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Camaros Koni GS Debut Less Than Stellar

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On: Tue, Oct 6, 2009 at 1:50PM | By: John Welch

Camaros Koni GS Debut Less Than Stellar

The Chevrolet Camaro has been a hit, as much as any new car from an American manufacturer could hope for. The Camaro enjoys a long waiting list, has out sold the Mustang for four months running, and is generally regarded as the best use of GM's Zeta platform to date. Naturally, it's time to take the Camaro racing . . .


Steveson Motorsports, a long time competitor in the Koni Challenge GS class, debuted their new Riley-built Camaro GS last weekend at Virginia International Raceway. Steveson has campaigned a G6.R in the Rolex series for several years, and is poised to dominate the Koni GS class with a classic livery and a classic driver line-up.

Roger Penske made the blue and yellow Sunoco Camaros famous in the late sixties, winning the Trans-Am championship with drivers Mark Donohue and Ronnie Bucknum. Stevenson hopes to channel some of that legendary success with their own Sunoco-branded No. 6 Camaro.

Piloting the Camaro are some familiar names — David Donohue and Jeff Bucknum, sons of the driver pairing that raced the Penske Camaros in 1969. Both well established drivers in their own rights, Donohue and Bucknum were eager to get racing on Sunday, as this video taken during the last practice session clearly illustrates . . .

Unfortunately the race did not go so well. Considering this is the first race for a new chassis, that is to be expected. David Donohue qualified 13th and had the car up to third before turning the car over to Bucknum, who retired with clutch problems with 80 minutes remaining. They finished 23rd in class. The drivers avoided trouble and didn't race anyone all that hard, trying to avoid disturbing the championship fight.

As Bucknum mentioned, Stevenson Motorsports has plans to rebody their lame-duck G6 as a Camaro for next season. That will be very interesting . . .

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