‘Stevenson Motorsports’ and ‘Camaro’ have long been two words associated with one another. Stevenson Motorsports has been the quintessential Camaro team racing two difference generations of the bowtie machine over the last seven years. The team has debuted the GT.R (2009) and the Z/28.R (2014) racing in both the GRAND-AM Rolex Series and the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. The GT4.R will mark the third consecutive Camaro generation that the team will debut.
Historical Success: While the team has campaigned different models in different series, one continuing theme has been success. Over the course of six race seasons competing with the Camaro, the team has accumulated a total of 161 race starts, 51 podiums, 24 race wins and 1 championship (2015 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge).
2015 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Champion: After finishing runner up for the 2013 and 2014 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Championships, Stevenson Motorsports closed the deal to take the top spot in 2015 with co-drivers Robin Liddell and Andrew Davis taking the championship win. The long-running Liddell and Davis pairing impressively scored four race wins (Sebring, Laguna Seca, Watkins Glen, COTA) and eight podiums that season, bringing home the GS championship.
New Driver Pairing: Matt Bell and Robin Liddell will be co-drivers of the No. 57 Camaro GT4.R for the 2017 season. Although both drivers have been teammates for the previous seven seasons, they have only been paired twice in Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge competition. In 2012 Liddell subbed for Bell’s then teammate, John Edwards – who tore his ACL – for two races at Barber and Homestead.
Chevy Camaro GT4.R Specs:
Chassis: Rear-wheel drive, unitized body with 2-way adjustable struts & dampers and front & rear anti-roll bars
Engine: 6.2L V8 naturally aspirated direct injection
Transmission: Six-speed sequential with paddle shifters
Matt Bell Camaro Stats: First joining Stevenson Motorsports in 2010, Bell began a journey with the Camaro that would last the following five seasons of CTSC competition. Bell has a total of 63 starts, 17 podiums and six race wins behind the wheel of a Camaro.
Behind the Helmet, Matt Bell: “I’m obviously very excited to be heading back to the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. It’s where I started my career, and I’ve missed it! While the series has changed quite a bit, I’m happy to be experiencing the revamped series and see what’s new and what feels the same. I’m certainly going to miss the H-pattern shifters and more production-based cars, but the GT4 class is where the motorsport world is heading, and I’m happy to see IMSA has followed suit. At its roots, the CTSC GS class still seems to be the same rough and tumble brawl of a race series that I’ve enjoyed so much in the first seven years of my career, and I’m extremely happy to be contending in it once again.
The new Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R is a serious race car. It is lighter, more nimble, and even more engineered for the race track than the Z/28.R that Stevenson Motorsport won the GS Championship with in 2015. We know the team is up to the task, we know the new car is as solid as any we’ve raced, and I’m quite certain Robin (Liddell) and I will pair well together. While we have been teammates for seven years, we’ve never been season-long co-drivers. He and I both seem to like the car the same way and have similar feedback, so that will certainly streamline the tuning process.”
Robin Liddell Camaro Stats: Robin Liddell first began his career with the Camaro in 2010, racing the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports GT.R in the GRAND-AM Rolex Series. Liddell has amassed many achievements throughout his six seasons racing behind the wheel of a Camaro including 73 race starts, 32 podiums and 18 race wins. Looking ahead to COTA, Liddell is confident in his return to the CTSC Series, anchoring on to his win in 2015 driving the No. 6 Stevenson Camaro Z/28.R.
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Race: Advance Auto Parts SportsCar Showdown – May 6, 2017 at 1:35 PM CT (2:35 PM ET)
Race Length: 2 hours and 40-minutes
Car: No. 57 Audi R8 LMS
Drivers: Andrew Davis and Lawson Aschenbach
The Track: Circuit of the Americas is the epitome of a world-class racing track in the United States. The 3.4-mile, 20-turn road course utilizes the venue’s natural landscape – including the 133-foot hill in Turn 1 – to produce a European-like racing circuit. The track draws inspiration from some of the most notable racing circuits around the world including Silverstone and Hockenheim.
Leaving Long Beach Behind: The third round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship did not amount to what the team had hoped. After being plagued by electrical issues early on in the race, the team found themselves a lap down, unable to return to the lead lap during the short 100-minute race.
Continued Championship Hunt: The Stevenson Motorsports Audi R8 GTD entry currently sits fourth in the championship hunt, with a positive set of eyes looking ahead to COTA. The team continues to have confidence in the capabilities and reliability of their Audi after showing remarkable pace at both Daytona and Sebring.
Extra Seat Time: This past weekend both Stevenson GTD drivers, Lawson Aschenbach and Andrew Davis, had a little bit of extra seat time competing in the Pirelli World Challenge race at VIRginia International Raceway. Aschenbach, who is a full-season competitor, finished third in both of his races to take the GTS championship lead. Davis, who was on coaching duty for the weekend, filled in for ill driver, Mike McCaan, in the No. 82 McCaan Racing SprintX Audi R8. Davis and co-driver Mike Skeen came away with a second and seventh place finish.
Lawson Aschenbach at COTA: Lawson Aschenbach has had the pleasure of racing at the Circuit of Americas five times, three of which were with Stevenson Motorsports. Aschenbach as shown great pace through the years, resulting in three top-10 finishes.
Behind the Helmet, Lawson Aschenbach: “COTA is more of a pure European style track. It’s very smooth and has fast corners, slow corners and I think that is going to suit the Audi very well. We had a pretty good car there last year and I think if we can just get through a clean weekend we will be alright. That has just been the struggle this year. I know we’ve got the team and I know we’ve got the drivers. We have the pace and the car; we have everything we need, we just have to put it all together.”
Andrew Davis at COTA: Andrew Davis has shown consistent results throughout his four years racing at Circuit of the Americas. Davis took a podium finish of third in 2013, which was also his first-time racing at the track. Davis’ most notable finish was in 2014 when he scored a win in the CTSC series co-driving with Robin Liddell.
Behind the Helmet, Andrew Davis: “COTA is a great circuit and obviously Formula 1 designed and a really smooth surface which will be nice compared to the tracks that we’ve been on so far this year. I’ve had success there which always makes you happy to return. I’ve been on the podium several times and have won a race. COTA is a place I know really well and it’s a combination of skills kind of track. There is lots of high speed stuff which should suit our Audi as far as the aero dynamic department; but also, some slow stuff where you have to get out of the corners really well. It’s much like street course racing but without all of the walls. There is still a lot of room for error and you still have to be picture perfect. I think we will take our luck and experience there from the past with Stevenson Motorsports and look to a good event and get some points back here in this championship battle.”
Source. Sunday Group