|Brittany Force and crew|
Two states, three series, seven victories. Chevrolet Racing enjoyed a successful weekend, winning in NASCAR, IMSA and NHRA races held in California and Florida.
When Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Chevrolet SS and six-time series champion, won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., late Sunday, it capped a successful weekend for Chevrolet that saw multiple victories across multiple series:
- In IMSA, Corvette’s success in endurance races continued on Saturday with its GTLM class victory in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in Sebring, Fla.; the No. 4 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R – driven by Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Marcel Fassler – won its second straight race to open the season.
- In NHRA, Chevrolet swept the 47th Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla.:
- John Force Racing’s Brittany Force earned her first career Top Fuel victory
- JFR’s Robert Hight (Chevrolet Camaro SS) won in Funny Car for the 37th time in his career
- Greg Anderson (Chevrolet Camaro SS) scored his 80th victory in Pro Stock
- David Barton (COPO Camaro) won in the Factory Showdown Eliminator class.
- In NASCAR, Johnson’s victory in the Sprint Cup race in Fontana followed Austin Dillon’s (No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro) win on Saturday in the Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway; Dillon also won the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race.
“Going into a race weekend, our goal is to win every series and in every class," said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “The Chevrolet teams, crews and drivers really delivered when it counted, with seven victories this weekend. We couldn’t be prouder of them."
Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Chevrolet SS) finished second in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event to give Chevrolet a 1-2 finish. In addition, Johnson’s victory also was the 77th of his career, moving him past the legendary Dale Earnhardt into sole possession of seventh place on NASCAR’s all-time wins list.
Corvette Racing now has won the last five of the world’s top endurance races: Sebring and Daytona in 2016, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Sebring and Daytona in 2015.
In addition, Chevrolet Performance-sponsored Donny Schatz of Tony Stewart Racing won two World of Outlaws events in Stockton, Calif., over the weekend.