Category Archives: Chevrolet Racing

CORVETTE RACING AT DAYTONA: Magnussen Sets Early GTLM Pace

CORVETTE RACING AT DAYTONA: Magnussen Sets Early GTLM Pace

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 6, 2017) – Jan Magnussen in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R posted the fastest GT Le Mans (GTLM) time on the first day of the Roar Before the 24 at Daytona International Raceway.

The 2015 Rolex 24 At Daytona GTLM co-winner set Friday’s best GTLM lap of 1:44.760 (122.3 mph) in the Corvette that he will share with Antonio Garcia and Mike Rockenfeller. The trio finished second in last year’s Rolex 24 – just 0.034 seconds behind the No. 4 Corvette C7.R of Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Marcel Fässler.

The Roar Before the 24 continues Saturday and Sunday.

JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “We had a good test in the middle of December and got to try some stuff that we thought might work here. Tomorrow and Sunday we are going to try and put all of that together to see if we can improve on the racecar. In the past the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R has been a good car, a fast car here at Daytona. Hopefully we can improve a little bit on that and see what that gets us. So far, the feeling is good. I think everyone in the team is quite happy with the progress that we are making and hopefully, we can make a little bit more even though tomorrow looks a little iffy weather-wise.”

ON SETTING FAST TIME IN THE MORNING SESSION: “I think this morning it was a little cooler and maybe there was a little bit more wind, which gave a better top speed across start/finish. That was the same for everybody. I got to go in the car right at the end of this afternoon session, but it wasn’t a real attempt; it was just a chance for me to feel the changes that had been made this afternoon. It’s difficult to say. It cooled down again but to me, the track felt similar. I think in general and also in the December test, the track did feel faster in the morning.”

ON THE COMPETITION IN THE GTLM CLASS: “It seems to me that every year we think it’s the toughest field out there and then the year after it just gets even tougher and that is also what has happened this year. The field is very close together. This time we are dealing with four Fords and they are all fast. This is early days. There are two more days of testing and then it’s the race week, but I do think that we are going to have a race like we have had in the last couple where the GTLM field is going to be right there with each other for the majority of the race.”

CORVETTE RACING AT DAYTONA: Roaring Toward Chance at Three Straight Wins Three-day test at Daytona for three-time Rolex 24 class winner

CORVETTE RACING AT DAYTONA: Roaring Toward Chance at Three Straight Wins
Three-day test at Daytona for three-time Rolex 24 class winner

First step toward defending Manufacturer’s, Driver’s and Team’s championships
All six Corvette Racing endurance drivers set to attend
Corvette Racing finished 1-2 in 2016, separated by just 0.034 seconds at finish

DETROIT (Jan. 4, 2017) – It’s time for Corvette Racing to again head back to the high banks of Daytona International Speedway for the first testing laps of 2017. The offseason hasn’t been much of one for the defending GT Le Mans (GTLM) titlists in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. But offseason becomes preseason with this weekend’s Roar Before the 24 and the prelude to the 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona. Continue reading CORVETTE RACING AT DAYTONA: Roaring Toward Chance at Three Straight Wins Three-day test at Daytona for three-time Rolex 24 class winner

Corvette Racing Brings Back Rockenfeller, Fässler for Daytona, Sebring Pair was part of last season’s long-distance lineup in premier IMSA events

Corvette Racing Brings Back Rockenfeller, Fässler for Daytona, Sebring
Pair was part of last season’s long-distance lineup in premier IMSA events

DETROIT (Dec. 12, 2016) – Consistency and familiarity are themes of the 2017 Corvette Racing program, and it is no different with the selection of drivers for North America’s opening pair of premier endurance races. As was the case in 2016, Mike Rockenfeller and Marcel Fässler will join Corvette Racing’s four full-season drivers to recreate an All-Star lineup that will contest the Rolex 24 At Daytona and Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
Continue reading Corvette Racing Brings Back Rockenfeller, Fässler for Daytona, Sebring Pair was part of last season’s long-distance lineup in premier IMSA events

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Dale Jr

TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
DALE EARNHARDT, JR. AND RICK HENDRICK
DECEMBER 9, 2016

DALE EARNHARDT, JR. DRIVER OF THE NO. 88 CHEVROLET SS AND RICK HENDRICK, OWNER OF HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS, spoke with members of the media via teleconference today to discuss Dale’s return to the seat of the No. 88 Chevrolet SS for on-track competition in 2017. Full Transcript:

