2021 is shaping up to be a good year for Delaware Warbirds Racing. After being banned for 10
years, our L-29, Race 77, the Viper, is back! The Viper dominated the races with three straight
wins in 2008, 2009, and 2010, setting the absolute Reno course record with a 544 MPH
qualifying lap. That was too much for Reno, so they banned it, along with our Race 2,
Pipsqueak, the fastest L-39 ever to race at Reno, with wins in 2005 and 2006 and an L-39
fastest qualifying lap of 525 MPH.
As Reno demanded, we have installed a new, less powerful engine in the Viper, but one that
will still exceed 500 MPH. We will also have a new driver, Pete Stavrides. Pete is a former
Navy F-18 pilot and a Jet Class instructor. This year 77 will not be as dominant as in the past.
Pete will be up against 2 or 3 other 500 MPH racers, but feels we can pull off another win for
As for Pipsqueak, Race 2 is alive, well and flying regularly, but still is too much for Reno, and it
In Place of Race 2, Joe Gano will be driving his faithful old beater, Race 6, SLUGGO. SLUGGO
remains a fully stock L-29 but is capable of speeds in excess of 400, and Joe’s experience
usually gets him a ahead of a few racers.