Lair is the proud owner of a new ZL1 Camaro from Jerry Haas Race Cars, and he is preparing for the ADRL season-opener, CarSafe Dragpalooza VIII, which takes place next weekend at Royal Purple Raceway in Houston.
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Greg Lair said being in the shop where he and his son shared time together has been hard for him since his sonâ€™s death, but he recently decided he needed something to be excited about, which was part of his motivation behind purchasing the new Camaro. Lair said the car was expensive but wouldnâ€™t specify.
â€œI thought it would be nice to have something to look forward to, so I decided to go ahead and get a new one,â€ he said. â€œThis Camaro was coming up so I decided to wait on it.â€
Jerry Haas of Fenton, Mo., and Five Star Race Car Bodies of Twin Lakes, Wis., built the car. General Motors assisted in development and provided access to its wind tunnel in Detroit, Haas said.
Lair described himself as an old-school racer who still uses a five-speed manual transmission instead of an automatic. He also fuels the car with regular gasoline rather than nitrous oxide.
â€œNitrous oxide was like cheating when I was a kid so I just never have gotten in to running it,â€ he said. â€œIâ€™ve just always liked horsepower, so this is the way weâ€™ve always done it.â€
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