In 1972, Rocky got his first race car on the track. It was a 1962 Chevy II Nova that he bought from Bernie Papesh and Denny Matis. He named it Solid Rock. In late 1973 he started building a 1972 Camaro for the A/Gas class. He got the car on the track in 1975 but the Gas class had been eliminated so he ran ET brackets with it.
In 1978, he bought his first funny car, a Pinto. He ran this car in ET 1, Run Tuff Eliminator, Super Comp and finally with the Midwest Injected Funny Car Circuit. In 1985, Rocky became a charter member of the MIFCA and later served seven terms as president of the organization
In 2008, The Solid Rock Mustang debuted with the Great Lakes Nostalgia Funny Car Association. Since then we have run the car at tracks as far away as Bristol, TN., Lancaster, NY., and Grand Bend Canada.
In 1988, he ran a 1982 Corvette funny car and switched to a blower in 1993 to run with the Midwest Funny Car Association. The association's name was changed when the association voted to allow blowers. Rocky ran the Corvette til 1997 and then took a break from racing after the Corvette was destroyed by high winds. In the early 2000's a 1932 Bantam body was put on the car and it was run just a few times.
Starring: Rocky Ausec
When Rocky finished high school he had a 55 Chevy that he had hoped to turn into a race car. That project was put on hold when he was called to serve in the United States Army.
After returning home after a tour of duty in Vietnam, Rocky started helping some friends with their cars. He did finally race the aforementioned 55 Chevy for the first time at Oswego Dragway in 1969.
Rocky Ausec started his racing career at the age of six racing a quarter midget that his Dad, William J. Ausec, built for his older brother Bill. His dad then built a slightly larger car for Rocky and he raced that for two years before outgrowing it.