Winning a race is wonderful.
Winning a championship in a professional motorsports series – that’s stellar.
Winning multiple championships in stunningly varied, brutally contested series – that’s Chevrolet.
Manufacturers’ and Drivers’ championships go a long way toward telling the world that Chevrolet is doing it right. But even more important, a championship tells Chevrolet drivers, teams, builders, designers and engineers that our motorsports ethos is working – to develop, test and learn. And the knowledge gained transfers to the cars, trucks and SUVs we build for our customers. If Chevrolet beats the competition on the track, we can beat the competition in the showroom.
Just look at what man and machine accomplished for Chevrolet Racing in 2013:
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™
With three races to go in the tough 36-race NASCAR Sprint Cup season, Chevrolet claimed its 11th straight Manufacturers’ Cup, bringing the total to an unprecedented 37. No other manufacturer comes close. And as icing on the cake, Chevrolet driver Jimmie Johnson wrapped up his sixth Drivers’ Championship, the most of any active driver. All this in the very first year of the new Chevrolet SS, which came out of the box a winner, with Johnson dominating the season-opening Daytona 500 in February. The Chevrolet SS went on to 15 more races in 2013 to lead all manufacturers.
NASCAR Nationwide Series
If the NASCAR® Nationwide Series™ is a stepping stone to the Sprint Cup series, Chevrolet Camaro driver Austin Dillon is more than ready to make the move. The 23-year-old, often seen sporting one of his trademark cowboy hats, became the NASCAR Nationwide series champion after a close battle ending with a 12th–place finish at the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
IZOD IndyCar® Series
Two years, two championships: Chevrolet won the Manufacturers’ Championship in the IZOD IndyCar Series for 2013, following the stunning performance of 2012 – the first year back in the series for Chevrolet, taking 11 of the 15 races. This year, the championship came down to the season finale, aided by a victory for Will Power in a Penske Chevrolet. “We’re proud of the teamwork and dedicated efforts of our drivers, teams and technical partners that culminated in Chevrolet’s second consecutive IndyCar Series Manufacturers’ championship,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. vice president, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “The Chevrolet IndyCar V6 engine gave our teams the right combination of power, fuel economy, and reliability that resulted in winning this prestigious award.” That engine also uses multiple facets of advanced technology found in many Chevrolet passenger cars, such as turbocharging, direct injection and variable valve timing.
For the second straight year, Chevrolet took the GRAND-AM Series Daytona Prototype Engine Manufacturers’ Championship with a win by Wayne Taylor Racing in the season finale at Lime Rock Park. Taylor Racing’s Corvette DP was just one of seven Corvette DP teams that contributed to the title in GRAND-AM’s top class. The V-8 engines, built by NASCAR’s Earnhardt-Childress Racing and Chevrolet’s own powertrain team, won eight of the season’s 12 races.
AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES
The most competitive class in the ALMS has traditionally been GT, populated by such manufacturers as BMW, Ferrari, SRT Viper and Porsche. Which makes Chevrolet’s GT Manufacturer, Drivers’ and Team (Corvette Racing) Championship that much sweeter, especially since the competition went down to the wire at the Petit Le Mans season finale for title winners Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen in the potent Chevrolet Corvette C6.R.
AND LOOKING TO 2014…
The most significant change next year will be in sports car racing, with the GRAND-AM and American Le Mans Series merging into the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship (USCC). The majority of the cars in both series – including all the classes Chevrolet currently competes in – will remain as the USCC debuts at the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona in January. The Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototypes will compete in the Prototype class against the P2 prototypes from the ALMS; the Corvette GT car – the brand-new Corvette C7.R – will race in the GT Le Mans class, and the Camaro will compete in the GT Daytona class. Also notable: In IndyCar, Chip Ganassi Racing is switching to Chevrolet power in 2014, meaning champion Scott Dixon will be racing for Chevrolet, as will Charlie Kimball. To sweeten the deal, Ganassi hired 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan to join the Chevy-powered contingent. And in NASCAR, Chevrolet will again battle for a 12th straight Sprint Cup Manufacturers’ Championship.
Meanwhile, we’re building a few more trophy cases – just in case.