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Old 09-22-2011, 02:49 PM   #1
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Katech powered Camaro GT.Rs win Rolex Grand-Am GT Manufacturer's championship!

LEXINGTON, Ohio (September 17, 2011) - With today's victory in the Grand-Am Road Racing (Grand-Am) Rolex Sports Car Series (Rolex) Grand Touring (GT) class in the EMCO Gear Classic by Stevenson Motorsports teammates Robin Liddell and Ronnie Bremer, Chevrolet captured its first-ever GT Class Manufacturers' Championship for Chevrolet.

"What a tremendous day in Grand-Am Road Racing at Mid Ohio for Team Chevy in the Rolex Series GT class," said Mark Kent, Director, GM Racing. "Congratulations to Robin Liddell and Ronnie Bremer on today's win that gave the Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R team its third GT win of the season as well as securing the GT Manufacturers' Championship for Chevrolet."

Starting from the pole, Liddell and Bremer piloted the No. 57 Camaro GT.R to the team's third victory of the season leading a combined 34 of the 97-lap season finale at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course.

"As a GM factory driver, winning the manufacturers' championship for Chevrolet is the most important thing from my perspective today," said Liddell. "Obviously we were out of the team and driver championships but for us, getting the manufacturers' championship for Chevrolet was the most important thing for us. I want to thank everyone at GM Racing and Chevrolet not just for the support they have given me, but also to Stevenson Motorsports and the other Chevy teams out here; it has obviously been a big help and given us the momentum to bring this manufacturers' title home for them.

"It was a very tight battle today and I didn't really feel like I had the car under me. The team made a small change during the pit stop and the car was better for the last stint."

Leading the standings coming into today's race, Autohaus Motorsports drivers Bill Lester and Jordan Taylor fought hard for the GT team/driver championship behind the wheel of the No. 88 Camaro GT.R, but had to settle for the eighth finishing position and second in the final standings.

"All of our Chevrolet teams have put forth a tremendous effort this season," Kent continued. "In DP, we battled to the last corner of the last lap for the engine manufacturers' championship as well. Although we tied in the total points scored and total wins, we had to settle for second because of the tie-breaker rule. I couldn't be more proud of the effort.

"As the season went on, we have continued to improve the performance of our Chevrolet powered cars in DP as well as the Camaro race cars in both Rolex GT and Continental Tire GS classes. We are looking forward to the 2012 season and contending for the title in all three classes in which we compete. Congratulations again to all the teams and drivers that proudly represented Chevrolet in Grand-Am."

-Team Chevy Press Release

And a little more on Katech by the numbers:

  1. For the 2011 Grand-Am Rolex GT Series Katech supported 3 Chevrolet Camaro GT.R teams
  2. There were 12 races on the 2011 Grand-Am calender
  3. In 11 months time Katech produced 21 LS3 GT.R engines which were used to support all dyno development and validation as well as all car tests and races
  4. 1 person assembled all of the engines, Katech’s very own Senior Builder Dean Pelletier
  5. There are 61 parts manufactured by Katech used in the build and operation of a each LS3 GT.R engine
  6. The Katech engines in the 3 Camaro GT.Rs ran approximately 27,000 carefree miles with the only failure being a burnt spark plug wire in a practice session
  7. For the 2011 season the Chevrolet Camaro GT.Rs finished on the Podium 9 times, achieved 4 wins and 3 2nd places
  8. At the end of the season General Motors had captured it’s 1st Rolex GT Manufacturers Championship in the 8 years that has been competing in the series
  • Katech would like to thank General Motors Racing and Chevrolet for the opportunity to support them in the Grand-Am series
  • We would like to thank all of the hardworking members of the No. 07 Banner Racing, the No. 57 Stevenson and the No. 88 Autohaus Motorsports Camaro GT.R teams for their tireless pursuit of perfection
  • Lastly Katech would like to thank all of it’s employees and suppliers for their efforts this season because without them we would not be celebrating this championship
Stats compiled by Kevin Pranger of Katech Motorsports

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Old 09-22-2011, 02:59 PM   #2
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Good job Stevenson Motorsports on winning the manufacturers' championship for Chevrolet! Made all of us Camaro owners who were at the race very happy. Can't wait for next year.
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Old 09-23-2011, 10:17 AM   #3
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Great work Katech, and great work to all the Camaro teams in Grand Am racing hard. We obviously wish that Autohaus would have been able to hold off the Porsche in the final standings, but what can you do?

Great work all around in Grand Am, they were some fun races to watch!
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Where's that mustang idiot (thepill) to tell us it's only because they had to de-tune the BMW's and mustang's?? Great job guys, congrats.
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Congrats to everyone involved. It is a lot of fun watching the Camaro out there mixing it up.
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