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1st and 2nd generation racing Chevrolet Camaros

NASCAR Grand American class, and Sports Car Club of America cars

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Follow the above link to see more images of the legendary # 13 Smokey Yunick racing Camaro.



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Amazingly enough, this legendary Camaro made Funkmaster Flex's list of favorite cars.  He rated it # 10 !

Yunick also built a 1968 Camaro for Trans-Am racing. Although Yunick set several speed and endurance records with the car at Bonneville Speedway, with both a 302 cubic inch (~4942 cubic centimeter) and a 396 cubic inch (~6489 cubic centimeter) engine, it never won a race while Yunick owned it. It was later sold to Don Yenko, who did win several races. In typical Yunick fashion, the car, although superficially a stock Camaro, had acid-dipped body panels and thinner window glass to reduce weight, the front end of the body tilted downwards and the windshield laid back for aerodynamics, all four fenders widened, the front subframe Z'ed (to physically move the front suspension higher and lower the front of the car) and the floorpan moved up to lower the car, and many other detailed modifications. The drip rails were even brought closer to the body for a tiny aerodynamic improvement. A connector to the engine oil system was extended into the car's interior, to allow the driver to add oil from a pressurized hose during pit stops. In order to allow the driver enough freedom of movement, the shoulder harness was modified to include a cable-ratchet mechanism from a military helicopter. In 1993, Vic Edelbrock, Jr. purchased and restored the car. Contrary to popular opinion, Yunick designed the first "safe wall" in the early 1960s using old tires between sheets of plywood but NASCAR did not adopt his idea. Also Yunick developed air jacks for stock cars in 1961 but NASCAR did not deem them appropriate.



The Roger Penske Chevrolet Camaros

However, this of course did not mark the end of his racing involvement, and it didn't take him long to start the next chapter in his career, as he started working with engineer and driver Mark Donohue, and in 1966, Penske Racing and Team Penske was born. In just its second year of competition, Penske Racing won the United States Road Racing Championship (USRRC) with driver Mark Donohue in a Lola T70 MKIII with Chevrolet power. This brings us to 1968, and the true subject of our story, the 1968 Penske Camaro.


The 2012 Sunoco Racing Camaro... the above and below pictures are the original first gens.

SCCA TRANS-AM 2

The Trans-Am series was formed at the dawn of the pony car era, it dates back to 1966 when its’ goal was to crown a manufacturer as a champion.  Later a driver’s championship was added to show further success.  The series then split in to two classes in 1976-1979 seasons, crowning champions in both classes.  This is truly an American sports car series, featuring high horse power V8s and exceptional driving skills. Today Katech is working with Miller Racng and preparing to launch into the series. Katech Motorsports prepared the LS3 V8s that will be powering the two Miller Racing TA2 Camaros. The engines feature a robust valvetrain, free-flowing heads and a truck specific intake manifold which produces more torque than a stock LS3 intake manifold. In order to protect the engine from oil starvation experienced in high lateral g-force turns, an ARE dry-sump system is used. More information on the Trans-Am series can be found here, while Katech’s involvement will soon and frequently be updated on this page.




Driven by Mark Donohue, the Team Penske Camaro won 10 of 13 Trans-Am races to dominate the series, winning the 1968 SCCA Trans-Am Series Championship with 222 points. His closest competitor, George Folmer in a Javelin finished second, over 100 points behind. In 1969 their success continued, as Donohue won 6 of 12 races to earn its second SCCA Trans-Am Championship in as many years in the Team Penske Camaro.

The Stevenson Camaro in The Rolex and Continental Tire Series

5th generation Camaros are picking up where the Cadillac CTS-V left off in competition course and road racing for General Motors. Now the C.O.P.O.s have hit the track, the 1LE has hit the streets, and the new bodies are out for N.H.R.A. Pro Stock.



1968

A full 36 years later, the Penske team's '68 Trans Am season is still one of the greatest feats in motorsports history. Donohue's brilliant driving and the near-perfect Penske Camaros won 10 of the 13 races--including eight in a row. Neither Bud Moore's nor Shelby's Mustangs (Mercury had dropped out) stood a chance against the Penske onslaught. In fact, the racing wasn't all that fascinating to watch, as Donohue would rip to the front and remain unchallenged.

But this sort of overwhelming performance led to other manufacturers' determination that Chevrolet should not be allowed to dominate the series.



Read more: http://www.carcraft.com/thehistoryof/trans_am_racing_early_years/viewall.html#ixzz2BObQa75N