It all started back in 1997, when owner Jeff Cauley, who not only is a car dealer but also an amateur race car driver, decided take the first ever C5 Corvette race car in the country to the track. The Corvette was converted from a stock 1997 silver six-speed Z51 coupe and was ran locally at Waterford Hills Road Course, proving to be quite competitive. Being such a phenomenal sports car it obviously made a fabulous choice for a racecar.
“The Corvette was converted from a stock 1997 silver six-speed Z51 coupe”
In 1999 Cauley Performance Automotive and Specter Werkes/Sports entered the prestigious Rolex 24 at Daytona, with our original 1997 silver C5 now painted red. The car basically stock, ran flawlessly and finished 9th in its class and 26th overall out of 78 entries. Our C5 Corvette was one of only 3 Corvettes entered in the race. The other two were the factory cars.
In 2000 Cauley and Specter Werkes decided to take on the Rolex 24 at Daytona yet again, this time with a new Corvette. Looking fairly similar in paint and graphics, this new Corvette was built from Chassis number 12 of the 20 exclusive GM Corvette C5-R box cars, each of which sold with the intent to be built as race cars. Also this year, Cauley Performance Automotive sponsored the twin yellow D.J. Race Corvettes in the SPEED world challenge series. These two cars were also built from the few C5-R box cars offered by GM.
In 2004, the Rolex 24 at Daytona was calling our name once more. We entered the same car as the previous entry but this time with upgraded performance and a new black paint scheme which had a Highlander theme from our teaming up with Anchor Bay Entertainment. We also ran that year at both Watkins Glen and Mid-Ohio under the Grand American Race Series in the same Highlander Corvette.
All the while, Jeff Cauley was getting antsy to get back into racing himself. In 2003 he acquired one of the original two D.J. Race Corvettes that Cauley Performance Automotive previously sponsored and joined the D.J. Race team with fellow driver and team owner, Danny Kellermeyer. The team runs both locally at Waterford Hills Road Course and regionally under SCCA sanctioning as TCC (Touring Challenge for Corvettes). In 2005, Jeff’s passion of racing finally got to his son Joe. Joe began racing that year in a C4 Corvette built by D.J. Racing and later in 2006 began to run a C5 that he helped build with team owner Danny.
|Now in 2011, Jeff and Joe are both racing Corvettes against each other and are constantly battling for lead position. The D.J. Race team has grown to five Corvettes and holds two sets of father and son drivers. Cauley Performance Automotive highlights its passion for the Corvette by hosting many events that halo the successful D.J. Race team.
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