CAMARO Z/28.R AT INDIANAPOLIS: Landmark Victory at Indy for Chevrolet Camaro
Davis, Liddell take third GS class victory of season for Stevenson Motorsports
· Fourth victory in debut season for Camaro Z/28.R
· Speedy pit work, driving key to victory for No. 6 Camaro
· Chevrolet extends GS manufacturer championship lead
INDIANAPOLIS (July 25, 2014) – The Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R kept its winning momentum as Andrew Davis and Robin Liddell won Friday’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It marked the third consecutive win for the Camaro Z/28.R in its first season and fourth on the year.
The victory extended Chevrolet’s lead in the Grand Sport (GS) manufacturer championship with four races left. Liddell won by 3.494 seconds as he and Davis took their third victory of the season.
“Congratulations to Robin Liddell and Andrew Davis on winning today’s Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” said Mark Kent, Chevrolet Director of Racing. “John Stevenson and his entire Stevenson Motorsports crew have worked tirelessly on the development of the Camaro Z/28.R with Chevrolet Racing and our technical partners. It is rewarding to see their hard work pay off with the fourth win for the organization, and the third win of the season for Robin and Andrew.”
The Stevenson crew had as much to do with the end result as Liddell and Davis. The top three cars pitted together with 50 minutes left, and quick pit work moved Liddell from second in the group to first. Once the class’ pit cycle completed, Liddell found himself leading by more than six seconds.
Davis qualified seventh but picked up four spots in his stint to open the race.
“That was a job well done by Robin, Andrew and the Stevenson Motorsports crew,” said Lisa Talarico, Chevrolet Program Manager for the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. “The last stop to move the No. 6 car into the lead was perfectly executed. That teamwork along with superb driving from Andrew and Robin were the perfect combination for another Camaro Z/28.R victory.”
Camaros ran 1-2-3 early in the race before chaos struck near the halfway point. Andy Lally in the No. 9 Stevenson Camaro was hit from behind by another GS competitor. The contact spun Lally around and into the side of Lawson Aschenbach in CKS Autosport’s No. 01 Camaro. Both the No. 9 and No. 01 had led in the early going during a nip-and-tuck battle between Matt Bell in the Stevenson entry and Eric Curran in the CKS Camaro Z/28.R.
The next round of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge is set for Saturday, Aug. 9 from Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
ROBIN LIDDELL, NO. 6 STEVENSON MOTORSPORT CAMARO Z/28.R
“After qualifying yesterday we were a little disappointed but we knew we had a good race car. Andrew getting up to third was a brilliant job and was exactly what we needed to do. From there on, I was able to keep the pressure on. A lot of our main competitors really took each other out for whatever reason. Getting this result at this track is brilliant. We’ve been close a couple of times.”
ANDREW DAVIS, NO. 6 STEVENSON MOTORSPORT CAMARO Z/28.R
“I’m at a loss for words. Winning at Indianapolis is something every little boy dreams of. It’s a big victory for us and a great day for us in points. These Stevenson Motorsports guys just fight and fight and fight. To be able to bring home a victory in the Camaro Z/28.R is fantastic and a great job. We didn’t qualify as well as we wanted so I had the bit between my teeth to try and move up. I actually lost a spot but from then on I focused on picking one spot off at a time. Everyone raced me clean and I was trying to do the same. We made a differential change after qualifying. So I think we had a car that was better over the long run because we were worried about rear tire wear. I’m really proud of these guys.”
LAWSON ASCHENBACH, NO. 01 CKS AUTOSPORT CAMARO Z/28.R
“We had a great car. Everybody at CKS Autosport did a fantastic job; we had a fast Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R. Eric (Curran) did a great job at the beginning of the race to get us up to the lead. He brought it in to the pits in first. We missed our pit window just a tick, and the Stevenson guys got ahead of us, but we were still basically running third on track when everything cycled through. We were really happy with the car. The car was really fast. It is really unfortunate that stuff happens in racing sometimes. It has kind of defined our season; just bad luck. We are all fighters, we are all professionals. We’ll just put it back together, and go to the next race and try to get on the top step of the podium.”