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Old 06-20-2010, 03:56 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Thanks to all the Camaro Race fans from Matt Bell Stevenson Motorsport Sunoco Camaro

I saw my name on the Camaro5.com homepage and decided now was a great time to make my first post on the forum!

I would like to show some thanks on behalf of the entire Stevenson Motorsport Sunoco Camaro GS team. We had an up and down weekend, but one constant was the immense support from our loyal fans. We accommodated a few this weekend with tours of our cars and associated equipment and I have to say that each person as charming as our racing machine. I have dealt with other manufacturers' fans in the past and have to say that Camaro (or General Motors fans for that matter) are second to none. I know that the rest of the driving team, as well as the entire support crew for the 2010 Sunoco Camaro GS team are equally thankful for the following we have.

Be sure to watch the drama of our Mid-Ohio CTSCC race on the 26th at 1:00p ET, as always, on SPEED. It was a dramatic race for Jeff Bucknum and I! We had the challenge of keeping a very crippled Camaro competitive from the front of the pack following the team's first ever pole position. Turned out we had a sway bar issue meaning there was a whole lot of sideways action-- should make for some good TV.

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Old 06-20-2010, 04:00 PM   #2
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VERY COOL! I'll definitely watch the race next Saturday. Thanks for posting!
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Congrats on the pole and record time Matt! Glad to have you here and good luck to you for the rest of the season.
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Thanks guys, you're just a few more great fans to add to the list! An interesting statistic: We had more facebook fans in the first two weeks than any other Grand-Am team has had, ever. You guys are awesome!
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Old 06-20-2010, 04:35 PM   #7
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YEAH!!! We were lucky enough to meet Matt (and the other Stevenson drivers) on Saturday - what a great group of guys!!! Sorry that the weekend didn't turn out like it should have, but we had a great time nonetheless!!

My hubby and I organized the Camaro Enthusiasts Group (made up of NEOCC and Camaro 5 members) he was talking about!!! Here's our post... http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=71869.

Welcome to the site Matt and we'll see you at the track again!!!!!


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Late Friday afternoon …….. #6 Sunoco Camaro Takes Pole and Breaks Track Record!! Hubby Chris and I had just left the Mid-Ohio track when we got word of this and what a feeling we had!!!!! We couldn’t wait to share this news with our Camaro family….. knowing we had a group of Camaro Enthusiasts coming on Saturday to welcome Camaro back to the racetrack and show our support to the Camaro racing teams, maybe we could help cheer one of them on to victory and possibly witness an important milestone in Camaros already impressive hstory. Our excitement grew!!

Well…..unfortunately a sway bar issue kept the Stevenson Motorsports #6 from victory and a valiant effort by #9 was thwarted by a crash. The #57 finished 5th and #97 finished 9th in their class. Strong runs by Mitchum Motorsports and Momentum Motorsports, who also carry the Camaro banner, also ended in disappointment and torn up race cars.

Victory may not have been achieved, but they all showed that Camaro is not only back, but that it means business and that victory is on the horizon!!

THANK YOU to the Camaro5 members that participated in the 1st Annual F-Body Gathering at Mid-Ohio!!! Hope you all had a great time and didn’t get too sunburned . We ended up with 12 Camaros and 1 Firebird – not too bad for a first time event!

THANK YOU to Stevenson Motorsports – what can we say…..WOW!!! What a great group of folks!! The hospitality shown to our group was SO FAR above anything we could have expected! We were made to feel, not like spectators, but like one of the team. Mike Johnson, Team Manager, gave a very informative tour of not only the haulers and garage area, but also gave us all a great education about the cars and their differences (for their respective series). The drivers – Matt Bell, Jeff Bucknum (drivers of the #6) and Al Carter and Hugh Plumb (drivers of the #9) – were a phenomenal bunch of guys and took time from their busy schedules to talk with us, take pics, sign autographs and even joke a round a bit. (Due to their responsibilities, we were not able to meet the drivers of the #57 and #97 Stevenson Camaros. Judging from the rest of the team, we’re sure they’re just as awesome! Hopefully, we’ll be able to meet them next year.). Special thanks to Cathy and Steve Bucknum and the other members of the Stevenson crews for making us feel so welcome, while still continuing the rigorous activities necessary to compete in (2) highly competitive racing series.

We also met Camaro drivers and team members from Mitchum and Momentum Motorsports who were also very friendly and hospitable.

