Chevy Racing–CAMARO Z/28.R AT VIR: Championship Points at a Premium Three races remain in 2015 Grand Sport season

CAMARO Z/28.R AT VIR: Championship Points at a Premium
Three races remain in 2015 Grand Sport season

Chevrolet maintaining Grand Sport Manufacturer Championship lead
Stevenson Motorsports’ Davis, Liddell runners-up in 2014 at VIR
Three Camaro Z/28.Rs on VIR entry list

DETROIT (Aug. 19, 2015) – With seven races down and three to go, it’s crunch time for the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R teams in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season. The series moves this weekend to Virginia International Raceway with three Camaro Z/28.Rs entered for Saturday’s two-hour, 30-minute race.

Chevrolet leads the Grand Sport (GS) Manufacturer standings by nine points with 105 points available over the final three events. The Bowtie Brand is seeking its first GS title (and second in the series) after placing second the last two years and third in 2011 and 2012. The Camaro Z/28.R has won three times this season and has had at least one car on the podium in five of the seven events so far.

“VIR is a classic circuit that has a little bit of everything. It is a stern test for our Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R drivers, especially with the current Balance of Performance,” said Jim Lutz, Chevrolet’s Program Manager for the Camaro Z/28.R. “At Road America, our cars suffered a dramatic difference in straight-line speed compared to our competitors. We will face the same uphill battle this weekend. With three races left in this year’s GS championship, every position is critical. Our goal is to maximize the performance of our Camaro Z/28.Rs in the corners and under braking to offset the gap in top speed.”

Robin Liddell and Andrew Davis in Stevenson Motorsports’ No. 6 Camaro Z/28.R have led the GS Driver’s Championship since the second race of the season, which marked the start of a three-race winning streak. The duo finished second at VIR last year and led for six laps.

Matt Bell and Lawson Aschenbach in Stevenson Motorsports’ No. 9 Camaro Z/28.R hope to reverse a string of bad luck and return to the GS podium this weekend. Bell can tie the series’ record with his 13th career pole position this weekend.

In addition to Stevenson Motorsports’ two Camaro Z/28.Rs, Mantella Autosport will field its No. 80 MBRP Camaro Z/28.R for Kyle Marcelli and Martin Barkey – podium finishers in GS last year at VIR. They currently stand sixth in championship points and are 19 points out of a top-five championship position.

The Camaro Z/28.R won five times during its 2014 debut season. It is based on the road-going Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, and the two share considerable traits:
Engine and displacement (7.0-liter V-8, 427 cubic inches)
Front splitter and rear spoiler with wickerbill
Hood extractor vent
Rockers, wheel-house extension and front tire deflectors
Belly pan