Championship Year: Chevrolet Racing Scores Big in 2015 Motorsports

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Chevrolet racing is coming off of one of its most successful years to date with a combined total of 11 championships in NASCAR, IndyCar, NHRA, United SportsCar Championship, and Pirelli World Challenge series.  Additionally, Chevy drivers took the checkered flag in several important races including the Indianapolis 500, IndyCar Dual in Detroit, NHRA U.S. Nationals, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Rolex 24 hours at Daytona, and Chevy’s first victory in over 50 years at the 12 Hours of Sebring.

You may think all of this has little to do with the Chevrolet you’re driving every day, but as Chevrolet U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, Jim Campbell, stated recently, “What we learn on the race track helps us build better vehicles and powertrains for the showroom.” So all of this success doesn’t just fill Chevy execs with pride and bragging rights, it also fills your Chevrolet vehicle with the most cutting edge technology available to modern drivers.

Chevrolet’s 2015 wins are a testament to their engineering and design teams’ dedication to driving excellence. The most amazing aspect of this list of championships is they were won on practically every track available to modern motorsports; from road and oval courses to drag strips.  Here is the rundown of this year’s racing accomplishments for Chevrolet:

INDYCAR – The twin-turbo V6 IndyCar engine crushed the competition with 16 poles and 10 wins in 16 races in its 4th consecutive Manufacturer Championship.  Scott Dixon brought home the Driver Championship trophy and Juan Pablo Montoya won the 99th Indianapolis 500.

NASCAR Sprint Cup – For the 13th consecutive year (and 39th time overall), Chevrolet won the Manufacturer Championship prolonging its place as king of the manufacturer hill. Drivers for Team Chevy collected 15 NASCAR race wins including the manufacturer’s 750th all-time win when Kevin Harvick crossed the finish line at Dover last October.

NASCAR Xfinity – For the 17th time, Chevrolet won the Bill France Performance Cup. This year’s win put Chevrolet’s all-time victories at 400 when Chase Elliott took the checkered flag at Richmond in September.

The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) – Chevrolet dominated in the drag racing world as well by collecting its 2nd consecutive (and 21st overall) win at the Manufacturer Bowl. Team Chevy won 29 national event victories in three Eliminator categories.

IMSA TUDOR United SportCar Championship – The Prototype Engine Manufacturer title went to Chevrolet for the 2nd consecutive year with its Corvette Daytona Prototype (DP). The Corvette DP took seven consecutive wins and each of the four teams that make up Chevy Racing won in 2015. In the GT division, three endurance races were won by Corvette Racing.

IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge – 2015 was a banner year for Chevy Racing with their first championship in the Grand Sport (GS) class.

After a year like 2015, Mr. Campbell couldn’t praise his racing team enough, “We’re proud of the Chevrolet drivers, teams, and crews that delivered wins and championships that made 2015 another successful race season.”

We couldn’t agree more. As long-time members of the Chevrolet manufacturing team, Finnegan Chevrolet is thrilled with the season Chevy Racing just completed and look forward to many more years making these award-winning, championship vehicles available to you. So shop us online or stop into our showroom and experience the Chevrolet difference yourself. One test drive is all you’ll need to see why no one beats Chevrolet or Finnegan Chevrolet.

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