Chevy races mostly stock versions of the Silverado ZR2 and Colorado ZR2 in the American desert racing series to help aid in the development of the performance trucks and their respective body-on-frame platforms. Both trucks are campaigned by the Chad Hall Racing team, which began racing the Colorado ZR2 in 2017. It later added a pre-production version of the Silverado ZR2 to its race lineup in 2019 as Chevy began preparing the model for its eventual release next year.
The main purpose of this off-road racing program is to help speed up the development of the Chevy Silverado ZR2 and Colorado ZR2 and ensure they are ready for whatever customers can throw at them. Both trucks are the only vehicles that compete in their respective classes, with the Silverado racing in the ‘1200’ class and the Colorado in the ‘7300’ class. So while both Chevys won the title in their classes, all Chad Hall Racing really had to do was show up to various Best In The Desert events and drive over the start line.
Roger McCormack, director, Accessories and Performance Parts Marketing, said this year’s championships “wouldn’t have been possible without the closely synced relationship between Chad Hall Racing and the Chevrolet engineering team.”
“It has been very rewarding to field vehicles that are so well engineered,” team owner Chad Hall said. “The tests and refinements made over the years with the Colorado ZR2 and the new Silverado ZR2 absolutely prove the adage that racing improves the breed — making the production vehicles stronger and more capable because of it.”
The 2022 Chevy Silverado ZR2 made its official debut earlier this year and will begin arriving at dealerships early next year. The Silverado ZR2 offers similar equipment to the Colorado ZR2, including a redesigned front fascia that offers improved approach/departure angles, red-painted tow hooks, Multimatic DSSV dampers and off-road wheels and tires, among other go-anywhere equipment.