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CAMARO Z/28.R AT KANSAS: Looking to Extend GS Podium Streak
Posted by: newsla on Jun 04, 2014 - 07:33 PM
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CAMARO Z/28.R AT KANSAS: Looking to Extend GS Podium Streak


The Camaro brand goes for its second straight Kansas Speedway victory as four Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R race cars head to the Midwest for the fifth round of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. On the strength of three consecutive podium finishes for the Camaro Z/28.R, Chevrolet stands second in the series’ Grand Sport (GS) manufacturer’s championship.

 

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The 2.37-mile, eight turn circuit speedway is the second of two speedway-road courses on the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge schedule. The first race of the season - and the debut of the Camaro Z/28.R - took place in late January at Daytona International Speedway. Since that time, the Camaro platform has greatly benefitted from development and track time.

Stevenson Motorsports - which won with the Camaro GS.R last year - scored a victory at Sebring in the Z/28.R’s second race with Andrew Davis and Robin Liddell driving the No. 6 entry. Eric Curran and Lawson Aschenbach in the No. 00 CKS Autosport Camaro came home second at Laguna Seca in the next round. Stevenson’s Andy Lally and Matt Bell were third at Lime Rock Park in a hard-fought battle in the No. 9 Camaro.

Lally and Bell moved up to sixth in the GS driver’s standings following Lime Rock. Chevrolet picked up two points on BMW and moved to within five points of the championship lead.

The driver pairings from Lime Rock will be the same at Kansas. And although a Camaro won last year’s race, the Z/28.R differs greatly from its predecessor in that it’s much closer to its production counterpart.

The 7.0-liter V8 motor matches the road-going Camaro Z/28, as do many of the aerodynamic elements including the splitter, rear spoiler, hood extract vent, rockers and belly pan. Those features provide the closest link between production Camaro and racing version Chevrolet has produced.

"Three straight podium finishes and a second-place standing in the GS championship is a great start for the Camaro Z/28.R," said Lisa Talarico, Chevrolet’s Program Manager for the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. "Kansas will be another tough fight due to a number of factors, the additional weight we carry being one. That does not change our goals, however. Our aim is to have multiple Camaro Z/28 cars on the podium at the end of the race and gain more ground in the championship."


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