When it comes to women in the autocross and pro-touring scenes, no one can beat the successes of Mary Pozzi. With 11 SCCA Solo Championship wins, an automotive journalism background and automotive knowledge that could trump just about any contender, male or female, it’s no surprise that the mere mention of Pozzi’s name conjures up images of expertly set up cars and drive lines like you’ve never seen before. With that comes Pozzi’s most famous car, her 1973 Camaro set up to be a killer back road, track and autocross beast- a car that many enthusiasts could only dream of and the perfect car to kick off the second season of DRIVE’s Big Muscle series. Check it out above.
Pozzi is no stranger to the autocross circuit. Meeting her husband, long-time racer David Pozzi, at an autocross school, Mary Pozzi can hold her own and then some on any autocross course you throw her way. But what’s even more impressive than Pozzi’s driving abilities is her knowledge and skill set for putting champion autocross cars together.
Built up for the purpose of competing in autocross events, Pozzi’s ‘73 Camaro is one impressive machine. For smooth power and reliability, the car features a 402 stroker LS2 engine matted to a T-56 Magnum transmission. Moving the power to the rear wheels is a Currie Ford 9-inch rearend with 3.89:1 gears.
Upgraded brakes, a coilover suspension system with triple adjustable shocks from RideTech, Detroit Speed Engineering sub frame connectors, Hotchkis G-braces as well as other Hotchkis components, and a few touches from Global West make Pozzi’s Camaro the corner-carving muscle car we all know and love.
Pozzi’s knowledge and dedication to building her Camaro have gotten her far and continue to benefit not only her but others in the industry as well. Between Pozzi and her husband, they’ve helped a number of racers hone in their vehicles for competition. Pozzi’s skills in doing so even led to her own car’s inclusion in the newest Grand Turismo racing game, inspiring a look-alike vehicle that can be chosen by gamers to compete with on virtual courses.
Pozzi is an amazing automotive enthusiast with the knowledge and dedication to achieve whatever she sets her mind to. Lucky for us Chevy Bowtie enthusiasts, that means some killer Camaros to base our own automotive goals off of.