2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS – Bama

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Profile ID: 5583
Year: 2014
Make: Chevrolet
Model: Camaro SS
Markets: Muscle Car, Performance, Pro-Touring, Racing
Vehicle Type: American
Contact: Jason Luebcke

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Our Story:  My name is Jason Luebcke, along with my wife, Kay, our daughter Victoria and our son Tyler; we make up Hang Time Racing.  A family owned race team that enjoys auto crossing, road course events, car shows and cruises all around the Midwest.

We began back in 2013, Kay owned a 2011 Camaro Synergy Series Special Edition., a 1 of 20 cars that we enjoyed while attending car shows, cruises and nice day events. During the 2013 Camaro5 Fest in Indianapolis, we were able to make some hot laps around the autocross course to “dry” the course from the overnight rain.  Within 1 quick lap, Kay knew I was hooked and this event had placed a smile on my face she hadn’t seen in quite some time. After much discussion and giggles on the next few laps, we realized, we knew what we wanted to do next, go out and autocross. With Kay’s Camaro being so rare, and the fact it had 21” wheels and very expensive Pirelli tires, this was not the car to be doing this with. During Camaro5Fest we were able to test drive a car I had fallen in love with as soon as I saw it, the 2014 Camaro SS 1LE.  As soon as the test drive was over the decision was made. Save our money and place an order for a 2014 to arrive in the spring.

The story of the build is short and rather obvious. February 11th, 2014 we placed the order with our local Chevrolet dealer for the exact car we wanted, a 2014 Camaro 1SS with the 1LE package. We ordered only the options of the Recaro seats and the dual mode exhaust. Red Rock Metallic was the color choice, though we had yet to see the color in person, we knew it would be the best choice for us. After what seemed an eternity due to the severe winter, delayed train transport and a delay in moving the car to the dealer, she finally arrived in late April, 2014.  She was named Bama, in homage to the University of Alabama, and the color is that of a gulf coast sunset.

Within hours of making the trip to the house, the changes began. Pull the fuse for the exhaust, always open, never quiet (that’s the best way). Then changed oil, and begin the break in plan. Drive it hard and fast and continue to do so until it’s time to change oil and go racing. During our long wait and winter for the car, we had amassed quite the collection of parts that would slowly and methodically find their way on the car.

Though most of the car remains stock, the changes and parts swapped were all done for both asthetic and performance increases. Currently the setup is as follows:

Engine:

Factory GM LS3, Airaid cold air intake, JDP Motorsports high output coil wires, Apex Motorsports oil catch can, Vmax ported throttle body and Jannetty Racing tune. Spectre Performance engine dress up kit, K&N Oil filter.

  • Exhaust is from Hooker. Bama has the new “race” Blackheart system. 1 7/8” long tube headers, no cats, 3” xpipe leading to full 3” dual exhaust with 4.5” quad polished tips.
  • Brakes: GM Brembo 4 piston front and rear with GLoc Brake R12 and R10 pads.
  • Front Suspension: Factory GM struts, arms, and rods, BMR Suspension front springs, slightly stiffer rate with a 1.2” drop in height.
  • Rear Suspension: Factory GM struts, arms and rods, BMR Suspension springs, 1.0” drop and Pedders 32mm rear sway bar. UMI Performance 32mm sway bar mounts and bushings.
  • Transmission: Tremec TR6060 6 speed.
  • Current wheel and tire setup for racing varies depending on weather.
  • Dry weather: American Racing VF501 2 piece forged 20×10 front and rear, running Goodyear Eagle F1 G2 Supercars in 285/35/20.
  • Wet weather: Hotchkis Y-Sport 20×10 front and rear, running Continental Conti-Extreme DW in 275/35/20.
  • XS Power battery and billet battery mount.
  • Exterior:
  • Fender emblems removed and custom 1/LE logo on trunk lid.
  • Most of the body panels are covered in Xpel Ultimate self-healing paint protection film.
  • Front splitter mounted under the factory splitter is a NASCAR Sprint Cup series component from Roush Yates racing, made of Tegris and functional for additional down force.
  • Z/28 rear spoiler with factory wicker bill.  Adjustable pending amount of downforce needed and track conditions.
  • Front wheel flares for additional aero around the tires from a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06.
  • Brake ducts from 5star race bodies with full 3” NASCAR brake duct hoses.
  • LED fog lamps are from Diode Dynamics.
  • Interior:
  • Factory Recaro seats trimmed in suede and leather.
  • Factory suede covered flat bottom steering wheel and shift knob.
  • Crow Enterprizes 6 point harnesses with HANS belts.
  • Cipher harness bar painted in factory GM color to match exterior.
  • Rear seat upper cushion removed and replaced with a carbon fiber hydro graphic covered PVC panel from Cornerstone Custom Coatings.
  • Windows tint on all glass.

 

 

Throughout the build and continued tweaking we have met quite a few great people who have wanted to partner and help us with our journey. With each win, with each new person we meet, we’re truly looking for to the future. Not to toot our own horn, but we’ve made quite an impression in the street car autocross world within only two short years. We want to thank Clearautobra.com of St Louis for the great protection and continued support. Also,

  • Shane Weckerly, Bill Tichenor and Jason Bruce with Hooker/Holley Performance for the headers and exhaust.
  • Bruce Raymond of Raymond’s Performance for his insight on suspension components and recommendations for proper setup.
  • Diode Dynamics for their led lighting on our Camaro and 2015 Silverado.
  • Ted Jannetty of Jannetty Racing for our tuning and advice.
  • Ryan Kirkwood and Ramey Womer from UMI Performance for our sway bar mounts and bushings
  • In 2015 we participated in the Midwest Muscle Car Challenge, our first road course event. We won the Novice Fast Lap challenge and now have the itch to do it again. Ran the Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car event in Bowling Green, Ky. Finished 11th in class overall. First time at the new track and wore through a set of tires on the road course alone. We participated in Camaro5 Fest in Bowling Green, Holley LSFest also in Bowling Green, all with good success in a tough group. At the Street Machine Nationals in Springfield MO, we autocrossed in the Hotchkis Cup event and won both Saturday and Sunday in the Modern Muscle class. We filled the gaps in between large events with local SCCA autocross events, placing 3rd overall in class along with attending local cruise nights and car club events.
  • 2016 started with local autocross, the Midwest Muscle Car Challenge where we were rewarded with the Bowler Perfomance award. Once again the USCA event in Bowling Green KY, finished 15th out of 30 in class. Continued our local events and Holley LSFest 2016 in Bowling Green.
  • As a family adventure, we have absolutely enjoyed every moment so far and look forward to more in our future. With our son now auto crossing in his own car, a 2007 Civic Si, he is hooked and will one day jump up to come play with the big boys in the V8 crowd.

 

 

Attend the following (offering exposure to 50,000-100,000 + via social media, print and TV media).

 

Ø Super ChevySt. Louis, MO Ø Midwest Musclecar ChallengeTerre Haute, IN
Ø Holley LS FestBowling Green, KY Ø Optima USCA Event(s)NCM Motorsports Park
Ø Camaro5Fest #7Location TBD Ø Motor State ChallengeSouth Haven, MI