Chevrolet Performance pioneered the high-performance crate engine half a century ago, and since then, drivers of everything from classic Camaros to Jeep Wranglers have turned to these factory-built, fully assembled LS and LT V-8 engines for speed, ease of installation and durability. For the seventh year in a row, Chevrolet will sponsor the Performance Challenge Series so owners of hot rods can race for bragging rights and prize money.
The annual event kicks off April 5 at the 10th Annual NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, GA. It is followed by races in Joliet, Ill., Norwalk, Ohio and two events in Bowling Green, Ky. The series ends Sept. 9 in Bowling Green.
“The racing community has made Chevrolet’s crate engine program a very successful one in the industry, and supporting the Challenge Series keeps us close to our customers and fans,” said Steve Walczak, marketing manager, Chevrolet Performance. “The series is a great way for highly-qualified racers to showcase the power of our parts on the track.”
Chevrolet Performance, the series sponsor since 2011, manufactures LT and LS engines and performance parts that racers use. Requirements for race car modifications vary throughout five different race categories and range from mildly modified to completely rebuilt cars. Cars can race with crate or modified production LS or LT engines. The modified vehicles range from Chevrolet Camaros and Corvettes and other popular makes and models.
Chevrolet Performance manufactures a wide range of LS and LT high performance crate engines such as the LS3, which delivers 430 horsepower and 425 lb-ft of torque up to the LT4, featuring a 1.7L Eaton R1740 TVS supercharger, which spins at up to 20,000 rpm. That’s enough to generate more than nine pounds of boost and 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque.
“The series attracts young fans and enthusiasts who connect with turbocharged, supercharged street cars,” Walczak added. “Racers use an extensive portfolio of Chevrolet Performance engines, parts and accessories that help them win at the track.”
Racers prepare their muscle cars during the off-season with work ranging from minor tuning to complete overhauls. Chevrolet Performance pays contingencies – award money for specific parts and engine postings – to winning racers. Contingencies vary year to year depending on the number of parts and engines in winning cars and whether winning cars promote Chevrolet Performance with signage on their race cars.
Representatives from Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center, which carries Chevrolet Performance engines, parts and accessories, will be at the series events, answering questions about technology, engines, accessories and components.
In addition to mild and heavily modified engines, the series also showcases the Chevrolet Performance DR 525 drag racing sealed crate engine in the Chevrolet Performance Stock class, said Steve Wolcott, President & CEO of ProMedia LLC, which runs the series. The DR 525 is the only crate engine allowed in the Chevrolet Performance stock class.
The Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series takes place alongside the NMCA Muscle Car Nationals. The race series features many attractions, including drag races, car shows, swap meets and and manufacturer midways that Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series racers and fans can also enjoy.
Racers competing for Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series championships must participate in four of five races. Results of each race are tracked throughout the season in NMCA’s Fastest Street Car magazine. Here are last year’s results.
The Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series features four racing categories and one shootout, running at each Challenge Series event. Categories are Chevrolet Performance Stock, Street King, Rumble, Street Car Challenge, and the Real Street Shootout.
- April 5-8: All-Star Nationals, Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia
- May 17-20: Bluegrass Nationals, Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky
- July 26-29: NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing, Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois.
- 23-26: All-American Nationals, Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, OH.
- 7-9: Holley LS-Fest, Beech Bend Raceway, Bowling Green, Kentucky.
The top three competitors from Chevrolet Performance Stock, Street King, Rumble and the Real Street Shootout winner and runner-up will be invited to a special Chevrolet Performance Champions Dinner on Dec. 8 at the PRI Show in Indianapolis. It celebrates the best of LS and modern-LT drag racing. Each class champion, and the Shootout winner, will receive an LSX Victor award, a championship ring, and a custom jacket.
For more information on the Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series, including class rules, log on to www.nmcadigital.com/lsx or call 714-444-2426.
ABOUT CHEVROLET PERFORMANCE
Driven by more than 100 years of motorsports heritage, Chevrolet Performance fuels the passions of automotive enthusiasts through high-performance vehicles, parts and racing. Performance cars include Camaro SS, SS 1LE, ZL1, Z/28 and the COPO Camaro. Chevrolet Performance parts include crate engines, transmissions, controllers and street-level components. Chevrolet competes in NASCAR, NHRA, TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, IndyCar and a variety of circle track racing series.
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 100 countries and selling more than 4.0 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.