WELCOME BACK. YOU TESTED DARLINGTON ON WEDNESDAY, WHICH WAS THE FINAL STEP BEFORE BEING MEDICALLY CLEARED FOR COMPETITION. HOW DID IT FEEL TO BE BACK BEHIND THE WHEEL OF A RACECAR AND HOW DID THE TEST GO OVERALL FROM YOUR PERSPECTIVE? Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Dale Jr

‘Full-Season Four’ Return to Corvette Racing for 2017

‘Full-Season Four’ Return to Corvette Racing for 2017
Team relying on consistency in driver lineup for IMSA, Le Mans programs

Gavin, Milner defending IMSA GT Le Mans Driver’s Champions
Garcia, Magnussen eager to challenge for GTLM title
All four drivers are past IMSA Driver’s Champions
Chevrolet’s flagship GT team won five times in 2016

DETROIT (Dec. 7, 2016) – After sweeping all six GT Le Mans titles in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2016 and winning five times, Corvette Racing confirmed today that its full-season driver roster will remain unchanged for the upcoming 2017 racing season. Continue reading ‘Full-Season Four’ Return to Corvette Racing for 2017

2016 CHAMPIONSHIP REWIND: Brian Hoye and Chuck Houghton

2016 CHAMPIONSHIP REWIND: Brian Hoye and Chuck Houghton
No. 4 Corvette C7.R car chief and lead engineer debrief on magical GTLM title season

Winning a title in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship takes the utmost level of skill and teamwork… both behind the wheel and behind the wall. Chuck Houghton and Brian Hoye – lead engineer and car chief, respectively, on Corvette Racing’s No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R – were key pieces to the team’s title-winning season, along with their fellow engineers and crew members. The two discuss their thoughts on a season that brought four victories and the GT Le Mans Driver’s, Manufacturer’s and Team championships in 2016. Continue reading 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP REWIND: Brian Hoye and Chuck Houghton

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Homestead–Post Race Quotes

CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP
SEASON FINALE
FORD ECOBOOST 400
HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY POST RACE NOTES AND QUOTES
NOVEMBER 20, 2016

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S CHEVROLET SS – RACE WINNER AND CHAMPION
DID YOU EVER DREAM THIS WOULD BE POSSIBLE?
“Oh my gosh, there is no, no way on earth. Just beyond words. Just didn’t think the race was unfolding for us like we needed to do to be the champs, but we just kept our heads in the game. Chad called a great strategy, made some great adjustments for the short runs. Luck came our way and we were able to win the race and win the championship. I wouldn’t be here without so many people believing in me and giving me this chance; from my dirt days – my parents first and foremost, my brothers, my wife and family today. Car owners, sponsors, Chevrolet, Lowe’s, so many amazing people along the way that believed in me to give me this chance. Jeff Gordon, Rick Hendrick, all the men and women at Hendrick Motorsports for working so hard to get these cars fast and giving me an awesome 15 years with the company. Just thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. So thrilled to be in this moment and so grateful for the opportunity and so thankful and blessed. I am at a loss for words.” Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Homestead–Post Race Quotes

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Homestead–Post Race

CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP
SEASON FINALE
FORD ECOBOOST 400
HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY POST RACE RECAP
NOVEMBER 20, 2016

Jimmie Johnson Wins Record-Tying Seventh NASCAR Championship
Clinches With Victory in Season-Finale’ at Homestead

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (November 20, 2016) – Jimmie Johnson defeated three to tie two to be the one. Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS, won the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series finale’ to outpace the other three drivers in the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday to earn his seventh series championship, tying a NASCAR record held by Hall-of-Famers Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr. Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Homestead–Post Race

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Homestead–Post Race

CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP
SEASON FINALE
FORD ECOBOOST 400
HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY POST RACE NOTES AND QUOTES
NOVEMBER 20, 2016

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S CHEVROLET SS – RACE WINNER AND 2016 NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES CHAMPION

DID YOU EVER DREAM THIS WOULD BE POSSIBLE?
“Oh my gosh, there is no, no way on earth. Just beyond words. Just didn’t think the race was unfolding for us like we needed to do to be the champs, but we just kept our heads in the game. Chad called a great strategy, made some great adjustments for the short runs. Luck came our way and we were able to win the race and win the championship. I wouldn’t be here without so many people believing in me and giving me this chance. From my dirt days – my parents first and foremost. My brothers. My wife and family today. Car owners, sponsors, Chevrolet, Lowe’s, so many amazing people along the way that believed in me to give me this chance. Jeff Gordon, Rick Hendrick, all the men and women at Hendrick Motorsports for working so hard to get these cars fast and giving me an awesome 15 years with the company. Just thank you. From the bottom of my heart. Thank you. So thrilled to be in this moment., So grateful for the opportunity and so thankful and blessed. I am at a loss for words. Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Homestead–Post Race

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Homestead–Jimmie Johnson

CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP
SEASON FINALE
FORD 400
HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY FINAL PRACTICE QUOTES
NOVEMBER 19, 2016

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S CHEVROLET SS – FINAL PRACTICE QUOTES
HOW WAS YOUR FINAL PRACTICE SESSION? WAS THERE ANY DAMAGE FROM THE HOSE YOU HIT?
“No, no damage from the hose, just a little scratch. With the car we really hit on some things in the final practice. Driving much better, great speed, short run speed, long run speed, we made some good improvements there at the end of that.”

