Never a team to rest on their current achievements, the Stanley and Weiss Pro Mod team has decided to build a brand-new car for the 2014 season after retiring their current world-record-setting Camaro.
Just weeks after crushing the current Pro Mod record with a pair of 5.64-second blasts at the ninth running of the Street Car Super Nationals in Las Vegas, word comes to us that the gang has a 2013 Cadillac CTS-V body in the works to debut next year.
The Larry Jeffers Race Cars-built Pro Mod will be backed by owners Camp Stanley and Axle Weiss and driven by hotshoe John Stanley.
“The other car is six years old. Larry Jeffers approached me in Rockingham about building a new car, and we settled on the details in Houston. I wasn’t considering building a new car, but it’s a partnership deal between Jeffers Race Cars, Stanley and Weiss Racing and the rest of my sponsors. We were originally going to build a Barracuda, but Larry approached me and asked how married I was to the ‘Cuda. He suggested the CTS-V, and I jumped on the idea. Jeffers now owns the molds to the CTS-V body. I had seen a few pictures of the front end and thought it looked really cool,” says Camp Stanley. “Larry should be starting to lay pipe for the car in the next few weeks. He just built a brand-new shop and has a good crew of people and has expanded on that by adding Garret Livingston and his crew.”
Despite the current powerplant taking the team to unimaginable heights, Stanley says it’s time for something new. “We’ve been 3.59 and 5.64, why wouldn’t you change it, what the hell? It’ll still be a Hemi, but we’re changing the design. I subscribe to the theory that if you always stay the same, you’ll always be the same,” he explains.
Noonan Race Engineering out of Australia will provide the new version of the team’s record-setting screw-blown Hemi powerplant, backed up by a Lencodrive transmission and Neal Chance torque converter.
The Stanley/Weiss team has been in the Pro Mod scene for years competing most recently in the ADRL’s Pro Extreme class; the destination for 2014 is tentatively the new NDRA sanctioning body.
Sponsorship on the new wild ride, painted in the familiar construction-barrel orange hue by Jeffers’ Collision Center, comes from Steel Dynamics, Inc., Mickey Thompson Tires, Tim Fraker Signs, and Davis Technologies. The rendering you see up above comes from Tyler Clark of Wicked Graffix.
If past history is any indication of future performance, the Pro Mod world has just been put on notice – the boys from Hagerstown, Maryland aren’t playing around in 2014.