2016 Video Wrap Up

Here are few of Melanie Salemi Motorsports favorite moments from an awesome 2016 season. With 2017 here, our team is ready to make this year even better!

Melanie Salemi finishes strong in 2016 PDRA Pro Boost Championship Points Chase

The Melanie Salemi Motorsports Pro Modified team based in Buffalo New York recently competed in the final PDRA race of the season in Richmond Virginia. Salemi and her “Purple Reign” G-Force Race Cars built, 68 Firebird closed out the PDRA season in fine fashion with a semi final finish. She posted a new personal best performance record of 3.76 at 198 mph and most importantly took a 3rd place spot on the podium for the points championship in the extremely competitive Pro Boost class. Salemi exclaimed, “I’m beyond excited for my team to have accomplished these goals this season. It’s a testament to everyone’s tireless efforts, dedication and sacrifice.  When it comes to my guys, it’s always “whatever it takes” and like I’ve said before I believe we have the most versatile team out there. Everything is under one roof. From building the complete car, to building the engines and all of our between race maintenance it is all handled by G-Force Race Cars, MSR Performance, and Resolution Racing Services. My team knows what it takes to do well and I think that was proven this season. We should be able to keep our momentum going through the off season with testing and come out strong in the beginning of 2017″. virginia-pic

 The 2016 season is not quite finished for the team as they will embark on their first west coast adventure with their own team to Las Vegas Motor Speedway November 16-20 for the 12th running of the SCSN race presented by Mel Roth. Jim Salemi owner of G-Force Race Cars states, “We’ve been going to Vegas for this race since 2008 and won it with Kirk Wilmes back in 2008, it will be nice to showcase our product west of the Mississippi as it’s not something we often do. We are focused on building our team and business’ nationwide and this event will help that reach a new level”.

The opportunity for the team to travel west comes from Ross Johnston and his Big Sky Motorsports group based in Bozeman, Montana. “We went to this event in 2015 to look after Big Sky’s unique full size supercharged Chevy pickup. During the event Ross said ‘let’s get the Firebird out here in 2016’, and now it’s coming to reality. Ross and the Big Sky group have supported our team helping with travel expenses all year and it will be great to showcase this race for Big Sky Motorsports”, said Jon Salemi, Melanie’s husband and owner of Resolution Racing Services.

This 2016 season was a pivotal year for the upstate New York based team in running for a championship in the PDRA series. “This is my first full season in the Pro Mod car. It’s been a dream come true to compete at this level and run as well as we have. We have great plans for the 2017 season so stay tuned to all of our social media outlets for the exciting news”.

Thank you to all of our wonderful marketing partners and supporters for helping make this season a great one. AL-LEE Installations, Delta Faucet, Big Sky Motorsports, Quick Drive, MSR Performance, G-Force Race Cars, Resolution Racing Services, FuelTech, Atomizer Racing Injectors, Browell Bellhousing, Jeff Pierce, Ross Racing Pistons, Motorsports Unlimited, Santos Motorsports, TT Motorsports, Flatout Gaskets, Hoosier Racing Tires, NGK Sparkplugs, PST, B&J Transmissions & Kinetic Engineering.

Salemi a Strong Competitor at Shakedown 14

Melanie Salemi and her Buffalo, NY based Melanie Salemi Motorsports Pro Mod team entered the 2016 Shakedown at the Summit last weekend with high expectations to take home the richest Pro Mod purse in the history of the class. Summit Motorsports Park Owner Bill Bader Jr. vowed to make the “Shakedown” a race that everyone would place on their schedules for years to come because simply “you just can’t afford not to be there.” With all that being said after only 2 qualifying sessions Melanie Salemi ended up in the 4th slot with a 5.91 at 238 mph during the rain shortened stages of the race. As first round approached on Sunday morning the weather had turned for the better. The rain was gone and sun was shining so it was time to “Put up or Shut up” in true Shakedown lingo.


Melanie stomped through the 24 car field with a string of 5.87 second runs taking out RubenT, Bruce Boland, and Billy Harper. She waited until the semi’s to lower the boom on fellow Canadian and friend Wes Goddard with a 5.86 @ 242 mph to Wes’ 5.87 at a fast 252 mph. This set the finals to be a blower vs. turbo final round. Salemi and Kevin Fiscus were almost dead even on the tree in the final round but Fiscus pulled away after Melanie experienced tire shake at the hit and tried to pedal it to no avail. Although it was not Melanie’s day for the win, she showed her skill on the track all weekend and was stellar on the tree to get by 4 tough rounds of competition. “I am just really excited that I get to race with these guys a lot of them have way more experience than me in these cars and I’m really happy that I can class myself as one of them.” Stated Melanie. “My guys send me down the track with a perfectly prepared car each time and it makes my job that much easier. I don’t know if there is a harder working bunch of guys in this sport. We have had a lot going on the past couple of weeks and I owed it to Jon, Jim, Mike and the rest of our crew to do my job on the tree and go rounds last weekend.” Although Melanie didn’t take home the Shakedown 14 title, she took home more experience in the ¼ mile and one of her best racing weekends to date has been put in the books.

Highly valued, continuous backing for Melanie Salemi Motorsports comes from AL-LEE Installations, Delta Faucet, Big Sky Motorsports, Quick Drive, MSR Performance, G-Force Race Cars, Resolution Racing Services, Ross Racing Pistons, Motorsports Unlimited, Santos Motorsports, TT Motorsports, Jeff Pierce, FuelTech, Atomizer Racing Injectors, Flatout Gaskets, Hoosier Racing Tires, NGK Sparkplugs, B&J Transmissions & Browell Bellhousings.

Watch for the Melanie Salemi Motorsports team at their next outing at Virginia Motorsports Park, October 21-22 at the 2016 PDRA World Finals and then their final event of 2016 will be The Street Car Super Nationals in Las Vegas November 17-20.
Awesome Photos Courtesy of NW Photography.

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