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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.

2015 SSCC Success! PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 05 October 2015 17:11

Hope against hope and with nothing more than the Grace of God, Team Pantera Racing managed to take home a first place trophy in the 120 MPH class at the 2015 running of the Silver State Classic Challenge held in Ely Nevada.  Three Panteras started and three Panteras finished.  Mark Skwarek led the pack of cats by entering the 140 MPH class, Asa Jay Laughton in the 120 and Dennis "Mad Dog" Antenucci in the 110.  It was all for fun until the awards banquet got the team excited.

The 2015 TPR entries and a fellow TPR interloper

Mark Skwarek took fourth in his class which doesn't earn a trophy but was a very respectable showing against the other finely prepared cars in his class.  Mark was pretty near the third place standing considering the spread of time differentials.  Mark's new engine and the Pantera overall ran very well and the team think's Mark will definitely return for 2016.

Mark at the finish

Newly elected Team Pantera Racing president Asa Jay Laughton was destined to take at least third place since only he and two ZO6 Corvettes were entered in the 120 MPH class.  One Corvette finished with a time variance of 1.4679 seconds and the other with 0.7346 which are both very close finishes to on-time.  However, in a surprising upset, Asa in the Racing Against Autism Pantera  finished with a time variane of 0.2731 ensuring a First Place finish.  Team Pantera Racing members and a small group of other underdog fans were elated at the win.

Asa at the finish

Mad Dog finished with a time variance of about 10 second from perfect time.... for the 115 MPH class.  Unfortunately, being in the 110 MPH class it gave him an actual time varience of 147.8224 and put him in last place.  Unphased by the loss, Dennis was simply out to have fun on course (having won a share of trophies in years past) and just happened to find his foot a little heavy.

Mad Dog at the finish

The Team was joined by Peter (The German) Menyhart from The Whitehorse Ranch, David (The Pope) Adin from Durango Colorado who showed up in the Yellow Pantera to hang out with the boys, and once again Paul from Katch Environmental.  John (JB) Bentley who drove in 2014 again brought the Team Pantera Racing headquarters RV for the duration of the event.

The 2015 Team

Not only did everything seem to go smoothly for Team Pantera Racing this year, the entire event was a great success.  Of the 95 cars that started, 94 finished.  The only DNF was in the unlimited class and only because the driver felt the engine was not performing and stopped his race.  The weather was also beautiful for all days of the event.  2015 will go down as a great year for racing in the Silver State Classic Challenge.

Check out more photos in the gallery in the following links:

http://www.teampanteraracing.com/index.php?option=com_g2bridge&view=gallery&Itemid=57&g2_itemId=6858

http://www.teampanteraracing.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=6812

 

 

Last Updated on Monday, 05 October 2015 17:56
 
2015 SORC - TPR is There PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 07 August 2015 20:10

Once again, Katch Environmental is the primary sponsor of Team Pantera Racing.  They were the primary sponsor for the team in 2014 and Team Pantera Racing is happy to have them aboard again this year; looking forward to their sponsorship and participation as crew.

For this year's Sandhill's Open Road Challenge, Team Pantera Racing is fielding four Panteras:

  • Bob Radefeld
  • Frank Cirrincione
  • Mark Skwarek
  • Bud Hower

2015 SORC Team

The team arrived safe and sound but ended up having to do a few little things before being completely race ready; however, Mark Skwarek arrived with a fresh engine that he became very pleased with after his loup-to-loup run.

  • First run - 161 MPH
  • Second run 161.7 MPH with 7,000 RPM shift point
  • Third run abandoned due to air in the clutch hydraulics
  • Car ran straight and true at 161 MPH

Mark lining up for the loup-to-loup

Bud Hower's ZF began to fail going into reverse, second and fourth prior to the parade, but with the help of Kirk Evans and Lloyd Butfoy, they got the problem solved and the car now shifts well.  Frank and Bob's car are all ready to go.  We should have more to report from the SORC TPR team later this weekend.

 
Dick Drenske Passes On PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 March 2015 20:46

It's with great sadness that Team Pantera Racing announces the passing of one of our most valued members; Dick Drenske, who succummbed to Leukemia earlier this week.  He was a great guy to be around, shoot the breeze or have dinner with.

