Chevrolet is giving its COPO Camaro customers an extra reason to give it their all this NHRA season. A new contingency incentive has been put in place for 2015 that will pay out racers fielding COPO Camaro factory drag cars for winning races in the 2015 NHRA Factory Stock Showdown events in Gainesville, Fla., Englishtown, N.J., Indianapolis and Las Vegas.
If a driver wins a race in either the FS/X (naturally aspirated) or FS/XX (supercharged) class, they will receive a $2,500 payout from Chevrolet Performance. An additional $2,500 will also be awarded to the winner of the championship runoff between the naturally aspirated and supercharged classes, providing COPO drivers with even more reason to beat out the competition from Dodge and Ford.
“Chevrolet has a long history of supporting NHRA sportsman drag racers and this new program rewards the best of the best in Stock Eliminator competition,” Jim Campbell, General Motors’ U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, said in a prepared statement. “Every win advances the COPO Camaro racing legacy and enables Chevrolet to give back to the racers who made it happen – allowing them to reinvest in their team for an even stronger competitive edge.”
To be eligible for the additional incentive, competitors must be running a production COPO Camaro with an approved Chevrolet Performance contingency decal. Just as they did last year, Chevrolet will build 69 COPO Camaros for the 2015 season available with a variety of supercharged and naturally aspirated LS-family engines in a range of displacements.
COPO Camaro drivers have other ways to earn contingency cash from Chevy in addition to the Factory Stock Showdown payouts. Racers who win in NHRA’s Mellow Yellow Series in either the Super Stock and Stock classes will receive a $1,500 payout, while the runner up will get a $1,200 payout. Those participants running a Chevrolet Performance cylinder block or cylinder heads in the series are also eligible for payout and will receive double the prize money if they are running both the block and heads.
“Chevrolet is behind (COPO drivers) 100 percent,” said Campbell. “It’s going to be an exciting racing season, with more COPO Camaro racers out there aiming for the win light.”