Courtesy Jeff Burk
Jim Oddy and his Summit Racing Equipment-backed Pro Mod teams have had some great accomplishments over the years including IHRA and NHRA World Championships and many, many record setting performances. But what his current team of driver Steve Bareman, co-crew chiefs Dave and Dan Oddy, and car chief Billy Leverentz has accomplished in just four races together is nothing short of amazing.
In the four race span since Mike and Steve Bareman offered the team the use of their '53 'Vette and became the team's second driver this season, the team has re-set the IHRA Pro Modified records for both elapsed time and speed. They raised the speed record they already owned from 236.22 to 236.46 at Epping, NH and at the next race at Maryland International Raceway lowered the ET mark from 6.10 to 6.050! They also managed to get to the final round at two races and have accumulated enough points in just two events to break into the top 20 in the points chase. (At two events they DNQ'd but came in as alternates so they got no points for those races.)
"I can't tell you how hard Billy Leverentz, the Bareman bothers, my sons and everybody on the team has worked to get the car and this team where it is in just four races," said Oddy. "When we put this new team together to finish the season I would have been happy just to make the rest of the races, now thanks to my team and the support of my sponsors we've been lucky enough to make two final-rounds and are a threat to win at every race."
The Summit Racing Equipment team's last race of the 2005 season will be Oct. 7-9 at the IHRA World Finals at Steve Earwood's Rockingham Dragway in North Carolina. Major sponsorship for Oddy's Racing team comes from Summit Racing Equipment; major associates include Isky Racing Cams, Blower Drive Service, Red Line Oil, NGK and MSD.