Dick owned and raced a 600 HP Pantera for 30 years.  He was a skilled master welder and fabricator, building many roll bars and cages for TPR members still used to this day.  He also fabricated or worked on suspensions, brakes, cooling and even helped occassionaly with EFI systems.  Dick eventually retired from his engineering Vice President position at Murray Company (also know as Murray Mechanical) in Long Beach in addition to owning his own shop for 20 years.  His experience helped many TPR members over the years understand the best modifications to make to their Panteras.  In addition to participating in various racing events including open road racing, he also rode as navigator for TPR President Dennis "Mad Dog" Antenucci in the La Carrera Internacional de Ensenada in Mexico.

Dick is survived by his wife Cathy, his son Derek and daughter Christina.

He will be sorely missed.

Dick Drenske's race Pantera

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 21:10
 
2014 SSCC Recap PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 23 September 2014 18:48

Thanks to the sponsoship of Katch Environmental, Team Pantera Racing fielded one entry at the Sandhills Open Road Challenge (SORC) earlier in the year and three entries at the 2014 running of the Silver State Classic Challenge (SSCC).  Bob Radefeld was the only Pantera racer to make SORC, though the annual drawing included two others who were unable to make it.  Of those at SSCC, two finished and one was DNF due to engine trouble.  The team had a great time this year, especially with Peter Menyhart and Erik Belter coming in to support the SSCC team in their efforts.

Mark Skwarek, Dennis Antenucci and John Bentley brought their Panteras to drive in this year's SSCC event:

Mark trailered his Pantera from the state of Connecticut all the way to Ely Nevada to run a brand new engine on course for the first time.  This was the second time Mark has driven the SSCC course.  Mark finished successfully in the 140 class, though he had to slow down near the end due to fuel delivery problems that cropped up late in the run.

John Bentley was joined by Erik Belter and Asa Jay Laughton in San Jose for the trek to Ely.  Asa would be running as John's navigator while Erik provided team support overall, including mechanical assistance with various minor problems that cropped up.  John and Asa had a good run started when John noticed oil temperatures were elevating beyond safe levels.  Backing off the throttle with an aim to finish well within the class but slightly under speed, the temperature began to go down, but soon John noticed the oil pressure dropping.  As the team tried to back off to just above minimum tech speed the pressure kept falling and the temperature began to elevate again.  The decision was made to terminate the run before major engine damage ensued.  They successfully stopped at the rest area just 30 miiles into the course. 

As luck would have it, rain on the course was causing some problems.  The high speed cars, those doing 160 or above, were given a green light to make their run, but only to the 30 mile mark, the same rest stop where John and Asa were waiting for the road to re-open.  John got a ride back to Ely to pick up his car trailer and all was well.

Dennis (Mad Dog) Antenucci successfully solicited a sponsor this year who helped transport Dennis' Pantera to and from the event, along with a twin motorcycle escort.  Paul Katchadourian along with Conner, both from Katch Environmental and Doug from Heathens MC really looked out for the team, both learning about the event and encouraging everyone in it.  Dennis made a successful run finishing slightly faster than his target with no engine or other issues to report.

A special mention goes out to Peter (The German) Menyhart who travalled to Ely to support the team and help drive Mark's trailer to the finish line.  Peter has been instrumental in helping Team Pantera Racing get things done for the past several years.  The team is always prodding him to get his Pantera finished and ready to race again.  Maybe next year.

Overall the team had a great time, despite John and Asa not being able to finish this year.

Photos of the event can be found in two albums of the Photo Gallery:

2014 SSCC

Peter Menyhart > 2014 SSCC

Last Updated on Monday, 11 July 2016 20:34
 
2014 SSCC Prep PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 09 September 2014 07:13

Team Pantera Racing member Mark Skwarek was unable to bring his Pantera to the 2013 running of the SSCC but has pulled out all the stops to make sure he's there in 2014.  After a prolonged build to some serious race specifications, Mark has the new engine installed and roaring to life:

 

Wow, now doesn't that sound great?   The rest of the team can't wait to see Mark in Ely Nevada in just over a week.

Meanwhile, John "JB" Bentley is working furiously on fuel delivery in his Yellow Pantera, waiting for next Wednesday when Asa Jay "AJ" Laughton will be flying in to meet the team and assist.  Unfortunately AJ won't be driving this year.  It's also rumored that Team Pantera Racing Veteran Erik Belter may be accompanying the team as well, though he too may not be racing.


Dennis "Mad Dog" Antenucci will be returning again to lead the team, bringing with him the latest sponsors of Team Pantera Racing, "Katch Envoronmental."

Last Updated on Monday, 29 September 2014 20:46
 
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