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Old 05-10-2012, 09:08 AM   #1
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Detroit, MI (May 10, 2012) – Panther Racing driver JR Hildebrand visited the General Motor’s Proving Grounds in Milford, Michigan last week as part of a Chevrolet program to reward the company’s top 50 dealers. Dealers from across the United States were brought to the Proving Grounds and treated to the thrill ride of a lifetime in the new Chevy ZL1 Camaro driven by a cast of Chevy drivers. The perfect car for these hot laps, the ZL1 Camaro was the right combination of sports car and high performance.

“I was just blown away with the ability of the car. Its got a ton of grip, the breaks are awesome, and lap after lap the only thing that was wearing out were the tires,” Hildebrand explained. “So that was pretty impressive for a street car to be that good.”

In addition to Hildebrand, Chevy also brought out fellow IndyCar drivers Helio Castroneves, Will Power, and Ryan Briscoe as well as NASCAR drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Jeff Burton to give the top dealers hot laps in the new ZL1 Camaro.

The Chevy drivers put the new Camaro through its paces as they ripped around one of the Proving Grounds most unique test tracks, the 2.9 mile Milford Road Course, which is made up of some of the most famous turns from tracks throughout the world.

“It was cool to be able to get that experience and check out the test track and the car,” Hildebrand said. “It was a lot of fun because the track is very technical and really quite challenging; there are a lot of blind corners and a lot of high-speed corners.

Even Chevy engineers got in on the action and took multiple hot laps with the drivers.

“It was super fun,” Hildebrand concluded. “It’s just one of those perks of the job that we get to come out and hang out with the whole Chevrolet family.”

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Old 05-10-2012, 09:20 AM   #2
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that is awesome. wonder if they ever let regular corvette and camaro owners test out the track?
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Wish they would publish some track times with some of the pro drivers to see how they compare.
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Old 05-11-2012, 08:08 PM   #4
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that is awesome. wonder if they ever let regular corvette and camaro owners test out the track?
No. The closest would be if they let folks like the 12 disciples (of which there are 15) drive it, but they're not exactly 'regular owners' though.
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Old 05-21-2012, 06:19 PM   #6
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Great ride!! Would have loved to hear Helio's comments after the drive
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Almost looked like the bak of the passenger seat was gonna break.
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WTH is Helio Castro?
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Old 05-22-2012, 01:07 AM   #11
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Wow! they were pulling some serious G's. That guy Mark was bouncing around all over the place. I think they need a 5 point harness for that guy...
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I love it. He has a permagrin on his face the whole ride.
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I love it. He has a permagrin on his face the whole ride.
At some points those turned into grimaces of (HOLY BAGEESES - THESE G'S ARE MURDER)
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The passenger must be a big dude. Look at how much the seat is flexing in turns.
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i love the guys face its priceless, its like "" for the whole video
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For those complaining about the ZL1 NOT having a Recaro Seat option (me??? ), Helio did not not move one bit around the course. I guess the stock seats work pretty well. The passenger seat would have worked better if the passenger had not been filled with Helium.
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That was very cool! I bet the car would have felt better to Heilo if he wouldn't have had that extra 300lbs riding with him.
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Old 05-23-2012, 10:45 AM   #21
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I would like to an outside video of that run.
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For those complaining about the ZL1 NOT having a Recaro Seat option (me??? ), Helio did not not move one bit around the course. I guess the stock seats work pretty well. The passenger seat would have worked better if the passenger had not been filled with Helium.
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You guys are hilarious must've been an awesome feeling. I wish I was there
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For those complaining about the ZL1 NOT having a Recaro Seat option (me??? ), Helio did not not move one bit around the course. I guess the stock seats work pretty well. The passenger seat would have worked better if the passenger had not been filled with Helium.
LMAO - that's funny stuff right there. But with Helio, he was using his arms on the steering wheel to help counterbalance the shifting, the Helium guy had nothing to hold onto.
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Now see boys and girls... doesn't that look like so much more fun than waiting for an hour to mash the pedal for 12 seconds in the 1/4 mile then it's over? Love road-course racing!

Granted the driver is a top pro but I'm impressed with the car's handling. The car is already heavy but even with the extra weight it doesn't look heavy when cornering. Amazing.
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