With the 2015 season just around the corner the Llamas Motorsports has been hard at work getting their 1972 Nova ready to race all of the MX235 events that are scheduled. Based in Waukegan, IL and is family oriented team with Pete Llamas Jr. Driver, Pete Llamas Sr.as the Crew Chief and the crew made up of Carol Llamas (mother) Lindsey Llamas(wife of Pete Jr.) along with two daughters of Pete Jr. & Lindsey, Brooklynn & Jordynn helping out for moral support. Pete Jr. tells me if it was not for the support of the family none of this would be possible.
Pete Jr. started his racing career in Jr. dragster’s back in 1993 at the age of 10. At the age of 16 he sold the Jr.Dragster and bought his first big tire car a 1971 Nova along with his father. They raced it for several seasons until he discovered his love for the small tire world of drag racing and where he has stayed ever since. In 2008 they purchased the 1972 Nova from Nick Rinehart who ran the car in NMCA Extreme Street class. The team ran the car in with Midwest Super Stock Mafia for several seasons on true 10.5’s. They also participated in the Iowa True 10.5 series as well. Pete Jr. tells me from the first pass on a set of radials he was hooked and knew that would be where the team would be racing. He also says there will be a huge learning curve running on 235 radial but the team is alway up for a challenge and will be very competitive in the MX235 once that curve has been met.
Llamas Motorsports has been doing some improvements during the off-season. Some cosmetic changes has been part of them with Classic Auto Body in Kenosha, WI. handling the paint and some cosmetic changes that needed to be competed. In conjunction with Classic Auto Body they consulted Greg Zoetmulder at Greg Z Designs to render a new look for the 72 Nova with the end result being great looking car and should turn heads at the track. The car still has some paint work that is in progress at this time and will be ready in just few weeks.
The power plant of the Nova is a 565 BBC nitrous assisted built by Goodwin Competition. The power is transferred by a 400 turbo built by Proformance Racing Transmission. http://proformanceracingtransmissions.com/. TA Racing Fabrications was responsible for the safety features of the car, including all of the 25.5 cage that was completed by Tom Anderson.
Llamas Motorsports says they can not Thank their sponsors enough for all the support they get. With the support coming from great companies such as Bullseye Boring Inc. and Lake County Hose & Equipment along with the support the Pete Sr and Carol Llamas, the team would not be where they are today if it was not for them. So make sure you keep an eye out this great looking machine and watch it make wave in the MX235 class.
Photos courtesy of: Greg Z Designs and Llamas Motorsports.