The Chevy SS made its debut Sunday at the Daytona 500. And, what a debut it was. Jimmy Johnson drove the #48 car to victory and said he loved the car. “Congratulations to Jimmie Johnson, (crew chief) Chad Knaus and (team owner) Rick Hendrick on their victory in The Great American Race,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “And for the Chevrolet SS to win its first points race is incredible. This is a culmination of a tremendous effort by our engineers, owners, drivers, crew chiefs and teams who worked together to develop the Chevrolet SS race car. So much hard work went into preparing the Chevrolet SS for competition in the Sprint Cup series. We waited a long time for this race, and the performance of the No. 48 team made that wait worthwhile.”
Johnson wasn’t the only driver on Team Chevy to place. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. came in 2nd, Ryan Newman came in 5th, Regan Smith was 7th and Danica Patrick who had pole position came in a respectable 8th. Team Chevy racked up their 22nd Daytona 500 win – more than any other manufacturer showing that Chevy has earned all the accolades.
Adding this Chevy SS to the Chevrolet stable is going to get everyone’s juices going. 0-60 in 5 seconds for an upscale luxury sedan is amazing and the 6.2L V8 is what gets it there. Of course the racing SS has some modifications that you probably won’t find in your garage, but it will have the same rear wheel drive small block V8 configuration. This car is a beauty and has so much innovative technology that it’s going to blow you away…Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Vision Camera with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert (an incredibly safe car to drive) and my favorite – color Heads Up Display. This summer is going to be hot in more ways than one – the SS, the Corvette and the Impala. I can’t hardly wait!