Danny Popp is no stranger to the world of autocross. He’s a well-known name and an extremely highly-accomplished driver, so it should come as no surprise that Popp has been named the Goodguys Autocrosser of the Year.
Popp piloted his 1972 Corvette at the finals of the Goodguys Southwest Nationals Event in Scottsdale, Arizona November 15th through the 17th this past year. Popp is a seven-time SCCA Champion who had a seriously busy 2013 season, even competing at Holley LS Fest in September where we got to see him in action. He earned the title of 2013 Grand Champion at LS Fest after competing in a variety of racing events there.
The ’72 Corvette is question has belonged to the Popp family for quite a while but has been modified for autocross racing by Danny, who began autocross racing at the tender age of 16. Over 27 years later, he has thirteen SCCA and NSA championships to his name.
"My dad (Herb Popp) bought this Corvette over 40 years ago and I still get to drive it," he says.
A Lingenfelter LS7 lays under the hood cranking out 550 horsepower. It is equipped with a Holley EFI system, which automatically tunes the air/fuel mixture for optimum performance.
"The self-tuning abilities of the Holley EFI was simply amazing," Popp explained. "The parts dropped right in so easily!"
Popp also credits Holley LS engine and fuel system components with helping him to remain consistent and emerge victorious throughout the season.
"This was the hardest field I've ever raced," Popp said of the finals where many of his competitors were SCCA veterans with championship titles. "My mom and dad raised me at the track, and today we got it done!"