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Old 12-04-2009, 06:52 AM   #1
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Presenting the NEW Grand AM Camaro GT.R racecar

Here are a few spy shots of the all new Number 97 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R

They guys got the engine back in today and the car is coming alone nicely.


When the 2010 season of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No.16 opens on January 30th, with the 48th running of the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, a brand new Stevenson Motorsports / BryanMark Financial / VinSolutions 2010 Camaro GT.R will be on the grid and looking to kick off a great new season of racing in the GT Class. The initial shakedown of the Pratt & Miller built Camaro will come with the team’s participation in the December 8 and 9 Rolex Series test days at Daytona International Speedway. Having enjoyed a great run with the Pontiac GXP.R the last two seasons, the team decided to retain all they have learned with that chassis by swapping the Pontiac body for the new 2010 Camaro body. As Pratt & Miller Engineering built the original chassis they were the logical choice to go with to build and mount the new Camaro body.


Team owner John Stevenson:"Besides the Camaro being the hottest new musclecar in the marketplace, we have two years of experience with the chassis in the Pontiac and we can transfer the same drive train and chassis - with updates - to the new Camaro body and not lose any of our hard-earned data. All of our spare parts apply to the Camaro as well. With Pratt & Miller we are also going with probably the world's premiere chassis builder." Pratt & Miller have enjoyed a long record of success in motorsports. In the 20 years they have been in business, they have evolved from a small business designing and building race cars into an international engineering powerhouse. Today Pratt & Miller is recognized around the world as a formidable force in both motorsports and high-level engineering. They have built cars that have won virtually every prestigious production-based race event from the 24 Hours of Le Mans to the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the Sebring 12-hours, and many others.


Stevenson Team Manager Mike Johnson will again head up the effort to put drivers Andrew Davis and Robin Liddell on the podium often in 2010. After two successful seasons of campaigning the Pontiac GXP.R in the Rolex Series, he will look to squeeze every last competitive drop of speed out of the new car in pursuit of the 2010 Team and Driver’s Championships.


Johnson too feels the choice of Pratt & Miller gives them the head start needed to win in the very competitive GT class. Johnson:"Two years with the GXP.R gave us more wins than any other team in GT, but we fell short both years in the Team and Driver’s Championship. For 2010 we are taking a big gamble by having to learn a new car, but most of the running gear will be the same, so we will be doing a lot of aero work at this first test. We have been so busy trying to build new cars that we really have no idea what to expect in this years championship, but the guys are working through the holidays to give us the best advantage possible. We are definitely making things difficult on ourselves, but that’s when we seem to do best." The team’s objectives for the test days are simply to learn all they can about the new chassis/body combination. Team owner Johnny Stevenson:"We intend to shake down the re- configured car as a Camaro and try to learn about and define the aero-changes between the Pontiac and the Camaro bodies."


Going into the 2010 season with a new body will undoubtedly present some challenges. Stevenson has hedged his bets by bringing back the core team that put his team among the leaders in the Rolex series the last two seasons. «Obviously, Andrew and Robin are great drivers that represent us well," said Stevenson,"and Mike is the best at race strategy and making the calls from the box. We are glad to have them all back this year." Also returning this season will be sponsor BryanMark Financial and a new major sponsor in VinSolutions (www.vinsolutions.com) an industry-leading developer of Internet-based desking, automotive CRM and Internet lead management (ILM) software. VinSolutions helps automotive dealers attract, sell, satisfy and retain their customers more profitably.

You can read more about this at www.stevensonmotorsports.com






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Old 12-04-2009, 07:00 AM   #2
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Old 12-04-2009, 07:21 AM   #3
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Awesome!!

Apparently the truck driver ripped one of the mirrors off when backing off of the delivery truck

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Old 12-04-2009, 11:34 AM   #4
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Nice its cool that they are keeping most of the features of the front fascia and just covering up for better aerodynamics. The stock spoiler and a high wing though? Looks like they went to the school of redundancy school.
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Old 12-04-2009, 11:45 AM   #5
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Old 12-04-2009, 11:48 AM   #6
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I love the pontiac spoiler. hahaha
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Old 12-04-2009, 11:58 AM   #7
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I was going to ask, why does the spoiler say Pontiac?
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Old 12-04-2009, 12:02 PM   #8
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I am guessing it was a wing that was in a Pontiac car before.. and they still have to paint it to say .. Chevrolet or Camaro or whatever.