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THIS EVENING?
“Probably just go for a run and chill out after that. Eat and watch the Xfinity race and try to fall asleep early.”

HOW LONG OF A RUN ARE YOU GOING FOR?
“It’s got to be seven. I’ve just got something with that number.”

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Homestead–Jim Campbell

CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP
SEASON FINALE
FORD 400
HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY
NOVEMBER 19, 2016

JIM CAMPBELL, CHEVROLET U.S. VICE PRESIDENT OF PERFORMANCE VEHICLES AND MOTORSPORTS, participated in an OEM (Original Engine Manufacturer) press conference with fellow executives from the two other manufacturers that are competing for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Full Transcript:

THE MODERATOR: Good afternoon, everyone. Welcome to Homestead‑Miami Speedway. Looking forward to the weekend.

We have Jim Campbell, vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports for GM, Dave Pericak, director of Ford Performance, and Ed Laukes, vice president of integrated marketing operations for Toyota Motor Sales USA. Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Homestead–Jim Campbell

Johnny Sauter Wins 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship

Johnny Sauter Wins 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship
Chevrolet Tradition Runs Deep in Truck Series as Bowtie Brand Earns 13th Driver’s Title

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – (November 18, 2016) Johnny Sauter continued Chevrolet’s winning tradition in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) by capturing his first Championship with a third-place finish in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Since the inception of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) in 1995, Chevrolet and Silverado have been competing for wins and championships. Sauter is the 13th NCWTS driver in Chevrolet’s storied history to take the Bowtie Brand to the Championship Stage.
Continue reading Johnny Sauter Wins 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Homestead Qualifying Notes

CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP
SEASON FINALE
FORD 400
HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY QUALIFYING NOTES AND QUOTES
NOVEMBER 18, 2016

KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 4 JIMMY JOHN’S CHEVROLET SS – POLE WINNER
“I am just so proud of everybody on this Jimmy John’s Chevrolet team. They want to come to the race track and bring good race cars and perform well. Just real proud of that. I didn’t know if we had a chance at the pole with as fast as the No. 24 (Chase Elliott) had been. But I knew if we could just run the same speed every round, that is half the battle because you never know how much it is going to slow down for everybody else, and it doesn’t take much to make a mistake. Really proud of everybody on our Jimmy John’s team. Have to thank everyone at Hendricks Engines and Chassis and everybody at Stewart-Haas Racing and Tony Stewart for one last race. It will be weird not to see him on the race track next year.” Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Homestead Qualifying Notes

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Homestead–Qualifying

CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP
SEASON FINALE
FORD 400
HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY QUALIFYING PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPTS
NOVEMBER 18, 2016

Kevin Harvick Puts Chevrolet On the Pole at Homestead
Chevrolet SS Drivers Secure Five of Top-12 Starting Spots

Homestead, Fla. – (November 18, 2016) – Kevin Harvick won the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The driver of the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS posted a quick time of 30.399 seconds/177.637 mph to secure his 17th career pole award and his second top start of the season. Sunday’s 400-mile race will mark the first time that the Stewart-Haas Racing driver will lead the field to the green flag at Homestead. Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Homestead–Qualifying

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Homestead–Chip Ganassi

CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP
SEASON FINALE
FORD 400
HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
NOVEMBER 18, 2016

CHIP GANASSI, TEAM OWNER, CHIP GANASSI RACING, met with members of the media to discuss the addition of Tyler Reddick to the CGR Xfinity Series team. Partial Transcript:

ON TONY STEWART:
“He drove for us at Indy one day, did a great job. You know you get involved in this business and you meet people along the way and I’m just sorry we didn’t work harder to do more with him as a driver with our team. Obviously the opportunity didn’t present itself from time to time, but did an outstanding job and I think had a real shot at the Indy 500 that day. We just had a bad pit stop and couldn’t get him out of the pits and that was the end of the day. Did a great job for us and it was kind of before doing the double had all the excitement or the interest from everybody that it has today. I think it was 2001 when we did that and I’m just sorry we didn’t work harder to have him around more. It is 2001 and it just seems like it was a couple of years ago.”
Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Homestead–Chip Ganassi

