Tony Gaples

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Tony Gaples
HOMETOWN: Libertyville, IL
AGE: 51






Pirelli World Challenge GTS 11 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Camaro GT4

Blackdog Speed Shop
Chevrolet Camaro GT4

Personal Information

Drives a 2014 Camaro Z28 on the street. His favorite food is Filet Mignon, and his favorite movies are the Blues Brothers and Airplane.

Driving Highlights

2016:Started 19 GTS races including his 160th Pirelli World Challenge career start. Recorded 10 top–10s and finished 8th in driver’s championship.

Previously: Ran Ferrari Challenge in 2001, finishing second at VIR and third at Indianapolis events and finishing third in final points tandings. Won the 2002 SCCA Central Division Championship in T1. Ran two SPEED GT races in a Corvette Z06, with a season–best finish of 16th at Road America in 2002. In 2003, ran his first full season of SPEED GT and recorded one top–10 finish in season finale in Puerto Rico. Finished third in Rookie–of–the–Year points. In 2004, ran three SPEED GT events, with best finish (11th) coming at Mid–Ohio. Had a career year in 2005, finishing a personal–best second at Infineoon behind Lou Gigliotti. Made 11 starts, had six top–10 finishes to finish eighth in the SPEED GT Driver’s Championship – the first time to finish in the top 10. Entered seven SPEED GT races in 2006 driving a Chevrolet Corvette, earning two top–ten finishes. Best result was ninth at St. Petersburg. Collected three top–10 finishes 2007 driving a Blackdog Racing Corvette. Best finish was seventh at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. In 2008, earned four top–10 results driving a Blackdog Racing Chevrolet Corvette en route to finishing ninth in the SPEED GT Driver’s Championship. In 2009, finished a career best seventh in the GT Championship. Had seven top–10 finishes, with a best of fourth at Sebring. Earned Sunoco Hard Charger of the Year award. In 2010, started 12 races with nine top 10 finishes and finishing 8th overall in the GT Driver’s Championship. In 2011 finished a career best 6th overall in GT Driver’s Championship on the strength of 11 top 10 finishes. In 2012, finished 8th in the GT Driver’s Championship with top 5 finish at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. In 2013, moved into the GTS class and finished 7th overall in the Driver’s Championship. In 2014, started 16 races in GTS recording 13 top 10 finishes. Finished sixth overall in championship. In 2015, started 15 GTS races, scoring five top 10 results.