CAMARO Z/28.R AT ROAD ATLANTA: Home-track Pole in Finale for Andrew Davis
Fastest qualifier for second time this year in No. 6 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro
· Fifth pole in first season of competition for Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R with five victories this season
· Davis, Liddell enter final round second in GS driver championship
· Chevrolet chasing first CTSCC GS manufacturer championship
BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 2, 2014) – Andrew Davis drove the No. 6 Camaro Z/28.R to his second pole position of the season in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge on Thursday. Davis, from nearby Athens, set a lap of 1:31.647 (99.774 mph) on his first flying lap of qualifying at Road Atlanta in the Camaro Z/28.R that he shares with Robin Liddell.
Camaro Z/28.Rs qualified first, third and fourth in the Grand Sport (GS) class. Chevrolet stands second in the class’ Manufacturer standings and needs a victory in Friday’s season finale to have a chance to claim its first GS championship. BMW leads by seven points and had its best car qualify 14th. The race is set for 1:15 p.m. ET.
“Congratulations to Andrew Davis and Stevenson Motorsports on another pole-winning effort,” said Lisa Talarico, Chevrolet Program Manager for the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. “The first year of the Camaro Z/28.R program has produced numerous successes, and we are thrilled to see three Camaros on the front two rows for Friday’s final race of the season. We are confident and hopeful for another strong result.”
Eric Curran was third-fastest in qualifying for CKS Autosport in the No. 01 Camaro Z/28.R that he drives with Lawson Aschenbach. His best lap was a 1:32.096 (99.288 mph), followed by Matt Bell in the No. 9 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro Z/28.R at 1:32.326 (99.040 mph). Bell drives with Andy Lally, another Road Atlanta local who lives in Dacula, Georgia.
Davis and Liddell stand second in the GS Driver Championship and are five points out of the lead. A victory for Davis and Liddell coupled with a third-place finish for current leader Trent Hindman would give the Stevenson duo the GS title. The scenario is the same for the No. 6 Stevenson Camaro in the Team standings.
Developed alongside its production counterpart, the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R incorporates the same performance elements that make the 2014 Camaro Z/28 the most track-capable Camaro ever. To enhance grip, for example, the Z/28.R’s body shares the same downforce-generating aero package as the production model including: the front splitter, rear spoiler with wickerbill, and hood extractor vent, among other items. The Z/28.R is also powered by the same LS7 7.0L V-8 engine as the production Z/28 and employs the unique, helical-gear limited-slip rear differential found on the production model. It is standard in the Z/28, helping the driver put down more power to the pavement when exiting corners.
ANDREW DAVIS, NO. 6 STEVENSON MOTORSPORTS CAMARO Z/28.R – POLE WINNER:
“I just want to thank the Stevenson Motorsports guys. They did a great job – Pratt and Miller, Chevrolet… thanks everyone for all their support. We really had our Camaro Z/28.R dialed in for qualifying. We struggled a bit earlier on, but this team is just so professional. We put our heads down, worked together – Robin Liddell, Andy Ramsey and I all sat down and figured out how to find some time in the car, and we did it. One lap was all we needed, so it was good.”
ON HOW STARTING IN THE FRONT IS HUGE GIVEN TOMORROW’S WEATHER FORECAST: “It makes it more important than normal to be honest, because visibility is one of the worst things about driving in the rain. So I have the best seat in the house, and the clearest view out of my wind screen. That is going to help. Anybody that is mired back in the field is going to struggle because none of us have been out in the rain yet in these cars on this circuit, so the first few laps are going to be reconnaissance any way. Hopefully I will be doing that with a clean windshield. So it is big for the weather coming in; it is important.”
ERIC CURRAN, NO. 01 CKS AUTOSPORT CAMARO Z/28.R, QUALIFIED 3RD
ON HIS QUALIFYING EFFORT: “I’m really happy actually. This No. 01 CKS Autosport Team Chevy Z/28.R Camaro was really good. We only really got one solid lap in, but that was good enough for third. Congrats to the Stevenson guys for getting the pole. It looked like it worked out really well for those guys. Again, the CKS Autosport guys were working hard on this Camaro Z/28.R and it continues to show. We keep coming back, and fighting strong. We need a solid run to tomorrow to finish out the year.”
ON THE IMPORTANCE OF STARTING UP FRONT WITH WEATHER FORECAST: “Absolutely critical. If we are going to see some hard rain tomorrow, you want to start as close to the front as you can. The last thing you want to do is run in somebody’s draft with spray and everything coming right into your windshield. The closer you can be to the front, the better off you will be. P3 is good for us. We’ll line up right behind that No. 6 Camaro Z/28.R and do some nose-to-tail hopefully for the whole race.”
MATT BELL, NO. 9 STEVENSON MOTORSPORTS CAMARO Z/28.R, QUALIFIED 4TH
“We tried the same setup of the No. 6, and the complete opposite as well. We’re still running into some issue with our car. We’re going to keep looking at data on our car overnight and hope we can find a solution tomorrow for the race. Our goal is to help the No. 6 car get to a championship, and right now they’re in a perfect spot because the next contender made a bad gamble in qualifying and they’re starting 18th. We’re right where we need to be. I’ll play defense, and Andrew and Robin will run to the finish and hopefully see the checker first.”