Second win for Liddell, Davis nets GS manufacturer championship lead for Chevrolet.
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Robin Liddell and Andrew Davis drove the new Camaro Z/28.R to victory for the second time season in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge with a dramatic victory in the Continental Tire 150 on Saturday at Watkins Glen International. The win unofficially moved Chevrolet into the lead of the Grand Sport (GS) manufacturer championship after six rounds.
It ended a dynamic two days for the Camaro Z/28.R. Eric Curran claimed pole position for CKS Autosport in the No. 01 Camaro. In addition to winning the race Saturday, Davis also set the fastest lap at 2:01.790 (x mph) in the victorious No. 6 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro Z/28.R.
“What an great event for the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R program,” said Mark Kent, Chevrolet Director of Racing. “Congratulations to Robin Liddell, Andrew Davis and everyone at Stevenson Motorsports on Saturday’s victory at Watkins Glen. The second win of the season was doubly important in terms of the GS championship standings. The progress of this first-year program is remarkable but a long season remains.”
Liddell held off a hard-charging B.J. Zacharias on the final lap to win by 0.169 seconds. The Liddell/Davis pairing scored the Camaro Z/28.R’s first victory in March at Sebring.
A trio of Camaro Z/28.Rs ran in the top three positions for most of the race. Matt Bell and Andy Lally went on to finish fourth in the No. 9 Stevenson Camaro with Curran and Aschenbach seventh. Ashley McCalmont and Bob Michaelian were 10th in the No. 00 CKS Camaro Z/28.R.
“Watkins Glen was an unqualified success for Team Chevy,” said Lisa Talarico, Chevrolet’s Program Manager for the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. “The Camaro Z/28.R showed great speed and balance in practice, qualifying and the race. The work done by the team at Chevrolet Racing, Pratt & Miller and our partners at Stevenson Motorsports and CKS Autosport has been fantastic all season and our efforts continue to pay dividends.”
Saturday’s race will air on FOX Sports 1 at 10 a.m. ET on Sunday, July 6. The next round of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge is Saturday, July 12 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park outside Toronto.
Andrew Davis, No. 6 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro Z/28.R: “I’m very excited and proud for this Stevenson Motorsports crew and everyone at Team Chevy and Pratt & Miller Engineering. It’s always special to win a race but to win another race at Watkins Glen is a great achievement - such a historic track. I can’t say enough about our Camaro Z/28.R. The crew guys did a great job. I was able to get a great restart after a botched start of the race. I got a great jump and was able to get in the lead before Turn 1. From that point, I had the best view in the house so I put my head down, focused on that view and tried to drive away from everybody because I wanted to give Robin the car in first. The guys did a great job and we achieved that.”
Robin Liddell, No. 6 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro Z/28.R: “The support from Chevrolet and Pratt & Miller with this new Camaro Z/28.R has been fantastic. Two wins in the debut season is great. Today was an interesting finish to say the least. It was a massive scrap over the last three corners. The guys made some great pit stops - both the No. 6 and the No. 9. In terms of strategy, we called it perfectly. We didn’t gamble for any yellows. We did our stops as if it were going to be a green race, and we ran out of gas on the last lap essentially with a loss of fuel pressure. I’m really happy with the execution from the team. Thanks to Stevenson, Pratt & Miller and Team Chevy. The Camaro Z/28.R was a brilliant car all weekend.”