This is the last of a three-part series previewing the manufacturer-supported entries in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
There is just one word to summarize Chevrolet’s investment in NASCAR’s premier series over the past decade: dominance.
Chevy has won the series’ past 11 manufacturer’s championships and of the 10 Cup titles decided by the Chase format, Chevy drivers have won the championship eight times.
A large part of that success has been Hendrick Motorsports driver Jimmie Johnson, who has won six championships over the past eight seasons, including five in a row at one point.
Part of Chevrolet’s success also comes from having the largest collection of top-level organizations, providing factory support to four multi-car organizations.
Chevrolet began 2013 with a new entry into the Cup series, the Chevrolet SS.
All questions soon were answered by Johnson winning the season-opening Daytona 500.
“So much effort went into just getting the car ready to race in Daytona and beyond, it was hard to look this far forward to predict we would earn another manufacturer’s Cup title in 2013,” said Pat Suhy, Chevrolet Racing NASCAR group manager.
“Our teams’ collective success is driven by a fierce desire to win, coupled with a commitment to do what it takes to get to Victory Lane.”
There’s little reason to believe Hendrick Motorsports, Richard Childress Racing and Stewart-Haas Racing won’t continue their respective success, and many eyes will be on Chip Ganassi Racing and upstart Kyle Larson.
Larson and fellow Chevrolet driver Austin Dillon from RCR are among the favorites of a unusually large 2014 Cup rookie class.
Q&A with Jimmie Johnson
But it’s an amazing opportunity to have ahead of myself, to have six company championships is something I’m extremely proud of. If I was able to tie, I don’t know what it would mean or what that experience would feel like, but to be up there with those two legends (Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt) would be top of the list. Pretty cool.
But we’ll all look at our individual areas. This year, there is a lot of change, at least until the green flag drops come race time. That will keep us all really busy for at least until the halfway point of the season, trying to grasp what the car wants with the new rules package and the format for qualifying.