- Thursday 11 April, 2013
NORWALK, Ohio – For the fun of it, picture a Funny Car pedal fest throwing flames and jerking erratically down the dragstrip.
It’s also the beauty and challenge of racing Funny Cars.
On April 27, 2013, Chris Massarella and his wife, Kristal, team up with their 1977 Monza nostalgia Funny Car, Total Insanity, at the Funny Car Fox Hunt at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
The Funny Car Fox Hunt, a retro event from the early days of the dragstrip at 1300 State Route 18 east of Norwalk, welcomes girls and women with family-friendly free admission as we celebrate fifty years of fun.
So far eight nostalgia Funny Cars nose up to the tree at the Funny Car Fox Hunt:
• John DeCort, Old and Fuelish, 1978 Corvette.
• Lance Good, Sharky’s Machine, 1979 Omni.
• Chris Massarella, Total Insanity, 1977 Monza.
• Jerry Streb, Dazed & Confused, 1969 Camaro.
• Steve Timoszyk, Parts Peddler, Barracuda.
• Nick Tilley, Shyster, Corvette.
• Monty Stotz, Blue Thunder, 1969 Camaro.
• Frank Barnard, Poison Arrow, 1977 Arrow.
The Funny Car Fox Hunt also launches the Mr. Gasket $53,100 Super Series and Bear Motorsports Junior Dragsters presented by Wiseco in addition to the 2013 Golden Anniversary season at Summit Motorsports Park. We’re celebrating all year!
Chris and Kristal Massarella, Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey, usually include clothing reminiscent of the early Funny Car era as part of the show, said Dennis Salzwimmer, director of the Great Lakes Nostalgia Funy Car Circuit, on the Web at www.glnfcc.com, and on Facebook.com
“This car that he has now is a clone to his first car, which was a Monza which had some history to it,” Dennis Salzwimmer said. “The chassis was Kenny Bernstein’s chassis. The body was The Hawaiian by Roland Leong. Roland Leong had a dragster and Don Prudhomme got his start with him.”
Kristal Massarella drives the original Funny Car, which has a fuel injected motor, Dennis Salzwimmer said, so they operate a husband-wife Monza team.
Drivers in the Great Lakes Nostalgia Funny Car Circuit enjoy signing autographs and telling stories about their Funny Cars, Dennis Salzwimmer said.
For an extra special race fan treat, Jill Canuso and Al Hanna sizzle the track with the fan favorite Queen of Diamonds Jet Dragster for the last time. So come out and ask team owner Al Hanna what will happen to the original Queen of Diamonds.
Gates open at 8 a.m.; time trials, 9 a.m.; pre-race ceremony, 6 p.m.; show, 7 p.m.
Admission for men costs $15; boys ages six to 12, $5; boys less than age six, free; girls get in free.