Team Chevy was pulling for a third-straight win out of its Camaro Z/28.R racecar at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend, and Stevenson Motorsports gave the bowtie brand exactly what it was looking for. Andrew Davis and Robin Liddell piloted their No. 6 Stevenson Motorsports Z/28.R to victory lane in Round 8 of the 2014 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Friday after battling their way to the front of the grid from a seventh place pole position.
“It’s super important and so good for the guys – good for everybody to say we’ve been to Indy and we’ve won at Indy,” said team owner John Stevenson. “It puts us in a much better position here for the rest of the year to charge up in this championship. We are definitely back as a contender so that’s a great result. The guys did great, they had a great day!”
The second Stevenson Motorsports car, the No. 9 Z/28.R, got off to a promising start after qualifying on pole position and leading the first 19 laps in the hands of Matt Bell. On lap 28, Bell turned the car over to teammate Andy Lally. Soon after, Lally was hit on the side by a competing BMW, causing significant damage. The No.9 car would eventually return to the track after the team made repairs, but by that point, it was several laps down from the leader.
Starting from seventh, Davis made headway in the early laps of the race and was in third by lap 25. Davis pitted on lap 25 under a yellow flag and overturned driving duties to Liddell. He re-entered the grid in 25th, but moved back up to third and took the lead on lap 54 before a final pit stop under a green flag. Good pit work from the Stevenson Motorsports team eventually led to him re-taking the lead on lap 58 and holding it for the final 28 laps to capture the win.
“I’m at a loss for words,” said Davis. “Winning at Indy is something every little boy dreams of for sure. A big victory for us. A great day for points. I am just so proud of this Stevenson Motorsports group – these guys just fight, fight, fight. Robin did a superior job.”
Davis and Lidell currently sit in second in the championship standings with 199 points, closely trailing Trent Hindman in first with 214 points. The IMSA Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge will head to the legendary Road America track in Plymouth, WI. on August 8-10, where Team Chevy and the Z/28.R will be looking for a fourth consecutive victory.