Tragedy struck the Bothwell Motorsports team late last year when the team’s newly built Pro Street car got airborne and went over the retaining wall. Team driver, Rick Snavely, was making a qualifying run in Pro Street during the Street Car Super Nationals. Luckily Snavely walked away but not without some broken bones—a small price to pay for the flying antics of his 2006 Pontiac GTO racecar. The team vowed to be back in action and immediately began building a new 1969 Camaro Pro Modified style racecar. Their comeback Pro Street tour will begin during the NMCA West Finals at the Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, California over the weekend of October 26-28, 2012.
The new tube chassis racecar features double frame rails for added rigidity. A carbon fiber Camaro body has been fit to the SFI certified chassis. If you haven’t noticed yet there is a new powerplant under the hood—a Pro Line Racing twin turbo engine. The big-block features a pair of Pro Line Racing cylinder heads and custom sheetmetal intake manifold. The team is armed with the kind of firepower that will allow them to be competitive even with Pro Street times heading into the high 5s/low 6s at over 230 mph.
Snavely jumped into the team’s 2005 Mustang GT earlier this year to compete in the NMCA West True 10.5 category at Pomona. He shook the cobwebs off with low 7-second times in the twin turbocharged Mustang. The 2012-2013 season will be raced under the Turbos Direct banner thanks to a deal struck earlier this year. A Bothwell team member informed us that Turbos Direct has been involved in high-performance turbochargers for over 30 years and also plans on releasing a new line of turbochargers and components later this year. Bothwell didn’t stop at the Turbos Direct sponsorship. They also expanded the team to include west coast hot shoe Rich Zehring for a three-car assault on the NMCA West and other west coast based sanctioning bodies. The team is officially Bothwell/Zehring Motorsports and they are determined to make a serious impact on the heads-up racing scene in the west, the east and anywhere else they can run the three racecars.