How was your weekend? Was it a winning one, like the weekend that Chevrolet Racing had this past weekend? At Long Beach, Corvettes and Chevy-powered IndyCars scored wins…as the Chevy SS did on NASCAR’s “Track too Tough To Tame.”
On the 1.96-mile Long Beach, California street course, the Corvette C7.R scored 1st and 2nd in the GT class—and the Corvette Daytona Prototype came home second and third overall in the IMSA-sanctioned, Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach. That’s along with a win at the weekend’s signature event, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, where Chevrolet-engined IndyCars finished 1-2.
After avoiding a huge pile-up of the leading cars on lap 56 of the 80-lap event on the 1.96-mile Long Beach street circuit, Mike Conway edged Will Power for the LBGP win by less than a second, with fellow Chevy-engined Dallara drivers Juan Pablo Montoya (who finished fourth) and Sebastian Saavedra (9th) rounding out the Top Ten.
Also in Saturday’s sports-car race, the #10 Corvette Daytona Prototype of Ricky and Jordan Taylor finished less than a second behind race winner Scott Pruett, with the #5 CDP of Joao Barbera and Christian Fittipaldi less than five seconds behind the winner.
Across the U.S.A. on Saturday night, Chevys pulled off a 1-2-3 sweep, led by Kevin Harvick in the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS, in NASCAR’s Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington (SC).
Harvick scored the win after a late-race pass of Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the second try at a green-white-checker finish, caused by a Kurt Busch crash on lap 369 (of 374).
The win was Harvick’s second Sprint Cup Series victory this season, while Earnhardt Jr’s second-place finish in the #88 National Guard Chevy, was his best-ever finish at Darlington.
Jimmie Johnson, in the #48 Lowe’s/Kobalt Tools Chevy SS, finished third, while other Chevys in the Top 10 included Jeff Gordon (7th), Kyle Larson (8th), Tony Stewart (9th) and Ryan Newman (10th).
Gordon leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points chase after Darlington, with fellow Chevy drivers Earnhardt in fourth, Johnson in fifth, Ryan Newman in ninth and rookie Austin Dillon in tenth.