For a driver who’d won five straight
NASCAR Sprint Cup championships
between 2006 and ’ 10, Jimmie
Johnson’s Daytona 500 record was
distinctly lagging – just one win in stock
car racing’s biggest race, back in 2006.
It wasn’t a blemish on his record – even
Dale Earnhardt only won the “500” once
– but it was off message for a driver who’s
closing in on the greats at record speed.
“Daytona’s like playing the lottery,”
says Johnson. “Everybody’s got a ticket.”
But Feb. 24, 2013, Jimmie’s number
finally came up again (ABOVE). And just
to prove he was in the Daytona groove,
he followed it up with a win in July’s
400-miler – the first driver to sweep at
the Beach since Bobby Allison in 1982.
Pretty much every year, Tony Kanaan
was a factor in the Indy 500. And pretty
much every year the fates conspired to
send him home empty-handed.
His graciousness when faced with each
new disappointment and his never-give-up attitude made him a fan favorite, but
come on, wasn’t the guy due a break?
May 26, 2013, in his 12th “500”
start, TK raced hard (as usual), stayed up
front (as usual) and guessed it absolutely
right that a late caution would determine
the outcome. And when the yellows flew
with three laps to go, his KV Racing
Dallara-Chevrolet was in the lead.
As he cruised to the checkers,
savoring the moment at last, the
ringing cheers of the crowd said it all.
Championships are won – or lost – over a whole season.
But often it’s a single race that stays in the memory longest.
GM’s North American marques weren’t the
only ones doing the winning. In Australia’s
hugely-popular V8 Supercars series,
all-new car rules couldn’t stop Holden’s
Commodore VF dominating in 2013.
WHY CHEVROLET RACES – PAGE 12
Motorsports. “Our success was the result
of considerable preparation, strategy,
teamwork and great drive from our teams,
drivers and partners. We’re looking forward
to continuing that momentum for 2014.”
• Daytona Prototype Manufacturers’
• Daytona Prototype Drivers’ Championship –
Max Angelelli & Jordan Taylor
Second season for the prototype Corvette
puts Wayne Taylor Racing on top. > PAGE 48
JOHNSON’S WINNING START
IT’S KANAAN AT LAST!
Knowing that it takes an
across-the-board effort to put
trophies on the shelf, the 2013
champions visited Detroit last
December to say thanks to
some of the GM people making
it happen. Hitting Motown are
(LEFT TO RIGHT) Johnny
Aschenbach, Tony Kanaan,
Jimmie Johnson, Antonio
Garcia, Jan Magnussen, Max
Angelelli and Jordan Taylor.