Aaron Quine drives his #69 TA2 Chevy Camaro in the SCCA Pro Trans-Am series as a member of the ECC Motorsports team.
Quine, a longtime racer and Akron, OH native, has piloted the Howe Racing Gen V Z28 Camaro since 2015. The car build was completed over five months. Working with crew members Bill Pristas, Al Gaudino, John Luczyk, and Jerry Werner, Quine describes it as an “easy build” with typical fabrication work to get the car race-ready.
“We’re extremely happy with the Howe Racing chassis and body,” he said.
Quine takes particular pleasure in the car’s Ohio connections, including the Hawk Performance brake pads and rotors made in Solon, OH. Quine chose Summit Racing 2-Stage Huggin’ Orange and Jet Black paint to honor the colors available on the 1969 Z28 Camaro. Mongoose Motorsports of Ravenna, OH handled the painting duties.
Under the car’s stunning exterior, a Katech 378 c.i.d. LS3 engine produces 625 horsepower. That engine propelled Quine to a best top speed of 186 mph at Daytona, and will insure Quine stays competitive when the 2019 Trans-Am series kicks off in March.
“My goals are to find sponsorship help to run for a full season and go for the championship,” he said.
Quine has amassed his share of pole positions, victories, and championships over a 29-year career. Last May he drove the Camaro to a first-place finish at Pittsburgh International Race Complex, eclipsing the track record by more than 1.5 seconds.
Quine also teaches aspiring drivers—and occasionally racing’s elite—as an instructor at the Mid-Ohio Driving School.
“I got to teach NASCAR’s Bill Elliott the way around Mid-Ohio in August 2018 when he raced in the Trans-Am series,” Quine said. “He hadn’t been there since an IROC celebrity race in 1987 and needed some coaching. I’d been racing there since 1990, so they teamed him up with me. It was a great experience, and I made a new friend.”
Quine’s Camaro is currently on display at the Summit Racing retail store in Tallmadge, OH.
FAST SPECS: Aaron Quines TA2 Camaro
- Spec steel tube chassis from Howe Racing
- 1-3/4 inch DOM steel tube roll cage built by Howe Racing
- Tiger Rear Ends rear axle with Winters Quick Change ring and pinion gears—3.04 for Daytona and 3.55 for most road courses
- Howe Racing independent front suspension, JRI rear 4-link with coilover shocks
- StopTech front and rear calipers, Hawk Performance brake pads and rotors
- 15″ x 10″ Bassett wheels on 27 x 10-15 Pirelli tires for SCCA Pro Trans-Am and Hoosiers for semi-pro races
- Katech 378 cubic inch LS3 dry-sump engine with aluminum block and heads, Katech camshaft and rocker arms, LS Chevy truck intake manifold
- AEM ignition box, ECU, and wiring harness, Katech ignition coil and wires
- Howe Racing headers with 1-3/4″primaries, DEI platinum header wrap, Howe Racing side exit mufflers
- EMCO 4-speed clutchless transmission, 3-disc Quarter Master Pro Series clutch and bellhousing, Long shifter
- 2015 Gen V Camaro Z28 fiberglass body by Howe Racing, wider than stock
- Summit Racing 2-Stage System Huggin’ Orange and Jet Black paint
- Graphics by Fastsigns of Medina, OH.
- Work done by Howe Racing, Aaron Quine, and crew
- RaceTech carbon fiber seats, AutoMeter gauges, Coolshirt climate control system
Special Thanks to:
“ECC Motorsports—They provide parts and engineering support at all the tracks I go to,” Quine said.