Thursday, May 17, 2012

Who has the best burnout in NASCAR?

   It's time again to find out who does the best post-victory celebratory burnout in NASCAR.

   Last year's Pennzoil Victory Burnout Challenge winner Kasey Kahne and 2010 Burnout champion Joey Logano will be joined by Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer and A.J. Allmendinger in this season's competition, which will be held Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway prior to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.

    The Pennzoil Victory Burnout Challenge has become a fan-favorite staple in the weekend’s activities. Five drivers will participate in this year’s competition, burning rubber in identical stock cars prepared by the Richard Petty Driving Experience and a chance to win a $10,000 donation to the their favorite charity. A panel of judges will score the drivers’ creativity during a 30-second freestyle burnout.

   A text-to-vote opportunity will begin after the conclusion of the first burnout. Fans in the stands at CMS can vote by texting specific codes that will be displayed on giant HDTV. The top-two drivers will advance to the final voting round and the winner will be determined by a celebrity judging panel.
   The Pennzoil Victory Burnout Challenge will be tape-delayed and can be heard on Sirius XM Satellite Radio (channel 90) on May 20 at 11 a.m. Eastern prior to the start of NASCAR Nationwide Series race coverage from Iowa Speedway.

Welcome the Chevy SS to NASCAR

   Three down, one to go.

   Chevrolet became the third manufacturer in NASCAR to unveil its 2013 car when it announced on Thursday the Chevrolet SS in the Sprint Cup Series next season. Ford and Dodge have already unveiled their 2013 cars, which look much more like their respective production models.

   The V-8 powered, rear-wheel-drive performance sedan will be a limited production model 2014 model car that will arrive in showrooms in late 2013. The race car will debut in the 2013 Daytona 500.

   Chevrolet has a long history of using the SS (Super Sport) designation on high-performance models of some of its most enduring nameplates. The SS designation first appeared in 1957 on a Corvette prototype race car built under the guidance of Zora Arkus-Duntov with the plan to enter it in the Le Mans 24-hour race.

   The Chevrolet SS will be a derivative of the award-winning global rear-wheel-drive architecture that spawns performance vehicles like Chevrolet Camaro and Holden’s upcoming VF Commodore. The Australian-built car will benefit from significant technology advances to enhance overall performance.

   “As a passionate race fan and performance enthusiast, I am thrilled that Chevrolet will deliver a true rear-wheel-drive NASCAR race car in the SS that is closely linked to the performance sedan that will be available for sale,” said Mark Reuss, president of GM North America. 

   “The Chevrolet SS is a great example of how GM is able to leverage its global product portfolio to deliver a unique performance experience that extends beyond the track. I am personally looking forward to driving it.”

   Toyota plans to unveil its 2013 model Camry next week.