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Homestead–Jimmie Johnson

CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP
SEASON FINALE
FORD 400
HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
NOVEMBER 17, 2016

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S CHEVROLET SS, met with members of the media at Championship Media Day at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel and discussed a variety of topics. Full Transcript:

Q. Have you talked to NASCAR at all about pit road yet? Have you gotten any clarity from last Sunday?

JIMMIE JOHNSON: There’s been quite a few voicemails back and forth. They were traveling Monday. We were in New York Tuesday. So I haven’t had that chance. There’s been enough texting and voice mails back and forth communicating, so I have a better understanding.

I still look forward to tomorrow and understand what would lead to that again in the future, and how aggressive they’re going to be in calling that week after week, stop after stop. Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Homestead–Jimmie Johnson

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Homestead–Chad Knaus

CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP
SEASON FINALE
FORD 400
HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
NOVEMBER 16, 2016

CHAD KNAUS, CREW CHIEF, NO. 48 LOWE’S CHEVROLET SS, met with members of the media via teleconference today to discuss this weekend’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, winning a seventh series title and many other topics. Full Transcript:

THE MODERATOR: We are now joined by Chad Knaus, crew chief for Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet at Hendrick Motorsports.

Chad, thank you for joining. You and Jimmie have won six championships together, but this is the first time the team will race for the championship under the new Chase structure. Does it feel any different heading into this weekend as part of the Championship Four as you look for a record‑tying seventh championship? Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Homestead–Chad Knaus

CHEVROLET ENTERS SEASON FINALE AT HOMESTEAD WITH THREE OPPORTUNITIES TO SECURE SERIES TITLES

CHEVROLET ENTERS SEASON FINALE AT HOMESTEAD WITH THREE OPPORTUNITIES TO SECURE SERIES TITLES

Jimmie Johnson Looking to Win Historic Seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Title
Elliott Sadler and Justin Allgaier Ready to Battle for Xfinity Series Championship
Johnny Sauter in Contention for Title in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

DETROIT – (November 15, 2016) – In the immortal words of rap superstar Eminem: “If you only had one shot or one opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted in one moment, would you capture it or just let it slip away?”

This weekend Chevrolet has one opportunity to capitalize on the chance to win the brand’s 31st NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) driver’s title. Jimmie Johnson is the lone Chevrolet SS driver headed into this weekend’s Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a shot at winning this season’s
NSCS championship. The six-time series title holder and his Chad Knaus-led No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS team are looking to make history by winning a record-tying seventh championship. If Johnson gets the title, he will join the elite ranks of Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt, Sr. as only the third driver in the history of the Sprint Cup Series with seven championship rings. Continue reading CHEVROLET ENTERS SEASON FINALE AT HOMESTEAD WITH THREE OPPORTUNITIES TO SECURE SERIES TITLES

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Homestead Prerace

CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP
SEASON FINALE
FORD 400
HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
NOVEMBER 15, 2016

Doug Duchardt, General Manager of Hendrick Motorsports, participated in a NASCAR Teleconference this afternoon to discuss Jimmie Johnson’s , No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS, contention as part of this year’s Championship Four who will battle for the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Full Transcript:

THE MODERATOR: We’ll be joined for the next hour by our Sprint Cup Series Championship Four team principals. First we have Doug Duchardt, general manager of Hendrick Motorsports. Doug, Jimmie Johnson is going for a record‑tying seventh Sprint Cup Series Championship. What would a seventh championship with Jimmie and the No. 48 team mean to Hendrick Motorsports? Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Homestead Prerace

Chevy Racing–NHRA–Pomona Post Race Quotes

CHEVROLET RACING IN NATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATION
AUTO CLUB NHRA FINALS
AUTO CLUB RACEWAY AT POMONA, CALIFORNIA
POST-RACE DRIVER QUOTES
NOV. 13, 2016

An interview with Pro Stock champion JASON LINE, KB RACING, SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT CHEVROLET CAMARO SS:

Q: HOW HUGE IS THIS?

JASON LINE: “I can’t put it into words. I’m a boring guy; I don’t like pressure. To have it come down to the end like this is hard on my heart. It was a great year and I want to thank all our competitors. They did a great job and made us work hard right to the end. And I want to thank all the Summit folks, (team owner) Ken Black. It’s been an incredible, dream season and I can’t believe I didn’t mess it up.” Continue reading Chevy Racing–NHRA–Pomona Post Race Quotes