Chevy Camaro’s racing heritage lives on with the recently announced, all-new Z/28.R, the “R” version of the Z/28 which goes on sale this spring. It debuted this past Friday, January 24, 2014 during the IMSA Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge. The 2.5-hour endurance race kicked-off the 12-race season of the Continental SportsCar Series Grand Sport (GS) class. The GS class is no stranger to the Chevy brand; the Camaro GS.R won six races from 2011 to 2013, capturing the title of “runner-up” last season.
With the exception of series-mandated equipment and the specialized suspension components the Camaro Z/28.R is one of the most production-based race cars to compete this season – essentially running bone-stock. The Z/28.R shares the factory downforce-generating aero package that is standard on all Z/28s. These upgrades include a front splitter, rear spoiler (with wickerbill), hood extractor vent, rockers, wheel-house extensions and front tire deflectors, and a belly pan. The Z/28.R will also keep the same engine and axle components of the 2014 Camaro Z/28, powered by the naturally aspirated LS7 7.0L engine.
Team Chevy handed the keys of the Z/28.R to Stevenson Motorsports and CKS Autosport this past Friday. Lawson Aschenbach and Eric Curran piloted the No. 01 Camaro Z/28.R during the IMSA Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge, which started the 2014 season. The team at Stevenson and CKS believe the all-new and improved Z/28.R will be just what they need to race to victory in 2014.
“To be able to show up, sort through some issues, make the race and finish in a decent spot, we have to be happy with that,” Aschenbach said. “A penalty in pitlane hurt us. But the pace is pretty good and we are excited about that. To me, it looks like a very good package that’s good overall. It seems to do everything pretty good. We just have to work on it a little bit more.”
The Camaro did quite well, finishing 13th in the endurance race. This race, which took place prior to the 52nd Rolex 24 at Daytona, kicked-off the beginning to a new season at the International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. The next round of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge is March 14 at Sebring International Raceway.