Gary Gross & Patrick Vareika

Gary Gross Racing   //   2018 Lightning Chassis #117, aka "The Bruce Ramstad Special" SBC 220 CNC Solid Roller Heads

Gary Gross & Patrick Vareika

  • Born   June 8th
  • Hometown   Hamilton, Ohio

What's your career highlights?

Started racing at age 13 in go karts with the Ohio Valley Karting Association.  Followed by racing sprint car at Eldora speedway, Limited Late Model dirt car at Volusia and the open wheel modified across eastern United States.

All three drivers in team have won track championships at Volusia Speedway Park.

What's your biggest moment?

Winning 11 out of 21 races and season championship in open wheel modifieds at Volusia Speedway Park.


2018 Lightning Chassis #117, aka "The Bruce Ramstad Special"

  • Head:   SBC 220 CNC Solid Roller
  • Cubic Inches:   377
  • Cam:   Howard's 4/7 swap roller
  • RPM: 8000
  • Compression Ratio:   12 to 1
  • Additional Upgrades:   Scat crank and rods, Icon pistons, Edelbrock super victor intake, Pro systems E-85 carburetor, Kevko box oil pan

Gary Gross Racing

  • Team Members:   Gary Gross, Pat Gross, Patrick Vareika
  • Home Track:   Volusia Speedway Park, Barbersville Florida
  • Racing Series:   Open Wheel Dirt Modified Class. Mostly UMP sanctioning body races.

Other Information

About Driver Patrick Vareika

Patrick Michael Vareika March 24, 1970. Patrick was born into a racing family with his grandfather Robert Shaffer racing the dirt tracks of upstate New York. He then would pit crew for his uncle Wray Shaffer racing modifieds & late models on the asphalt & dirt tracks of central Florida. During that time Patrick worked with his uncle learning how to build the cars from the ground up, creating the Shaffer Built chassis. Patrick’s first ride was the 117 hobby stock that he built himself at the age of 27. Having some success there, together he and his uncle built another 117 hobby stock that Patrick took a second in points the first season. He followed that up in 1999 winning his first track championship at Volusia Speedway Park. Catching the eye of “Snuffy” Cavender he drove the 11 street stock to consecutive second in points during the 2000 & 2001 racing seasons at Volusia Speedway Park.  In 2003 Patrick drove for Dean & Cindy Totten in the Z84 hobby stock for 5 years. Having much success with multiple feature victories, second and fourth in points and another track championship at Volusia Speedway Park. Patrick then took a few years off to raise his daughters Samantha Jo & Amanda Jo. During that time the track kept calling, he would help out pit crewing and driving from time to time for his Volusia Speedway Park racing family. Currently Patrick is behind the wheel of the 117 Lightening Chassis modified for Gary & Pat Gross. In his first full season back on the track he finished 3rd in points at Volusia Speedway Park.

Car #117.

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