Neither Mike nor the Daytona are strangers to competition or road courses either. Prior to the OUSCI, they’ve competed in the Bullrun Rally and The Fireball Run, raced at Grattan Raceway, Monticello Raceway, Pocono Raceway, and New Jersey Motorsports Park. Occasionally he even gets a little heavy footed on areas of wide-open road too. His worst ticket? Coming out of Canada at 121 mph. “They were not happy with me,” Mike says with a laugh. “They wanted to impound the car but they didn’t have a flatbed long enough to transport it!”

The heavy foot won’t get Mike in trouble on his next planned adventure; in 2012, he plans to be the first Dodge Daytona ever to run the famed Nurburgring and Autobahn when he ships it over to Germany. With the Daytona’s slippery 0.28 coefficient of drag (Cd) and planned swap to some new 6.1L Hemi power, it should be able to slice through the air with ease.

OUSCI Results
Detroit Speed & Engineering Road Rally: completed
RideTech Autocross: 44th
BFGoodrich Hot Lap Challenge: 35th
Wilwood Speed-Stop Challenge: 39th
Raybestos Performance & Design Challenge: 32nd
Driver: Mike Musto (owner and builder)

By The Numbers

1969 Charger Daytona

Mike Musto; Pleasant Hill, CA


Type: 471ci Mopar RB

Block: Dodge

Oiling: Hemi pan with ½-inch pickup, Melling HV oil pump, Accusump with 3-quart accumulator

Rotating assembly: RB steel crank, Eagle H-beam rods, 10.7:1 Ross pistons

Cylinder heads: Edelbrock, 84cc chamber

Camshaft: Hughes cam with Lunati lifters

Valvetrain: Harland-Sharp rockers, 1.5 ratio

Induction: Holley Street Dominator with 850 double-pumper carb

Exhaust: TTI headers with Dynomax Super Turbo Dual 3-inch pipes and X-pipe

Fuel system: Mopar Performance pump

Ignition: MSD Pro-Billet distributor and 6AL ignition

Cooling: Milodon water pump, U.S. Radiator with twin 12-inch SPAL fans

Output: 500 hp

Built by: Jim Bossman


Transmission: Tremec TKO600 five-speed

Rearend: stock rear with Eaton Detroit Truetrac and 3.55 gears


Front suspension: 1.22-inch torsion bars, Edelbrock Performer IAS shocks, Firm Feel 1¼-inch antiroll bar, Firm Feel tubular upper control arms

Rear suspension: Mopar Performance leaf springs, Edelbrock Performer IAS shocks, Hellwig 1⅛-inch antiroll bar

Brakes: ’08 Challenger SRT8 14-inch rotors with ’08 Viper calipers, front; 13-inch Challenger SRT8 rotors with PBR ’98 Mustang calipers, rear; Hydroboost hydraulic brake assist

Wheels & Tires

Wheels: 18x9 and 18x10 Mr. Angry “Angrier”

Tires: 265/40R18 and 285/40R18 Continental Extreme Performance

1964 Pontiac GTO

“The GTO-R”

Unlike the numerous “R” designations that have popped up on lesser cars over the past few years, the Raybestos GTO-R actually earns that now seemingly universal designation for “race prepped.”

Designed and built by Hot Rod Chassis & Cycle (HRCC) as a giveaway car for Raybestos, you’d expect that this ’64 GTO was little more than looks and graphics—but that’s just not how Raybestos’ Josh Russell and HRCC’s Kevin Tully build cars. Russell decreed that this needed to be one that not only talked the talk, but fully walked the walk. He wanted something that harkened back to Raybestos road racing days as well as nodded toward their heavy involvement in NASCAR right up to the current cars—maybe with a little bit of Herb Adams Gray Ghost thrown in.

Tully was more than onboard with that concept. While HRCC might be best known for their traditional hot rods, they’ve also always built race cars. Matter of fact, the ’63 Plymouth Savoy Super Stock that HRCC built won the title of World’s Fastest Nostalgia Super Stock at the Nitto tires NMCA/NMRA World Series. Of course, Tully had never tried his hand at building a road race car. He had reservations though: “It’s science and math, not black magic,” Tully told us. “Technology is technology; you just have to understand it.”