CHEVROLET CLINCHES NASCAR SPRINT CUP MANUFACTURERS' CHAMPIONSHIP Title is 32nd for Chevrolet since 1950 DETROIT -- Jimmie Johnson's victory of the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway ...
CHEVROLET CLINCHES NASCAR SPRINT CUP MANUFACTURERS' CHAMPIONSHIP
Title is 32nd for Chevrolet since 1950
DETROIT -- Jimmie Johnson's victory of the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway clinched the 2008 Manufacturers' Championship for Chevrolet in NASCAR's premier division. With one race left in the season, Chevrolet has collected its 32nd Manufacturers' crown since the inception of the award in 1950.
Four different Impala SS drivers have contributed to the 11 victories thus far this year to bring Chevrolet this honor. Chevy drivers who posted wins during the season included Jimmie Johnson (7), Jeff Burton (2), Clint Bowyer (1) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (1).
This marks Team Chevy's sixth consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Manufacturers' title for the Bowtie Brigade. The 2008 Manufacturers' Championship continues Chevrolet's dominance of North America's most popular racing series.
ED PEPER, GM NORTH AMERICA VICE PRESIDENT, CHEVROLET: "Chevrolet is extremely proud of our teams and drivers for bringing home the 2008 Manufacturers' Championship in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. This is the 32nd Manufacturers' title for Chevrolet and our sixth consecutive year as the leading nameplate in the sport.
"It has been a hard-fought, come-from-behind effort that is exceptionally gratifying for everyone at Chevrolet and GM, especially in this challenging economic environment.
"The level of the on-track competition has been very intense this year. We are very proud of the 11 victories so far and of the combined top-finishes by our Impala SS drivers that put Team Chevy on top."
MARK KENT, DIRECTOR GM RACING: "Winning the 2008 Manufacturers' Championship in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is a remarkable achievement for GM Racing and our outstanding Chevrolet teams and drivers.
"The competition this season has been as intense as any time in the history of the sport. Many men and women spent countless hours maximizing the performance of every aspect of the Impala SS race car, including the Chevrolet R07 engine which competed in its first full season of competition in 2008. Their efforts paid off when it counted the most.
"It is no secret these are stressful and turbulent times at General Motors. To be able to celebrate the success of a goal met - winning our 32nd overall and six consecutive Manufacturers' title - is a reward well deserved and ranks among one of the most special in the historic racing history of GM and Chevrolet.
"Congratulations to all of our Team Chevy organizations, drivers, crews, GM Racing and to everyone at General Motors who contributed to this championship effort for their very deserved accomplishment."
CHEVROLET MANUFACTURERS' CHAMPIONSHIPS:
All-time (1950 -- 2008) 32
First title for Chevrolet 1958
Highest number of consecutive titles 9 (1983 -- 1991)
Years Won: 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
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