Cavalier to race in 2001 NHRA Pro Stock

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DETROIT (October 25, 2000) -- Chevrolet Cavalier brand manager Steve Wagg announced today that the Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 will compete in the 23-event 2001 Pro Stock category of the NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series. "NHRA drag...

DETROIT (October 25, 2000) -- Chevrolet Cavalier brand manager Steve Wagg announced today that the Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 will compete in the 23-event 2001 Pro Stock category of the NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series. "NHRA drag racing has demonstrated a strong growth in recent years and is a popular form of entertainment among young car buyers," said Wagg. "Therefore, we can't think of a better arena to promote the Cavalier brand than NHRA drag racing, where the fans are serious about their cars and are knowledgeable consumers. We're confident that the Z24 and the teams that will campaign it will translate the brand's success in the marketplace to high achievement on the race track. " The Pro Stock Cavalier Z24 will produce approximately 1300 horsepower with its 500 cu. in. Chevrolet V8 racing engine and is expected to cover the quarter-mile in under seven seconds at over 200 mph. The current Pro Stock elapsed time national record is 6.809 seconds; and the top speed record is 202.36 mph. The Cavalier, introduced to the public in 1982, may be new to the Pro Stock class, but it is no stranger to the highly competitive sport of championship drag racing as well as road racing. Over the past 10 years, many NHRA Sportsman racers have competed successfully with this sporty compact car in numerous classes. In 1985 and 1986 the Cavalier also raced in the International Motor Sports Association's (IMSA) Champion Spark Plug Challenge with drivers Tommy and Bobby Archer. Cavaliers won two races in '86, with Tommy placing third in the series, and Bobby fourth. The Chevrolet Cavalier is General Motor's best-selling passenger car and one of the 10 best-selling cars in the United States. The Cavalier model lineup includes the Cavalier Coupe, Cavalier Sedan, Cavalier LS Sedan and the sporty Cavalier Z24 Coupe. "Cavalier has been very successful in attracting young buyers to Chevrolet, due to its standard equipment that even includes four-wheel antilock brakes," added Wagg. "It also remains one of the top new-car choices for first-time buyers. With many standard features, it offers value to the small-car buyer. It's the kind of car for young-minded people with purchasing savvy who want a more attractive, quality small vehicle reflecting their sensibility. NHRA fans clearly fall into this category." Standard on the production Z24 coupe is a 2.4L Twin Cam L4 engine that cranks out 150-hp and 155 lb.-ft. of torque for spirited performance and impressive fuel economy. One of the first teams to campaign the Cavalier Z24 in 2001 is the ACDelco-sponsored team of Kurt Johnson. Kurt is currently second in 2000 NHRA Winston Championship points in the Pro Stock class in a Chevrolet Camaro Z28. Other Cavalier teams will be announced in the near future.

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