COPO Camaro racers will have more to strive for this season with Chevrolet Performance’s new contingency program for competitors in the popular NHRA Factory Stock Showdown series.
The 4-year-old series was developed to showcase the factory-built Stock Eliminator race cars from Chevrolet, Ford and Dodge. The competition includes entries from the naturally aspirated and supercharged classes running as a separate category within the Stock Class Eliminations and a winner is crowned in each class.
The two winners square off for the NHRA Factory Stock Showdown championship, using a handicap start.
“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,” said Jim Campbell, General Motors’ U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “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.”
Chevrolet Performance will award $2,500 for COPO Camaro wins in the FS/X (naturally aspirated) and FS/XX (supercharged) classes at the 2015 NHRA events in Gainesville, Fla., Englishtown, N.J., Indianapolis and the Las Vegas fall race. An additional $2,500 will be awarded for a win in the championship runoff between the classes.
The new contingency awards are available to racers competing with production COPO Camaro, constructed Camaro rolling chassis and COPO-powered race cars. As with other Chevrolet contingency programs, an approved Chevrolet Performance contingency decal must be on the eligible race cars.
Dozens of COPO Camaro competitors, including Bruno Massel, who won last summer’s Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, will vie for the Factory Stock Showdown title.
“Chevrolet is behind them 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.”
COPO Camaro for 2015
Chevrolet is building 69 2015 COPO Camaro race cars – the final editions for the fifth-generation Camaro. Each is built by hand starting with production hardware, including the same body in white used for production models.
The production race cars are fitted with an NHRA-approved roll cage and other safety equipment, along with racing chassis and suspension components – including a unique solid rear axle system in place of a regular-production Camaro’s independent rear axle.
Customers can select from a variety of supercharged and naturally aspirated LS-family engines based on their intended NHRA Stock and Super Stock classes, including 350, 396 and 427 naturally aspirated engines and a supercharged 350.
Additional sportsman racer support
The new Factory Stock Showdown contingency payouts build on Chevrolet Performance’s continuing contingency program for sportsman racers in many other NHRA classes for 2015.
COPO Camaro racers who win in NHRA’s Mellow Yellow Series – in Super Stock and Stock classes – are eligible for $1,500 payout and the runner up receives a $1,200 payout. Contingency awards for 2012-15 serialized COPO Camaro drivers are also available for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, while the payouts are $1,000 for a win and $500 for runner-up. Eligible racers must display Chevrolet Performance’s contingency decals on their race car, which are available from each of the seven NHRA divisions.
Even racers who don’t drive a COPO Camaro can earn contingency money. In the NHRA Mellow Yellow Series, racers are eligible for payouts when using a Chevrolet Performance cylinder block or cylinder heads. In fact, they can double up on the payout when running both the block and heads.
A similar payout schedule of $300 for a win and $100 for runner-up are available for racers running a Chevrolet Performance block or heads – or $600/$200 for an engine with both the block and heads – in the following categories:
- Super Stock
- Super Comp
- Super Gas
- Super Street
- Top Sportsman
- Top Dragster
Racers must display the Chevrolet Performance contingency decal. The previous GM Performance Parts decals are invalid for contingency payouts. Go to nhraracer.com for program details.
Driven by more than 100 years of motorsports heritage, Chevrolet Performance fuels the passions of automotive enthusiasts through high-performance vehicles, parts and racing. Performance cars include Camaro SS, SS 1LE, ZL1, Z/28 and the COPO Camaro. Chevrolet Performance parts include crate engines, transmissions, controllers and street-level components. Chevrolet competes in NASCAR, NHRA, IMSA, IndyCar and a variety of circle track racing series. More information can be found at:http://www.chevrolet.com/performance.