92 2014 CHEVROLET RACING SPECIAL
Carrying the torch for Chevy in Grand-Am’s
Rolex GT category established Stevenson
Motorsports as one of the premier entrants
in the series, and with their dual standing as
top-tier competitors in the Continental Tire
SportsCar Challenge, the Mike Johnson-led
team was the obvious candidate to
spearhead the Camaro Z/28’s entry into GS.
In 2013, facing stiff opposition from an
influx of newer models, Stevenson held its
own with the Camaro GT.R in Rolex GT,
winning four races with drivers John
Edwards and Robin Liddell. Over in the
Continental Tire Challenge, Edwards and
Matt Bell took two wins in the Camaro GS.R.
For 2014, the entire focus is on the
Continental Tire Challenge with the Z/28.
Edwards has moved to BMW, but Liddell and
former Rolex GT champ Andrew Davis share
one Z/28, and Bell and Andy Lally the other.
“Chevrolet already has a substantial
presence in the TUDOR Championship with
the Corvette prototypes and the Corvette
Racing GT Le Mans cars,” says Johnson,
“but it’s created this new Z/28 and really
Stevenson Motorsports’ success with Camaros makes it an ideal choice to race the Z/28.
THE PERfECT fIT
wants to race it against the Mustangs in
GS, so we were happy to accept the
challenge. It was a natural move for us and
it’s worked out really well. We finished
second in GS the last two years in a row, we
know the Camaros, and we’ve got a great
crew who were on GT and GS, but will now
be totally focused on our GS program.”
Like any new racecar, turning the Z/28
into a consistent winner will take time. The
veteran staff that is charged with running
the Stevenson cars should help to shorten
that learning curve, as Johnson explains.
“We’ve had the same group of guys for
five or six years now,” he says. “It just
makes everything easy. They know what
to do, they know where to go, and I think
it’s been a big reason why we’ve been so
successful. We aren’t having to get up to
speed at the same time as the car.”
It’s an all-new Camaro for 2014,
but two Stevenson Motorsports
“trademarks” remain the same for the Z/28 – the
swooping eagle on its flanks and the color-cordinated wheels.
Last year, Stevenson Motorsports’ Camaro
GS.R was a two-time winner in the GS class.