Stevenson Motorsports took a second place finish Friday at Road Atlanta, netting drivers Andrew Davis and Robin Liddell a Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge driver’s championship and giving Chevrolet its first ever manufacturer’s title in the IMSA sanctioned race series.
Friday’s runner-up finish didn’t come easy, with the team battling treacherous conditions during the two-hour 30 minute affair. Davis started from pole position and never fell below second in his opening stint. After Liddell took over, the team found themselves locked in a heated battle for second with fellow Z/28.R driver Kyle Marcelli.
Following a late-race restart, Liddell took second for good, finishing one spot behind Fall Line Motorsports’ Ashley Freiburg and Trent Hindman in their BMW M3. Marcelli held third through to the end, making for a double podium finish for Chevy in the last Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge race of 2015.
“Chevrolet is proud to have won the 2015 Grand Sport Manufacturer Championship in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge,” said Chevrolet performance vehicles and motorsports boss Jim Campbell. “This is the result of tireless efforts, cooperation and teamwork between our race engineers, Camaro Z/28.R drivers and partner teams at Stevenson Motorsports and Mantella Autosport.”
“To do this at my home track is very special and very emotional,” Davis said post-race. “The little kid who was watching racing here 30 years ago wouldn’t believe this. I’ve seen a lot of championships won here, and now I’ve done it myself. This is just unbelievable.”