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Corvette’s Next-Gen C7.R Racer Breaks Cover

by on Aug.19, 2013

The new C7.R breaks cover at Laguna Seca, albeit it with just a little bit of camouflage.

For most of the long, three-day weekend, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca offered a view of vintage motorsports with 100s of classic race cars reliving their former glory at the Monterey Motorsports Reunion.

But for a few brief moments, thousands of fans got a chance to look into the future as Chevrolet’s next-generation Corvette C7.R race car made its public debut.

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The rumors began to leak out Friday night that Chevy might have something special in mind – something that was not entirely a surprise considering the Corvette was the year’s honored model during a weekend most aficionados refer to simply as the “Historics.” In fact, Chevrolet had been giving several dozen journalists their first drive in the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray, or C7, over the course of the previous week.


GM Reveals New Turbo IndyCar as it Commits to Indy Returning to Detroit

Revived Motor City race series may add new battery car event.

by on Oct.12, 2011

GM's new IndyCar entry will migrate to a high-tech direct-injected turbo V-6.

The roar is returning to Detroit.  With General Motors lending its support – along with race legend Roger Penske – the Motor City will again see a weekend of racing next year with the IndyCar series serving as its high-profile anchor.

To mark its own return to IndyCar racing, meanwhile, GM’s Chevrolet division unveiled an all-new open-wheeled car that will feature a new high-tech turbocharged V-6 engine making as much as 700 horsepower.

But to reflect the changing nature of the automotive market, GM’s top American executive told that the partners in the annual event will be looking at the possibility of adding a race featuring battery-powered vehicles.

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“Detroit is a natural for racing,” proclaimed Mark Reuss, president of GM’s North American operations, during an announcement at the maker’s headquarters along the Detroit River.  “The city puts the world on wheels.  The roar of the engine simply belongs in Detroit.”


Chevy Unveils Camaro Indy Pace Car

No, this one’s not on the auction block.

by on Jan.21, 2011

Chevrolet will celebrate its 100th anniversary by pacing the 100th Indy 500 with this 2011 Camaro SS convertible, 50 copies to be auctioned off.

Usually, the cars that roll under the big tent at the annual Barrett-Jackson Auction are there to go on the block.  But while the Camaro Convertible Chevy brought to Scottsdale might have commanded some big bucks, the maker wasn’t ready to auction it off.

That’s because it will be putting in a stint as the pace car for the 2011 Indianapolis 500, next Memorial Day weekend.  But don’t worry, if you’re headed to the Barrett, you’ll still be able to put in your bid for one of 50 Camaro pace car replicas, officially designated the Indianapolis 500 Festival Committee cars.

The event, on Saturday night, will cap a week of major car collector action in the tony Phoenix suburb – and raise money for the David Foster Foundation, a charity that helps families with children in need of organ transplants.  The foundation was created by 15-time Grammy award winner David Foster, a native of Canada. (more…)

Chevy Teaming With Penske For IndyCar Return

“So much more than racing.”

by on Nov.12, 2010

A force to be reckoned with, Roger Penske will team up with Chevrolet for the makers return to the IndyCar series in 2012.

With its balance sheet back in the black, General Motors appears to be finding some significant ways to spend some of its newfound loot – like getting back into the premier IndyCar racing series.

The maker’s global product operations chief said today that an all-new performance model will be making its way back onto the track in 2012, with Chevrolet teaming up with racing legend Roger Penske.

“In this particular case, it’s so much more than racing,” Stephens tells The Detroit News.

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The GM Vice Chairman argues that the maker will use the racing program to help it improve not just its track technology but deliver spin-off systems that can advance the capabilities of its street machines – though such arguments have long been made and often disputed.


Factory Corvette Team Takes a Step Down to GT2, and Still Dominates

Running with the competition in a new class.

by on Aug.10, 2009

The GT1 Corvette so overwhelmed its competition they all dropped out, so now a new GT2 version will switch series and take on a new line-up of competitors.

The GT1 Corvette so overwhelmed its competition they all dropped out, so now a new GT2 version will switch series and take on a new line-up of competitors.

Leaf through the record books of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) sports car races, and you will find that it is not Audi or Porsche or Ferrari or BMW or Mercedes-Benz that holds most of the significant racing records.  Not by a long shot.

That honor belongs to the Detroit-based, Detroit-sponsored Compuware Team Corvette organization, using a series of front-engined coupes with simple pushrod V-8 engines, not exotic rear-engined V-12 cars with double-overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder.

The yellow and black Corvettes built and raced by Pratt & Miller Engineering of Wixom, Michigan, hold the ALMS records for most starts by its drivers, most pole positions in the GTS and GT1 classes (59), most wins in a single season (9), most consecutive wins in a season (8), most podium finishes in a season (12), the longest winning streak (24 races in a row), and the most wins over ten seasons (70), not to mention eight consecutive GT1 championships.

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The team has won the 24 Hours of Daytona — first overall and first in class — won seven times at the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 1000-mile Petit Le Mans, and has scored six GT class wins at the toughest race on Earth, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, including its latest just two months ago.  No other GT team in history comes close.