Chevy Racing–CAMARO Z/28.R AT VIR: Runner-up Finish Moves Liddell, Davis into GS Championship Lead

CAMARO Z/28.R AT VIR: Runner-up Finish Moves Liddell, Davis into GS Championship Lead
Second place for No. 6 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro; Taylor, Curran place fifth for CKS Autosport

· Liddell, Davis lead GS driver points for first time this season

· All three Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R entries led at VIR

· Chevrolet extends lead in GS manufacturer standings

ALTON, Va. (Aug. 23, 2014) – Stevenson Motorsports’ pairing of Robin Liddell and Andrew Davis finished second Saturday in the Grand Sport (GS) class of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge at Virginia International Raceway. The result extended Chevrolet’s lead in the GS manufacturer championship, and the Davis/Liddell pairing moved into the lead of the GS driver standings. The No. 6 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro also now leads in team points with two races left in the season.

Eric Curran and class pole-winner Jordan Taylor were fifth in CKS Autosport’s No. 01 Camaro Z/28.R. All three Camaros – including the No. 9 Stevenson entry of Andy Lally and Matt Bell – led during the race.

“Today was an incredible day with the Camaro Z/28.R,” said Lisa Talarico, Chevrolet Program Manager for the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. “Congratulations go to Andrew Davis and Robin Liddell for their runner-up finish and moving into the lead of the driver’s championship. Leaving VIR with the lead in all three GS championships is a great accomplishment but a lot of racing remains in front of us with two events to go.”

Davis began the race at the back of the GS field – 21st place overall – after the No. 6 Camaro was found to have a non-compliant air restrictor in post-qualifying inspection Friday. Davis moved into the top-10 after 12 laps and pitted six laps later during the first caution period. The strategy call worked in favor of the No. 6 team as the race went green the rest of the way.

Taylor, making his first start in the series since 2012, ran second for the first 20 laps of his stint and led his final four before handing over to Curran. Pit cycles dropped the CKS entry to 12th place before Curran worked his way back into the top-five with three laps to go.

The next round of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge is set for 12:20 p.m. CT on Friday, Sept. 19 from Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas.

“I had to be smart. I was opportunistic at first and picked one car off at a time. It steadied out for awhile but I was able to keep pace. We decided to stay out on the early yellow and that brought me in a position where we were able to move up and ran first for quite awhile. I used myself up because I didn’t use a cool suit and ran out of water. That wasn’t the plan; the plan was for Robin to have the cool suit and have a long run. But I’m glad I was able to keep in the top-three and bring it in to Robin. He did a phenomenal job as always. Man… what a great day for points! I’m so glad and proud of the team.”

“We were going for the win. We just didn’t have enough rear grip coming off the slow stuff. Kris (Wilson) was fighting very hard at the end also with a lack of grip but he just had the edge on us out on the back straight. There were a couple of laps where I thought I could get a run but a couple of ST cars were fighting and blocked half the track so I had to just tuck in behind them. We were alongside into turns 13 and 14 a couple of laps prior but Kris drove a great race with no mistakes. We didn’t have quite enough to get ahead. But we’re very happy to get second and getting the points lead is a bonus.”

“The plan was basically to stay out of trouble in the first stint. These races can get pretty crazy and I wanted to hand the car over in one piece. We were in the top-two for the first stint. Lally got by me but I was able to stay with him and save the car. Once we got back out front we had great pace until we pitted. I’m not sure what happened with strategy but we fell back to seventh and Eric got us back in the top-five. So overall, it wasn’t a bad day.”

“Overall it was kind of a weird day. Jordan did a great job early and ran second behind the Stevenson Camaro. Our CKS Camaro Z/28.R ran great all day. The Stevenson car pitted, we went to first and Jordan ran a great rest of his stint. We had perfect pit stops – the best two we’ve done all year. They nailed it but we pitted later than the other guys had pitted 10 or 15 minutes earlier and they caught up. We banked on a yellow coming out but it never did. It’s still a top-five so you can’t complain. I felt like we had a podium car but it is what it is. The guys did a great job.”

“We had an incredible Camaro Z/28.R. We went from fourth to the lead in the first three laps and were able to open it up. I had a good, fun run. With these races, as uncomfortable as they are in the car in the heat, they are that much fun to drive when the tires are going off and everyone is slipping and sliding all over the place. It really brings a lot of driving and strategy into play. Ben Johnson (engineer) did an awesome job working with Matt and I to get us a car that was going to be good over a stint. We had that. By lap three, you’re managing tires and we were able to keep it under us.”