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.
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.