Full Name: John W. Heinricy
Residence: Royal Oak, Michigan
Marital Status: Married (Rita)
Corvette Racing 1999
John W. Heinricy was appointed Director of High Performance Vehicle Operations for GM Performance Division in April 2002.
Heinricy is responsible for production engineering of low volume, high performance versions of GM cars and trucks.
Heinricy began his General Motors career as a college-graduate-in-training with Chevrolet Motor Division in Warren, Mich. after received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 1970. He was named experimental engineer with Chevrolet in 1972, and in 1976 was promoted to senior experimental engineer.
In 1979, Heinricy was named development engineer with Chevrolet at the Milford (Mich.) Proving Grounds, and became assistant staff engineer at Milford in 1981. In 1985, he was promoted to product engineering manager for the Chevrolet-Pontiac-GM of Canada Engineering Group and received a master’s in business administration from Michigan State University.
Heinricy became vehicle development manager for the Corvette platform in 1989 and was a member of a team of Corvette ZR-1 drivers who, in 1990, set three world land speed records and nine FIA international speed records at Ft. Stockton, Texas. In May of 1993, Heinricy was appointed continuous improvement manager for the Chevrolet Corvette. And in July of 1995, he was appointed total vehicle integration engineer for the Corvette at the Midsize and Luxury Car Group. He became chief engineer for the Camaro and Firebird in 1997 and the director of vehicle dynamics for GM cars and trucks in 2001.
Heinricy has been very active racing Chevrolet Corvettes, Camaros, and Pontiac Firebirds professionally since 1984 and has won seven driving championships and several team championships. Heinricy drove one of the C5R Corvette race cars in the first two races for Corvette Racing, Daytona and Sebring in 1999.
In almost 250 professional road races in his career, he has driven only one car for three races not powered by a GM engine. A living legend to Corvette owners around the world for his working career’s development of the car they love so much, and his success racing them.
Thirty-nine professional racing wins in 7 series. 1989 IMSA Firestone Firehawk and SCCA Escort Endurance championships in the same year for different teams. 1996-97 IMSA Endurance Champion in Pontiac Firebirds, winning the ’97 title on the last lap of the season. Ultra-successful in SCCA Club Racing, too, with nine SCCA National Championships at the Runoffs — 1993 in GT-1, 2001-02-03-04-05 in T-1 class, and 2003-04-05 in American Sedan.
In 2006 Heinricy raced in Europe in the FIA GT3 series in a Corvette C6 Z06 GT3.
He is so dedicated to racing that his 1993 marriage to his wife, Rita, took place in the paddock at Sebring!
Courtesy of Nigel S. Dobbie, Author of Corvette Racing: The GT1 Years