Vincent Allegretta was competitively racing at the ripe age of 11 years old, and ever since then, he hasn’t been able to shake the racing bug.The Hampton Bays native, who marked his 40th birthday this past Halloween, has certainly stepped his game up from motocross, though. Allegretta, who has owned V. Allegretta Electrical Corp. in Hampton Bays for 10 years, has been road racing vehicles at various tracks throughout the Northeast for the past three years, and he’s found success.
In the final competition of the season, which runs from April to October, Allegretta won the Super Unlimited class on the Thunderbolt course at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey, on October 25 and 26. He was in his 2002 tube-chassis Camaro, a car that’s made specifically for a race course, and similar to NASCAR’s, it has a Fiberglas body.
Allegretta finished the 30-minute race 38.7 seconds ahead of the second-place car, and his best lap was clocked at 1:23.768. Although there were only six cars in his class, Allegretta raced against 40 other vehicles from different classes, which made things more difficult.
“I was really, really happy to end the season with a victory and not having any car problems,” he said.
Allegretta had some issues with his vehicle during testing on the Friday before the races started. He and his teammate, Jake Parrott, who owns and operates JRS Motorsports out of Bridgton, Maine, thought they had worked out all the kinks by the end of the day, but they weren’t sure, since they couldn’t get out on the track. They were able to practice before their late-afternoon start time though the following day, and the car ran smoothly.
Parrott actually held the lead in the race Allegretta won, until he and the second-place car spun out of control. Allegretta, running third at the time, seized the opportunity and took first place. He was able to hold on to first place on the second day of racing that following Sunday.
“Vin didn’t make any mistakes. He ran a great race and walked away with it,” Parrott said.
“Vin is a great guy,” he continued. “He’s easygoing, a great teammate, and he’s got [racing] in his blood. He’s humble, a clean racer, a sportsman, but he’s not going to give you anything. He’s got a very good feeling for the race-craft and he’s competitive in whatever he’s racing.”
Allegretta started to get himself into road races around 2008 to 2009 when he began the High Performance Driving Experience, where mentors teach students how to race their cars on closed-course tracks. In 2011, Allegretta received his pro license for racing with the National Auto Sport Association, and he hasn’t stopped since.
Allegretta won his first pro race this past Fourth of July weekend at Lime Rock Park in Salisbury, Connecticut, in the same Camaro. He took off in August to prepare for a race on September 20, back at Lime Rock, where he placed eighth out of the 33-car field in the trans-am series, against cars similar to his Camaro, such as Mustangs and Pontiacs.
“I was hoping for a top-15 finish. Being in the top 10 was just phenomenal,” Allegretta said.
Now that he’s in the offseason, Allegretta will spend more time with his wife, Tina, and their 16-month-old twins, Vincent and Lilianna. He is thinking, for the first time, of taking a few weekend trips down to Florida to keep his racing edge. Racing for Allegretta makes up for his void of adrenaline-releasing pursuits throughout the work week.
“It gives me that thrill-seeking of adrenaline,” he said. “I love the speed and the competition, and the best part about it is that your biggest competitor would give you the shirt off their backs to help you. It’s just a great group of guys, and girls.”