Camaro fans can rest assured that their banner is being carried by a group of VERY dedicated competitors on all three Camaro teams and definitely deserve our support!

Look for details to be posted in early 2011 for the 2nd Annual event. We’ve already got ideas to make this bigger and better!!!!!!!

All we can say is ........ if you weren’t there, you MISSED OUT (but there's always next year) !!!!!!!!!


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Old 06-20-2010, 04:36 PM   #8
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Saw you race last weekend on TV and was damn proud of what you guys have been doing, keep up the great work and congratulations!!!!
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Old 06-20-2010, 05:01 PM   #9
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Talking I LOVE WATCHING THOSE CAMAROS RACING!!!

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I have become facebook friends with Jeff Bucknum, your teammate, and I have to say that I am a new fan of Grand Am Racing...

I have been a HUGE NASCAR fan my whole life, thanks to my dad...

Being an owner of the 2010 Camaro, and now getting a chance to see you guys racing out there is thrilling to me!!!...

I have been promoting your races on here in the 'Sports Lounge' section, and also on facebook, and I have to say you are gaining new fans each week!!!...

Congrats on the pole position yesterday, Matt...it is only a matter of time before that BAD A** Sunoco Camaro ends up in victory lane!!!...

Your new #1 fan forever!!!...

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Love seeing the Camaro in the races!
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Old 06-20-2010, 05:32 PM   #11
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Congrat on the biug win guys! And the record breaking!
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I saw my name on the Camaro5.com homepage and decided now was a great time to make my first post on the forum!

Be sure to watch the drama of our Mid-Ohio CTSCC race on the 26th at 1:00p ET, as always, on SPEED. It was a dramatic race for Jeff Bucknum and I! We had the challenge of keeping a very crippled Camaro competitive from the front of the pack following the team's first ever pole position. Turned out we had a sway bar issue meaning there was a whole lot of sideways action-- should make for some good TV.

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Saw you race last weekend on TV and was damn proud of what you guys have been doing, keep up the great work and congratulations!!!!
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Old 06-20-2010, 05:54 PM   #14
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This is AWESOME!! I love watching Grand Am racing and I can't tell you how cool it is seeing that #6 car. WOW!!! That is one HOT looking race car. Seriously, it's not even close as to who has the hottest looking car. Thank you so much for taking time to post on our site. I know it means a lot to all of us.
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Old 06-20-2010, 06:25 PM   #15
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Congrats on the pole! We've enjoyed watching you and won't miss this one.
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Old 06-20-2010, 06:28 PM   #16
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Wow, this forum is a really hot spot for some serious fandom for the mighty Sunoco Camaro! I agree wholesomely, BackinBlack, and "prima"DONNA's photos prove that point-- we do have one sexy race car! Seriously, those are some awesome shots from Lime Rock!

First seasons are always rough ones, keep up all the support and it'll assure us a great sophomore year in Grand-Am! We've had our share of bad luck but everyone driving a car with a bow tie is always willing and EXCITED to give it another try every race weekend. I speak for the entire driving team when I say we are all very proud to be a part of the Sunoco Camaro class of 2010 and the fans make the experience that much sweeter!

P.S. I'll post up some in-car video to supplement the TV coverage so everyone can experience how insane it is to drive a Camaro sans it's front sway bar!
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Wow, this forum is a really hot spot for some serious fandom for the mighty Sunoco Camaro! I agree wholesomely, BackinBlack, and "prima"DONNA's photos prove that point-- we do have one sexy race car! Seriously, those are some awesome shots from Lime Rock!

First seasons are always rough ones, keep up all the support and it'll assure us a great sophomore year in Grand-Am! We've had our share of bad luck but everyone driving a car with a bow tie is always willing and EXCITED to give it another try every race weekend. I speak for the entire driving team when I say we are all very proud to be a part of the Sunoco Camaro class of 2010 and the fans make the experience that much sweeter!

