Claudio Burtin’s success extends far beyond the racetrack, but his passion for motorsports is obvious.
We’re barreling down a short backstretch lined with orange cones. A hopped-up LS is rip-snorting and carrying on under the hood. The driver bangs into second gear as I grip the seat with my hands even tighter. I peer out of the passenger window and what was once a crowd of onlookers is now a blur.
The biggest drag race in the world kicks off in less a month, and COPO Camaro teams are most definitely ready to hit the track at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals. Last year, COPO driver David Barton claimed the NHRA Factory Stock Showdown win in “The Big Go” at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. The prestigious victory propelled him to the category championship.
The 64th edition of the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals is underway, and as always, Sportsman racers have taken center stage during the first two days of the event. A variety of Camaros ranging from COPOs to classics, along with Corvettes, Novas, Chevelles and more have made qualifying passes and competed in class eliminations at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
Today serves as the kickoff to the 2018 Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals -- the most prestigious race on the NHRA calendar. COPO Camaros are an integral part of the event, with competitors piloting the high-powered factory machines in the Factory Stock Showdown, Stock Eliminator and Super Stock categories.
This weekend marks the 61st running of the Daytona 500, just miles from the sandy shores of Daytona Beach, Florida, regarded as “The Birthplace of Speed.” Yet while the Daytona 500 is the year’s most prestigious race, it also kicks off a grueling 36-race slate for NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series teams in pursuit of the season-long championship.
Thanksgiving is a time to appreciate all the good things in your life. Family, friends, health … and performance vehicles and engines. We’re ready to settle in for a feast, but before we do, below is a platter of all that we’re thankful for in the world of Chevrolet Performance.
It’s hard to determine what’s most impressive about Arthur Kohn. For one, the resident of Richmond, Texas, is an ever-present part of NHRA’s popular Factory Stock Showdown -- an eight-race series pitting American muscle from The Big Three head to head. Kohn won the Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway near Charlotte last year in a COPO Camaro. Then, later in the year, he became the first COPO driver in the seven-second range with a blistering 7.993-second pass during the Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park outside St. Louis.
Labor Day Weekend is a special time for drag racers. The end-of-summer holiday is when the sport turns its attention to Indianapolis and the most prestigious event of the season: the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals. Colloquially known as “The Big Go,” the race is celebrating its 64th edition in 2018. It has been held at the historic Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis since 1961.
This year has flown by, meaning it’s once again time for the PRI Trade Show in Indianapolis. It’s cold here in the Indiana capital, and we might see some snow, but none of that is going to stop us from taking in all the race cars we can handle at the Indiana Convention Center.