The car is going to be sick...
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Old 12-04-2009, 12:48 PM   #9
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I am guessing it was a wing that was in a Pontiac car before.. and they still have to paint it to say .. Chevrolet or Camaro or whatever.


The car is going to be sick...
Actually both of the cars were Pontiac's last season. One being out 57 GXP.R The cars have been reskined with the 2010 Camaro body.

The wings, well there are both there for a purpose. Pratt&Miller has done extensive R&D on these bodies and I assure you there is a reason for every piece that is on there.....

The mirror.....lol. Funny.... That is the Mirror off or the car we sent to Pratt to make the Carbon Molds from. GM was not able to get us a new RH mirror before we picked up the car. You would be suprised how hard it is to get some of the parts for these things.
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Old 12-04-2009, 01:07 PM   #10
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Ya the Pontiac name just doesn't work for me.
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Old 12-04-2009, 01:29 PM   #11
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Looks awesome. I kinda like the headlight covers.
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Old 12-04-2009, 01:40 PM   #12
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Old 12-04-2009, 01:49 PM   #13
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Old 12-04-2009, 01:54 PM   #14
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GXP resskinned? HMMM, must be a cost thing.
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Old 12-04-2009, 02:06 PM   #15
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GXP resskinned? HMMM, must be a cost thing.
the GXP was just a reskinned GTO.R . The car is basically a tubeframe built by Pratt and Miller and never was a real Camaro or even GTO in the first place.
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Old 12-04-2009, 02:11 PM   #16
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cant wait5 to see it finished!
Are they going to take the stock spoiler off or leave it on?
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Old 12-04-2009, 02:22 PM   #17
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the GXP was just a reskinned GTO.R . The car is basically a tubeframe built by Pratt and Miller and never was a real Camaro or even GTO in the first place.
Ahh, gotcha. Went the way of Nascar huh? I like the old days.
What you saw is what it was with some tweaks obviously.
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Old 12-04-2009, 03:39 PM   #18
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Is there a race series out there that uses stock or close to stock cars anymore?
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Old 12-04-2009, 04:01 PM   #20
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Ahh, gotcha. Went the way of Nascar huh? I like the old days.
What you saw is what it was with some tweaks obviously.
Wellll I wouldn't call it NASCAR at all. It does use stock body dimensions panels, etc. There are a lot of stock pieces that are carried over or at least built to the same size and spec but of lighter material. As well a lot of GT cars are not tube framed race cars such as the Porsche 911. As well the drivetrain will be LS3 based. The car is much closer to its street counterpart, just basically has had the frame rebuilt in metal tubing for safety, repairability, and obviously performance purposes.

Grand Am Cup cars are all production based such as the Sunoco Camaro Conecpt, that was a GA Cup car. Also Speed World Challenge are production based cars.
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Old 12-04-2009, 04:32 PM   #23
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Old 12-04-2009, 10:36 PM   #24
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Wellll I wouldn't call it NASCAR at all. It does use stock body dimensions panels, etc. There are a lot of stock pieces that are carried over or at least built to the same size and spec but of lighter material. As well a lot of GT cars are not tube framed race cars such as the Porsche 911. As well the drivetrain will be LS3 based. The car is much closer to its street counterpart, just basically has had the frame rebuilt in metal tubing for safety, repairability, and obviously performance purposes.

Grand Am Cup cars are all production based such as the Sunoco Camaro Conecpt, that was a GA Cup car. Also Speed World Challenge are production based cars.
All body panels on these car are the same a factory. We even use the factory front and rear poly bumper covers. They do not run the LS3 Combo. They are running the LS6 engines with the X-trac gearbox (Similar to the Corvettes). The GTO Chassis's are a little different than the GTO chassis's. The GTO's were a little shorter.
The reason for reusing the GXP.R chassis was not so much a cost issue as much as already having the bugs worked out of this chassis design and no need to replace a chassis that has and does work as good as these. Plus the wheels base and width are the same from the GXP.R and the Camaro.

The GS cars in the Former Koni Series are Bone Stock cars except for the Brake upgrades, shocks, springs, Roll cage, sway bars and exhaust (no Cats allowed). They run Bone Stock suspension and Drive trains. We will be Running the #6 Sunoco Camaro and the #9 Camaro in that series as well.
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