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Cadillac CTS-V Pro Mod Build Underway

Yet another place you can expect to see an Italian-American from Long Island, New York driving a Cadillac will be the staging lanes in Pro Mod. Dina Parise Racing is putting together a tube-chassis CTS-V to compete in Pro Modified for the 2014 season. The title driver currently runs a 1963 Corvette, while her husband, Andrew Parise, drives a ’53 Corvette that you may have seen in some Super Chevy Show coverage.

The chassis is currently under construction at Matheis Race Cars Inc. Owner Rob Matheis stated, “We have been fans of DPR for a long time and can hardly wait to see Dina behind the wheel and winning races with a MRC built CTS-V!” The Cherry Red paint and bodywork will be supplied by Bob and Rich Mathews. However, the same 526cid Hemi-based supercharged and methanol injected V-8 out of the Corvette will be nestled between the carefully welded tubes of the V, making roughly 3,000hp. I’m sorry to disappoint those of you hoping it would also have an LS engine, but unfortunately Hemi is still the standard in Pro Mod and for making this much power reliably (one day, one day). Dina Parise said they will also continue to use a Lenco transmission with a Neal Chance converter.

Despite the chassis and parachutes, Pro Mods like this V have functional doors and the driver sits in the traditional position, so it should still bear plenty of resemblance to the streetcar. “I cannot wait to debut this car! The fans are excited and we are excited! “ Stated Dina. “ She’s going to be a beautiful, fast car. Now I would like to have a matching one in my driveway, kind of like having a day to night outfit change!”

Look for this CTS-V at a track near you, competing in the Professional Drag Racing Assocation (PDRA), Extreme Outlaw Pro Mod (EOPM), and possibly the National Muscle Car Association (NMCA). While they have previous experience in the NHRA, DPR has found these organizations friendlier to its budget.

Dina Parise has partnered with NGK, LAT Racing Oils, CRC Industries, Neal Chance, Radical Corvettes, Hoosier Racing Tire, Browell Bellhousing, USA Auto Supply, Speedwire Systems, and Trailer Valet.

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