'Commodore' Conquers Daytona!

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    'Commodore' Conquers Daytona!

    GM Holden Media Release - 25 February

    Commodore Conquers Daytona!

    Chevrolet SS victorious on Daytona debut – winning start for Holden’s new retail export campaign
    Australia’s newest export is cruising its way down Victory Lane…




    Five-time NASCAR series champion Jimmie Johnson won the 55th running of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway at the wheel of a Chevrolet SS NASCAR, the racing version of Chevrolet’s new flagship Super Sport sedan, based on the forthcoming Holden VF Commodore.

    "Holden's new retail export campaign couldn't have got off to a better start," said Holden Chairman and Managing Director Mike Devereux. "A win at Daytona is a major event, and a great way for Holden and Chevrolet to give the new SS some great early publicity in the market as the American brand's new flagship sports sedan."


    The Chevrolet SS has been dubbed as the car that will put the ‘stock’ back into stock car racing, as the new 2013 cars more closely resemble their showroom counterparts than ever in recent years.

    The roadgoing SS debuts in American showrooms later this year, and will be built by Holden Vehicle Operations in Adelaide, South Australia.

    “I’m very happy to win the first Gen-6 race in the Gen-6 car for Chevrolet in their SS,” said Johnson, who led 16 laps and took the lead for good shortly after the final restart. Johnson, who also won Daytona 500 in 2006, now has 61 victories in 400 career starts.

    “Congratulations to Jimmie Johnson, (crew chief) Chad Knaus and (team owner) Rick Hendrick on their victory in The Great American Race,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “And for the Chevrolet SS to win its first points race is incredible. This is a culmination of a tremendous effort by our engineers, owners, drivers, crew chiefs and teams who worked together to develop the Chevrolet SS race car. So much hard work went into preparing the Chevrolet SS for competition in the Sprint Cup series. We waited a long time for this race, and the performance of the No. 48 team made that wait worthwhile.”

    Johnson finished 0.129 seconds ahead of teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet SS). It’s the third time in the last four years that Earnhardt Jr. has been the Daytona 500 runner-up. Ryan Newman (fifth, No. 39 Quicken Loans Chevrolet SS), Regan Smith (seventh, No. 51 Phoenix Construction Chevrolet) and pole-sitter Danica Patrick (eighth, No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet SS) also finished in the top 10 for Team Chevy.

    It was the seventh Daytona 500 victory for Hendrick.

    Chevrolet now has 22 Daytona 500 victories, more than any other manufacturer. A Team Chevy driver has won seven of the last 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series openers at the 2.5-mile (4.02km) track.

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    Re: 'Commodore' Conquers Daytona!

    I don't think you could ask for more of a champagne start than that - high-profile release campaign leading up to the event, Official Pace Car with Chevrolet chief executive driving, Fastest Qualifier (and first ever female pole-sitter), Sprint support (and first ever Gen 6 event) winner, 500 race winner, 1st, 2nd, 5th, 7th, 8th (highest placed female driver ever) and 10th places.

    Of course, these bear little resemblance to the Chevrolet SS road car under the skin - but that is publicity you can't buy.

    I bet as one of the people who helped save Holden during the GFC, and who's been a champion for the Commodore, this must be a particularly sweet moment for Mark Reuss.

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    Re: 'Commodore' Conquers Daytona!

    The "car with no name" wins first up, beauty!

    What was the race the day before with the spectators injured?
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    Re: 'Commodore' Conquers Daytona!

    Quote Originally Posted by BBDOS CV8 View Post
    I don't think you could ask for more of a champagne start than that - high-profile release campaign leading up to the event, Official Pace Car with Chevrolet chief executive driving, Fastest Qualifier (and first ever female pole-sitter), Sprint support (and first ever Gen 6 event) winner, 500 race winner, 1st, 2nd, 5th, 7th, 8th (highest placed female driver ever) and 10th places.

    Of course, these bear little resemblance to the Chevrolet SS road car under the skin - but that is publicity you can't buy.

    I bet as one of the people who helped save Holden during the GFC, and who's been a champion for the Commodore, this must be a particularly sweet moment for Mark Reuss.
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    Re: 'Commodore' Conquers Daytona!

    Has any one seen any footage of the SS pace car yet?

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    Re: 'Commodore' Conquers Daytona!

    Quote Originally Posted by RedVee8 View Post
    The "car with no name" wins first up, beauty!

    What was the race the day before with the spectators injured?
    That was the Nationwide Series event. Sort of like the Fujitsu series, only with different nameplates to the main event. The Chevy is a Camaro, the Ford is a Mustang, the Dodge is a Challenger and the Toyota is the only one the same being a Camry.

    What the news footage didn;t explain was that the crash was literally on the finish line - most of the car finished the race sideways or upside down.

    I've become a bit of a NASCAR tragic after following Marcos Ambrose. He did OK today, and was up to 7th at one stage but finished 18th.


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    Re: 'Commodore' Conquers Daytona!

    Lets follow it up with a drink in the Pub with no Beer . Nah it's pretty good and needs the followe through with the Clipsal 500 and that would be the icing
    Quote Originally Posted by RedVee8 View Post
    The "car with no name" wins first up, beauty!

    What was the race the day before with the spectators injured?
    That was the Nationwide series. Chev use a car with a nam also based off of Zeta called Camaro.

    I do hope all injured are on the mend and no life threatening injuries were sustained. I was watching and it looked pretty messy.
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    Re: 'Commodore' Conquers Daytona!

    Here is a video I found on youtube of the Chevrolet SS


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    Sounds nice accelerating in that video mate
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    Re: 'Commodore' Conquers Daytona!

    Quote Originally Posted by bman149 View Post
    Here is a video I found on youtube of the Chevrolet SS


    Nice find. Car sounds nice as well.

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    Re: 'Commodore' Conquers Daytona!

    Enough with stupid announcers and the "stock back in stock cars" crap already!
    The Ford and Toyota are FWD cars. Do they think we're fools??

    At least the SS is driven by the right wheels and actually is a fast car.
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    Re: 'Commodore' Conquers Daytona!

    Sounds like he said he went up to 155 in the video.
    I didn't go to math school, so I'm not going to do the math.

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    Re: 'Commodore' Conquers Daytona!

    The NameleSS wins!
    Buy American. Buy Ford. So say we all!

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    Re: 'Commodore' Conquers Daytona!

    I just wish it was on sale today/Monday.

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