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IOMZL1 05-10-2012 09:08 AM

Indycar and NASCAR drivers drive the ZL1

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.”

tfghung 05-10-2012 09:20 AM

that is awesome. wonder if they ever let regular corvette and camaro owners test out the track?

SlingShot 05-10-2012 09:46 AM

Wish they would publish some track times with some of the pro drivers to see how they compare.

DGthe3 05-11-2012 08:08 PM


Originally Posted by tfghung (Post 4940044)
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.

Wolverine 05-21-2012 05:02 PM

pglorioso 05-21-2012 06:19 PM


Originally Posted by Wolverine (Post 4998827)

Great ride!! Would have loved to hear Helio's comments after the drive:w00t:

jbotta 05-21-2012 06:43 PM


b4z 05-21-2012 07:50 PM

Almost looked like the bak of the passenger seat was gonna break.

Blue Maro Demon 05-22-2012 12:52 AM

Helio Castroneves in a ZL1

2010SLVRBULIT 05-22-2012 01:06 AM

WTH is Helio Castro?

Bad@ssCamaro 05-22-2012 01:07 AM

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...:yikes: :D

Bad@ssCamaro 05-22-2012 01:08 AM


Originally Posted by 2010SLVRBULIT (Post 5001769)
WTH is Helio Castro?

A famous Indy car and Nascar driver :facepalm:

mlee 05-22-2012 01:11 AM

Awesome Ride along... :thumbsup:

mrwmaw 05-22-2012 03:47 AM

I love it. He has a permagrin on his face the whole ride.

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