In 1969, General Motors forever changed the muscle car and drag racing landscape when dealers were able to create Central Office Production Order (COPO) Camaros for the first time. They did so by using GM’s special ordering system to drop all-aluminum ZL1 engines into the car. These versions competed in the NHRA Stock Eliminator category, winning many races and championships along the way.
When Chevrolet Performance introduced the LT5 crate engine at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas last fall, it was clear the 755-horsepower monster would be a game-changing addition to the enthusiast world. One of the first enthusiasts to adopt the powerful engine is Ed Valenciano, who has chosen the LT5 to power his ’69 Camaro ZR1 build. He’s doing it the old-fashioned way, in a single bay of his garage with the car on jack stands.
Tanner Gray re-wrote the record book at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona this weekend, becoming the youngest champion in NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series history with his title in Pro Stock. Then, to cap off his dream season, the 19-year-old Gray collected his eighth Wally of the year by also taking the event win with his family-owned Gray Motorsports operation.
White tire smoke lingers in the air and the scent of burnt rubber wafts skyward from two lanes of paved asphalt. It finds its way into the nostrils of those standing near the drag strip’s starting line and watching from the stands. Meanwhile, two cars roughly resembling their street counterparts with huge rear slicks sit a short distance behind the line, getting ready to stage. Crewmembers are feverishly opening and closing doors to rid smoke from the cockpit, the result of dual burnouts to create traction just seconds before.
As a teenager in Los Angeles, places like the Hollywood Hills, Laurel Canyon and Mulholland Drive were Tomy Drissi’s playgrounds.
Each year, Valentine’s Day means the calendar is just that much closer to the Daytona 500 and the kickoff of the NASCAR season. That’s not to say we’re not romantic today though. Far from it. We’re very much in love with the LT4 -- the engine that comes under the hood of the road-going Camaro ZL1. Not coincidentally, that particular Camaro model is currently competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
The Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals is one of the biggest drag races in the world not only for its prestige, but for the sheer scale. This year more than 850 cars and drivers made the trip to Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis for the 64th annual edition of the event.
Chase Elliott is finally a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winner. In his 99th start, the 22-year-old Team Chevy driver from Dawsonville, Georgia, reached Victory Lane for the first time at Watkins Glen International. He had finished second on eight previous occasions in his young career.
The 2019 COPO Camaro was introduced with a splash during this year’s SEMA Show, as the latest edition of the purpose-built drag car celebrates 50 years of legendary COPO style and performance.
The wins just keep coming for Chase Elliott. The young Team Chevy driver from Dawsonville, Georgia, scored the Monster Energy Cup Series win at Kansas Speedway this weekend to take his second checkered flag in the past three races.