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“We join the dots on
a superlative year and
get the inside story”
t started as a casual office conversation,
but quickly took on a life of its own.
The subject was Chevrolet’s impressive
return to the IndyCar Series, earning a
drivers’ and manufacturers’ championship
first time out. That got us thinking about its
other 2012 achievements – Corvette
Racing’s ALMS GT class title sweep, a grand-slam of NASCAR manufacturers’
championships and WTCC domination, for
starters. Add in Cadillac’s Pirelli World
Challenge successes, a stellar first season
for the Grand-Am Corvette Daytona
Prototype, and you start to realize it was a
season that doesn’t come along too often.
The longer the list became, the more
we felt these were achievements worth
celebrating. The folks at Chevrolet and
Cadillac Racing agreed, and the result is this
special bonus issue of RACER, where we
join the dots on a superlative year and get
the inside story from the people involved.
Of course, it wasn’t a perfect season,
and telling the whole story means talking
about the knocks as well as the triumphs.
Chevy didn’t get its fairy-tale Rolex 24 win,
was made to look second best in the
Indianapolis 500, and self-destructed at
the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Respect, too, to
Brad Keselowski, Penske and Dodge for
putting one over on Jimmie Johnson
Rick Dole/Getty Images
and Co. in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
It’s what you do after you’ve lost that
counts, and one of the impressive things
putting this issue together was the forward
focus of Chevy’s racing people. “What can
we learn from this? How do we get better?”
And learning is key to pretty much
everything Chevy and Cadillac do in racing.
It’s more than just a branding exercise; it’s a
fast track for developing technologies – and
people – with real-world relevance. But it’s
not a one-way street: GM’s expertise in direct
injection, turbocharged, small-capacity
engines was key in making Chevy’s IndyCar
V6 a winner first time out, for example.
That’s just one compelling storyline
from a season packed full of them. But it’s
the next storyline that intrigues us the
most: How do they top 2012?
Contact Nick Iademarco at
Wrights Media. Tel: (281) 419-5725
Lesley Ann Miller/LAT
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Marshall Pruett is one
of those rare writers
who can take a
complex technical story
and make a bunch of
RACER editors think
they understand it.
No mean feat...
The thing about talking to us about 2012 is that it
gets in the way of preparing for 2013. So, a big
thanks to the many people from Chevy, Caddy and
their partners who took the time. It’s appreciated.