The beginning of the 2014 season will find Chevrolet at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit for the debut of the all-new Corvette C7.R, where it will share the spotlight with the all-new 2015 Corvette Z06. The C7.R is the newest generation of the Corvette race car complete with overhauled “Jake” mascot – more modern and aggressive – just like the car itself. It will compete for the first time at the Rolex 24 at Daytona on January 25th and 26th.
The C7.R and the Z06 were co-developed and have come to represent the connection between modern racing and street-driven Corvettes.
The new Corvettes will be introduced after a year of aggressive performance by Chevrolet within professional motorsports in the United States. This year, fourteen manufacturer, driver, and team championships were held in NASCAR, IndyCar, ALMS, GRAND-AM, and the Pirelli World Challenge series.
“We had an amazing year in 2013, winning more championships in professional motorsport than any other manufacturer,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet Vice President, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “Our success was the direct result of considerable preparation, strategy, teamwork and great drive from our teams, drivers, and partners in open wheel, stock car, and sports car racing. We are looking forward to continuing that momentum for 2014.”
This year, Chevrolet won three NASCAR championships, as well as one in IndyCar, two in GRAND-AM, three in World Challenge, and five in ALMS.
Chevrolet continued to perform at a championship level within NASCAR yet again this year, winning the NASCAR Spring Cup Manufacturers Championship for a record 37th time in history and the 11th consecutive year. No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS driver Jimmie Johnson earned the 2013 NASCAR Spring Cup Series Drivers Championship after finishing ninth in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It was the sixth time in eight years that Johnson was awarded the coveted crown, and was the 29th Drivers Championship for Chevrolet. A third championship title was secured by Austin Dillon who won the Drivers Championship in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
In 2012, Chevy returned to the IndyCar series and took home the IndyCar Manufacturers Championship for the second year in a row this season. They led this year’s series with a total of ten victories in nineteen races – including the Indianapolis 500.
Also for the second consecutive year, The GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype (DP) Engine Manufacturers Championship was won by Chevrolet drivers Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor.
The GTS Manufacturers Championship in World Challenge Racing was owned by a Camaro driven by Lawson Aschedback, while Blackdog Racing obtained the GTS Team Championship.
For the tenth time, Chevrolet acquired the Manufacturers Championship in the American Le Mans Series in the Oak Tree Grand Prix at Virginia International Raceway. The No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C6.R piloted by Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen placed third. The ALMS GT Championship was won for Corvette Racing, making a total of ten championships within ALMS and the most in the history of the series. Chevy also won the ALMS Green Challenge GT Championship by recording the fastest races while being fuel and emission efficient. The No. 3 Chevy Corvette C6.R won the Michelin Green X Challenge by being the leading GT and prototype team using the same criteria. Clearly, the C7.R has some rather large shoes to fill.