Camaros and Racing

The Camaro has quite the history in racing.  It was one of the automobiles in the SCCA-sanctioned Trans-Am Collection. TA2sChevrolet collaborated with Roger Penske to run their unofficially factory-backed Trans Am group, winning the title in 1968 and also 1969 with Mark Donohue. Jim Hall’s Chaparral group replaced Penske for the 1970 season. Warren Agor of Rochester, NY, was the series’ leading Camaro privateer, his orange # 13’s o, 1993, 1994, as well as 1998.

There was additionally a SCCA Trans-Am Collection Camaro that was not popular as a result of racing  because of its body alterations. This Camaro, number 13, had actually been created and also driven by Henry “Smokey” Yunick. Smokey Yunick was a vehicle builder that worked to minimize the weight of his vehicles by acid-dipping body parts and setting up thinner safety glass.  The Chevrolet Camaro additionally races in the NASCAR Xfinity Collection. The Camaro is a typical Xfinity car.

The Penske/Donohue Camaros also had the front sheet metal dropped, all four fenders expanded, windshield laid back, front sub-frame “Z’d” to make the car lower, the flooring pan went up and the drip-rails were relocated better to the body. This Camaro had always maintained its stock appearance and had a 302 engine that was able to produce 482 horse power. One component that had actually come out of his testing was the Edelbrock Cross-Manifold. To this day the Smokey Yunick 1968 Camaro is possessed by Vic Edelbrock Jr.

Bob Jane won both the 1971 and 1972 Australian Touring Car Championship at the wheel of a Camaro.

The Camaro was the main vehicle that was utilized in the International Race of Champions beginning in 1975.  It lasted for 12 years till 1989. It was the very first American car of the collection doing as well as the Porsche Carrera RSR.

Today, Camaros compete in many forms of car racing throughout the globe. They are a favored in drag racing, have won several championships, and also could be presently found in numerous collections from the National Racer Organization, International Racer Organization, as well as United States Racer Organization. Road competing Camaros could presently be located in the Sports Vehicle Club of America’s American Sedan collection. They have actually likewise been the vehicle utilized in the Swedish Camaro Cup collection since 1975.

The Camaro was the Indianapolis 500 Pace Cars and truck in 1967, 1969, 1982, 1993, 2009, 2010, 2011 and also 2014. The Camaro paced races at Daytona, Watkins Glen, Mosport in Canada, as well as Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Camaro was additionally a regular in the IMSA GT Collection.

The fifth-generation Camaro took to the tracks in 2010 in the GT class of the Grand Am Roadway Racing Championship. Stevenson Motorsports announced it was looking to run a two-car team of Pratt & Miller built cars and trucks, based upon the exact same space-frame as the Pontiac GXP-R. The team likewise takes on Camaros in the Grand Sports course of the Grand-Am’s Continental Tire Obstacle.

In 2013, the Camaro was the vehicle utilized for nearly all the Chevy teams in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.