Stevenson Motorsports Returns to the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge with the Chevrolet Camaro
Stevenson Motorsports Returns to the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge with the Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R Round 4 of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Circuit of the Americas with the team’s Audi R8
MEDIA ALERT: Camaro GT4.R Technical Presentation - Thursday, May 4 At 5:15 p.m., Thursday, May 4, Chevrolet Racing leadership along with representatives from Stevenson Motorsports will give an overview of the Camaro GT4.R program and be available for questions and one-on-one opportunities regarding Chevrolet's newest customer racing car. Photography and technical details of the car will be available for media. IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Race: Circuit of the Americas 120 – May 5, 2017 at 2:45 PM CT (3:45 PM ET) Race Length: 2 hours Car: No. 57 Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R Drivers: Matt Bell and Robin Liddell Broadcast: Watch the Circuit of the Americas 120 live on IMSA.tv on Friday, May 5th at 2:35 PM CT
Return to the Camaro: ‘Stevenson Motorsports’ and ‘Camaro’ have long been two words associated with one another. Stevenson Motorsports has been the quintessential Camaro team racing two difference generations of the bowtie machine over the last seven years. The team has debuted the GT.R (2009) and the Z/28.R (2014) racing in both the GRAND-AM Rolex Series and the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. The GT4.R will mark the third consecutive Camaro generation that the team will debut. Historical Success: While the team has campaigned different models in different series, one continuing theme has been success. Over the course of six race seasons competing with the Camaro, the team has accumulated a total of 161 race starts, 51 podiums, 24 race wins and 1 championship (2015 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge). 2015 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Champion: After finishing runner up for the 2013 and 2014 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Championships, Stevenson Motorsports closed the deal to take the top spot in 2015 with co-drivers Robin Liddell and Andrew Davis taking the championship win. The long-running Liddell and Davis pairing impressively scored four race wins (Sebring, Laguna Seca, Watkins Glen, COTA) and eight podiums that season, bringing home the GS championship. New Driver Pairing: Matt Bell and Robin Liddell will be co-drivers of the No. 57 Camaro GT4.R for the 2017 season. Although both drivers have been teammates for the previous seven seasons, they have only been paired twice in Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge competition. In 2012 Liddell subbed for Bell’s then teammate, John Edwards - who tore his ACL – for two races at Barber and Homestead. Chevy Camaro GT4.R Specs: Chassis: Rear-wheel drive, unitized body with 2-way adjustable struts & dampers and front & rear anti-roll bars Engine: 6.2L V8 naturally aspirated direct injection Transmission: Six-speed sequential with paddle shifters Matt Bell Camaro Stats: First joining Stevenson Motorsports in 2010, Bell began a journey with the Camaro that would last the following five seasons of CTSC competition. Bell has a total of 63 starts, 17 podiums and six race wins behind the wheel of a Camaro. Behind the Helmet, Matt Bell: “I'm obviously very excited to be heading back to the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. It's where I started my career, and I've missed it! While the series has changed quite a bit, I'm happy to be experiencing the revamped series and see what's new and what feels the same. I'm certainly going to miss the H-pattern shifters and more production-based cars, but the GT4 class is where the motorsport world is heading, and I'm happy to see IMSA has followed suit. At its roots, the CTSC GS class still seems to be the same rough and tumble brawl of a race series that I've enjoyed so much in the first seven years of my career, and I'm extremely happy to be contending in it once again. The new Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R is a serious race car. It is lighter, more nimble, and even more engineered for the race track than the Z/28.R that Stevenson Motorsport won the GS Championship with in 2015. We know the team is up to the task, we know the new car is as solid as any we've raced, and I'm quite certain Robin (Liddell) and I will pair well together. While we have been teammates for seven years, we've never been season-long co-drivers. He and I both seem to like the car the same way and have similar feedback, so that will certainly streamline the tuning process.” Robin Liddell Camaro Stats: Robin Liddell first began his career with the Camaro in 2010, racing the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports GT.R in the GRAND-AM Rolex Series. Liddell has amassed many achievements throughout his six seasons racing behind the wheel of a Camaro including 73 race starts, 32 podiums and 18 race wins. Looking ahead to COTA, Liddell is confident in his return to the CTSC Series, anchoring on to his win in 2015 driving the No. 6 Stevenson Camaro Z/28.R.