P.S. I'll post up some in-car video to supplement the TV coverage so everyone can experience how insane it is to drive a Camaro sans it's front sway bar!
Seeing the in car video will be a treat can't wait!!!
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YIPPPPPPPPPPEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...so excited to have you on Camaro5, Matt!!!...
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Matt, his Family, along with Jeff, Hugh, Al and Craig are invaluable assets to the Stevenson Motorsports/Sunoco Camaro racing team.
I know for my self and the others in the Crew we were just as excited to have you come in and get a view of the behind the scene goings on of this awesome team.
We all have been very blessed to have Mr. and Mrs. Stevenson's support though out all this.
I know that I speak for all the guys when i say we are sorry that we did not have the time to speak to each and every one of you our selfs. But as Matt mentioned, the first year with any new team, much less new car, there are lots of "bugs" to be worked out. this weekend surely had its far share and I think all the guys did an awesome job.
Thanks for all your support and please keep spreading the word.

Hope to see more of the fans at the rest of the races.

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It should indeed be said, as Donnie mentioned, that none of this amazing racing heritage would be reborn without Mr. and Mrs. Stevenson. Quite simply: They have assembled the best team in the paddock and we're all just waiting for our chance to prove that. This crew works harder than any other I've seen and they have the cuts, bruises, and missing appendages to prove it!

A side note, I just posted some in-car video from the Watkins Glen race here... enjoy!

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=90685
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Matt, his Family, along with Jeff, Hugh, Al and Craig are invaluable assets to the Stevenson Motorsports/Sunoco Camaro racing team.
I know for my self and the others in the Crew we were just as excited to have you come in and get a view of the behind the scene goings on of this awesome team.
We all have been very blessed to have Mr. and Mrs. Stevenson's support though out all this.
I know that I speak for all the guys when i say we are sorry that we did not have the time to speak to each and every one of you our selfs. But as Matt mentioned, the first year with any new team, much less new car, there are lots of "bugs" to be worked out. this weekend surely had its far share and I think all the guys did an awesome job.
Thanks for all your support and please keep spreading the word.

Hope to see more of the fans at the rest of the races.

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It should indeed be said, as Donnie mentioned, that none of this amazing racing heritage would be reborn without Mr. and Mrs. Stevenson. Quite simply: They have assembled the best team in the paddock and we're all just waiting for our chance to prove that. This crew works harder than any other I've seen and they have the cuts, bruises, and missing appendages to prove it!

A side note, I just posted some in-car video from the Watkins Glen race here... enjoy!

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=90685

Just ask Jeff Bucknum...I have become your new, most excited, most enthusiastic, #1 fan!!!...

Grand Am Racing is now my new favorite form of racing!!!....

for sharing your photos, videos, testing, practice, qualifying, and race day stories with us!!!...


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What's the power train like?
If by powertrain you mean engine-- awesome. It really is a joy to drive. That little (big) motor doesn't spin up very high, but it definitely doesn't need to. The transmission had some bugs worked out and now works flawlessly. Grand-Am has been helping us a lot with drivetrain parts helping us be more competitive. The Camaro is a fantastic hot rod, but the BMWs and Porsches are made to road race. The new GM platform is quite amazing considering it can even keep up with these race-bred Euro machines. It's even more amazing that it doesn't just keep up, it BEATS them! Once again, a testament both to Chevrolet and Stevenson Motorsports for developing such a versatile car.

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Grand Am Racing is now my new favorite form of racing!!!....

for sharing your photos, videos, testing, practice, qualifying, and race day stories with us!!!...
No problem. I seem to have stumbled upon a mecca for Camaro racing enthusiasts. I have a feeling I'll be sharing much more on here! Grand-Am certainly is the place to race in 2010. They have quite a diverse field that can all race very close. The series has planted a seed that grows epic battles that echo the golden era of Trans Am-- it shouldn't be long until this becomes an extremely popular sport!
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The new GM platform is quite amazing considering it can even keep up with these race-bred Euro machines. It's even more amazing that it doesn't just keep up, it BEATS them! Once again, a testament both to Chevrolet and Stevenson Motorsports for developing such a versatile car.
Can you tell we LOVE the Camaro???
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We REALLY enjoyed meeting you this weekend Matt! Our group had a lot of road racing first timers and I think they're hooked!

We're working on spreading the word to Camaro groups near the other venues where you will be racing. A friend in Florida is trying to put together an event like we had yesterday at Mid-Ohio for a race down there.

We appreciate your efforts and dedication -- you folks represent Camaro enthusiasts very well!! After meeting you all and getting to see some of the "behind the scenes" happenings in your organization, you are all a CLASS ACT and we all felt like one of the team, not just spectators.

Thanks again for your hospitality and the in-car video is awesome and can't wait to see more!!!!

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