15:56.693
Mark Skwarek 110MPH 110.227 14:28.749
You can read more about Team Pantera Racing adventures at the Sandhills Open Road Challenge in the 2010 No. 4 issue of the POCA magazine Profiles.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 November 2012 16:37
SORC 2012 Lineup PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Saturday, 04 August 2012 22:01
Where are our manners?

Once again, Team Pantera Racing members from the midwest are heading to the Sandhills Open Road Challenge.  This year we have three members committed to go and we wish them all the luck in the world.

The Sandhills Open Road Challenge is one of the best Open Road Races there is.  It's a two-stage, there and back again race with an intermission between the two legs of the course.  Plenty of twists and straight open road... and unforgiving ditches on either side.  Many drivers claim this race to have some of the most beautiful scenery of any open road race in America today.

The town of Arnold Nebraska has benefit from this race so much in years past, they are very happy and very helpful in hosting the race each year.  Most townsfolk come out to help with tech, put decals on cars, put on a parade and barbecues.  Since there are no hotels in Arnold, they even open up their homes to host the drivers for the event.  It's all around a great time.

Wish our drivers luck.


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