After a successful first season which saw the Camaro Z/28.R win five races, more than any other racecar on the grid, Chevrolet is ready to return to Continental Tire SportsCar competition for the second year in a row. Four Camaro Z/28.Rs are set to contest the entire 10-round season, with four cars being campaigned between Stevenson Motorsports and newcomers Mantella Autosport.
Stevenson Motorsports drivers Andrew Davis and Robin Liddell, who finished third in last year’s Grand Sport point standings, will return in 2015 looking to top the three victories they earned in the No. 6 Z/28.R last year. Matt Bell will also return in the No. 9 car this year, joined by newcomer Lawson Aschenbach, who previously won the CTSCC’s ST class and is a three-time SCCA World Challenge GTS champion.
The second pairing of Z/28.Rs will be fielded by Mantella Autosport team owner Anthony Mantella and Mark Wilkins and Kyle Marcelli and Martin Barkey. Both of Mantella’s No. 8 and No. 80 Z/28.Rs were fielded in the GS class last year by CKS Autosport.
“The first season for the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R was a successful one,” said Lisa Talarico, Chevrolet’s Program Manager for the CTSCC. “As always there is room for improvement, and work has been ongoing to further develop and engineer the Z/28.R for the 2015 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. We are excited to continue our partnership with Stevenson Motorsports for 2015 with two cars and an outstanding driver lineup. We also are happy to have Mantella Autosport fielding two Camaro Z/28.Rs for the full season. These two teams will help us in the chase for the GS Manufacturer Championship.”
The first round of the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, the Rolex 24 at Daytona, is set for 1:45 p.m. this Friday, while qualifying is scheduled for Thursday at 2:45 p.m.