During Sunday’s elimination rounds, Carlyle appeared to play it safe, never running quicker than 6.82 but outclassing the field in all respects, going on to win the race over number seven qualifier Chuck Buckhart. He was never seriously tested during eliminations, as it seemed that each of his competitors encountered issues when the tree dropped.
Not only did he re-set his own record three times during qualifying, going quicker on every single pass when it counted, he did so using the factory-style independent rear suspension.
Tuning help from Patrick Barnhill and Jason Lee of Part Time Performance in Ohio keeps him on the straight and narrow. Carlyle’s 2007 Z06 relies on a 427-cube Kurt Urban-built engine using a Dart billet block, All Pro cylinder heads, 106mm throttle body, and a pair of Garrett 88mm turbochargers.
Thanks to Hans Pierre Jr. at Free Life Films for the footage!