2021 Goodguys CPP AutoCross Series Class Champions
New classes, sponsors, and energy brought much more parity and great competition to the 2021 Goodguys CPP AutoCross season. Hundreds of racers competed throughout the year, with many traveling to attend multiple events and chase season points. The points race was tight in many classes, and at the end of the year these six racers had proven their abilities on the track, accumulating enough wins and top finishes to earn the top rankings in their respective classes.
PRO-X – Josh Leisinger – Sioux Falls, SD – 1964 Corvette
Josh Leisinger has been a steadfast, consistent, and winning racer in the Goodguys CPP AutoCross series for many years and came away not only with the PRO-X class win at the end of 2021, but also the season’s top prize: CPP AutoCrosser of the Year.
He competed in six National events prior to Scottsdale and claimed the class win and shootout win at each of them. His lightweight ’64 Corvette is based on a Cale Kern-built chromoly tube chassis with power from a Warren Johnson Racing-built LSX engine. It’s a brute of a machine, and Josh has proven he has the driving skills to harness its power and race it to win after win.
PRO – Ron Scott Jr. – Troutville, VA – 1963 Corvette
Don’t let the beautiful Frost White paint and clean appearance fool you – Ron Scott Jr.’s ’63 Corvette means business when it hits the track. Ron competed in six Goodguys CPP AutoCross events in 2021, traveling as far as Texas from his home base in Virginia before racing at the Duel in the Desert in Scottsdale.
He won the PRO class at three of those events, claimed the PRO shootout at two of them, and placed well enough at the others to earn 72 points (five best events, plus shootout) for the season – 22 more than the second-place finisher. LS power and RideTech suspension components aid Ron in wheeling this Vette to the winner’s circle.
Forgeline Street Machine – Bill Graves Sr. – Terrell, NC – 1966 Chevy Corvette
Bill Graves Sr. is one of the most dedicated racers in the CPP AutoCross Series. He raced his ’66 Corvette in an incredible 11 events in 2021 on his way to securing the Forgeline Street Machine class championship. His total points tally was an incredible 176, which netted him 90 points in the season-ending computing (which incorporates racers’ five best finishes, plus shootout points) – 35 more points than second-place finisher Tim Molzen.
The owner-built, charcoal gray ’Vette is a truly streetable machine with a modified stock suspension, Forgeline wheels, and LS3 power providing the handling and acceleration Bill needed to earn win after win.
LMC Truck – Rob MacGregor – Dandridge, TN – 1986 Chevy C10
Rob MacGregor is no stranger to the Goodguys CPP AutoCross Series – or to vintage trucks. As the founder and owner of No Limit Engineering, Rob has been building custom chassis for decades and was an early proponent of both trucks that can handle.
For the past couple of seasons, he’s been driving Bill Holt’s ’86 C10 in AutoCross competition, putting the No Limit chassis and LS3 engine to the test – and usually coming out on top. Rob competed in four events, won the LMC Truck class in each of them, and doubled up with a shootout win in three of those events, which was enough to earn the season points championship for the class.
FiTech Challenger – Thomas Adjutant – Longmont, CO – 1964 Acadian Invader
Thomas Adjutant first caught our attention at the Salt Lake Nationals in Utah, where he wheeled his brick-like ’64 Acadian Invader wagon – the Canadian version of the Nova – to the Truck/Challenger Great Salt Shootout win. He followed up with impressive performances at the Heartland Nationals in Iowa and a class win at the Colorado Nationals to earn enough points for the FiTech Challenger season win.
The Acadian is a perfect candidate for the FiTech Challenger class, as it’s a true street-driven machine with small-block power and basic suspension mods that proves you don’t need an exotic, purpose-built racecar to have fun and compete in Goodguys CPP AutoCross.
Wilwood All American – Marty Clarke – Burleson, TX – 2021 Tesla Model 3
Is this the rise of the electrics? Several times this season, Teslas claimed the Wilwood All American Sunday class, which welcomes post-1987 vehicles for competition on Sundays at National events.
Marty Clarke’s white-hot 2021 Tesla Model 3 dominated the class during the All Star Get-Together and Lone Star Nationals in Texas, claiming class and shootout wins at both events. The instant-on acceleration of the Tesla’s electric motor is a definite advantage, but plenty of credit also goes to Marty, a seasoned road race driver and instructor who has had plenty of seat time in internal-combustion machines, too.