Owner Profile: Dominic LoSasso, Arvada, Colorado.
Since I can remember, I’ve had an admiration for Dodge and Chrysler vehicles. It’s not hard to see why - I grew up surrounded by them. My grandfather sold Chrysler products for 30 years, and my dad owned a number of Mopars, including a few Dusters, Darts and Challengers.
My love for the latest-generation Dodge Challenger began by seeing pictures of the prototype in magazines and on the internet. The passion escalated in March 2008, when I saw the actual production SRT8 in HEMI® Orange on a rotating display at the Denver Auto Show. I stood and watched this beast rotate before my eyes. I fell in love with everything about it. It was amazing that a production car was so true to the 1970s version. It was equally retro, and used modern technology.
About six months later, I saw a Deep Red R/T at a local Dodge dealer and had an urge to pull in and get my first up-close and personal look at it. Later that year, my dad purchased a 2009 HEMI Orange Dodge Challenger R/T. The first time I saw it in person, I noticed more about the Challenger, including its dual exhaust, its smooth, long, streamlined body and its sleek recessed headlights. It became an obsession to learn as much as I could about this car.
In late 2009, I was financially able to buy a 2009 B5 Blue R/T Classic. It was fully loaded and satisfied my every driving need - that is, until I saw Jay Leno test drive a Green with Envy SRT8. I traded in my 2009 R/T Classic for my 2011 Green with Envy Dodge Challenger SRT8 in July 2011.
I look forward to putting my SRT8 through its performance paces. As I recently told a fellow SRT owner, “If you have a boat, you take it to the water. If you have an SRT, you take it to the track.”
First Mopar My first Mopar was a 1982 Dodge Charger that I bought when I was 17. The condition of the vehicle didn’t live up to the Charger name, but it was a great car and got great gas mileage. I have also had a 2000 Inferno Red Dodge Stratus, a 2003 Black Metallic Chrysler Sebring LX, a 2006 Blue Metallic Chrysler 300 and the beautiful 2009 B5 Blue Dodge Challenger R/T.
Mopar garage Currently, I own a 2011 “Green with Envy” Dodge Challenger SRT8. It has been everything I hoped it would be. The power is amazing, even at mile-high altitude.
Favorite stretch of road There is a route that our club drives every fall in Colorado for our annual fall color tour. It takes you though the foothills via I-70 up to the mountains, through the towns of Central City and Nederland and then back down a curvy canyon into Boulder. The beautiful stretch of road takes about an hour to complete.
Farthest you've driven to meet with a fellow car enthusiast The farthest I’ve ever driven is about 50 miles. I haven’t been able to attend any of the larger meets across the country, but hope to do so soon.
Racing or cruising Since purchasing my SRT8 in July 2011, I’ve been to a couple of local cruises, but have yet to have the opportunity to do much performance-based driving. Over the next year, I plan to take my SRT to Bandimere Speedway on an open track night. I also look forward to taking it to the High Plains Raceway just east of Denver for a half-day unlimited lap experience. I had a blast with my Challenger R/T when I took it to a similar track.
Badge of loyalty I am new to the SRT brand, but not new to what Chrysler has built. I have become increasingly impressed with the upgrades I have received with my 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8. It feels like a night and day difference from my 2009 Challenger R/T Classic. When I owned my R/T, I had custom jackets and helmet graphics made to commemorate my father and my first road race.
In July 2011, a core group of 10 Colorado Challenger owners from ChallengerTalk.com created the Colorado Challenger Club, which has doubled in size since it was formed. We charge no fees or dues, and allow members to come and go as they please. What drives the club is our passion for all years and models of the Dodge Challenger, though most of us have late model versions.
Our most recent cruise pulled in a beautiful line of 18 Challengers of all years, models and colors. In the future, the club plans larger events such as a holiday hauling of presents for underprivileged children, group meets at the track and getting the green Challengers together and driving in Denver’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Online hangouts My username is B5Classic at ChallengerTalk.com