The debut of the 2014 Chevrolet SS Sprint Cup race car made a big impression last weekend at the Series time trials in Daytona. After winning the first and second place poles, Danica Patrick of the No. 10 Go Daddy Chevrolet SS and Jeff Gordon of the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet SS will start side by side and will lead the pack of 43 cars to the start line for the Great American Race this Sunday, February 24th.
Not only is this Danica Patrick’s first NASCAR pole win, but it is the first time in 64-years that a woman will lead the field to the start of the Great American Race.
“We are so proud of Danica Patrick, Tony Gibson and the entire Stewart-Haas team on putting the No. 10 Chevrolet SS on the pole for the 2013 Daytona 500,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “Danica was focused and drove a great line to secure the pole. She gave tremendous credit to her entire #10 team for this accomplishment. She is a determined racer, a team player and we’re proud to have her on Team Chevy.”
“With the all-new Chevrolet SS race car, Danica and her team have put hours in testing, driving and living and breathing with this new car. Her determination both on and off the track put her in the leadership position for this weekend.”
The rear wheel drive Chevrolet SS has an Iron Block/Aluminum Head V8 engine, 850 horse power, and 550 pounds of torque. And with a curb weight of 3,400 pounds, it packs a punch on the racetrack.
After Patrick’s lap of 45.817 seconds – 196.434 – she earned the top qualifying spot.
“All I have to do is think about going out there, being smooth, not letting the car bind up, running on that yellow line,” said Danica Patrick about the Daytona 500 race this coming weekend. “Outside of that, I think it shows how well prepared Tony and everybody was, how strong the Hendrick engines are, how good the new Chevy SS is. We’ve been fast since practice in January.”
In addition to Patrick and Gordon, Ryan Newman, No. 39 Quicken Loans Chevrolet SS (fourth), Tony Stewart, No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS (fifth) and Kasey Kahne, No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet SS (sixth) will round out the additional 5 Chevrolet drivers in the top 6 spots. Not a bad debut for the new Chevrolet SS.
“I saw Jim Campbell sneak in over there,” said Tony Stewart. “He should be proud. Chevy has done an awesome job. It’s easy today to talk about the engine builder, talk about the chassis builders, the people at the shop. Today we actually get to thank our manufacturers for building us a car that is a fast race car; it’s not just a car with stickers on it. We actually have an SS, a production car, that’s fast. That was proven today.”
Tune in this Sunday at 1pm EST on your local Fox Sports station to cheer on Team Chevy at the 55th Daytona 500. To stay up-to-date on all things Team Chevy visit http://www.chevrolet.com/culture/category/chevy-racing.html