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The Chevrolet Division of General Motors Company, Ford Motor Company and Toyota Motor Corporation have received the 2013 NASCAR Buddy Shuman Award from Federal-Mogul's Champion Spark Plug brand. The three automakers received the award in recognition of their joint development of the Generation 6 car now used in Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series competition.
Presented annually by the iconic Champion brand, the Shuman award recognizes individuals and organizations that have played vital roles in the continued growth of professional stock car racing. It was created in 1957 in memory of early Grand National Series driver and technical inspector Louis Grier "Buddy" Shuman, who perished in a hotel fire in 1955.
Nearly two years in the making, the new platform re-established NASCAR's tradition of racing near-stock-appearing car bodies while incorporating a variety of safety and performance enhancements. With the exception of the carbon fiber hoods and rear deck lids, all Gen-6 body panels are now produced by the three vehicle manufacturers, further strengthening the sport's ties to the passenger car market.
"The Gen-6 car has been a resounding success on all levels - safety, raceability and consumer engagement," said Jay Burkhart, senior vice president, global marketing, Federal-Mogul Vehicle Components segment. "This is both a significant technical achievement and an inspiring example of cooperation for the greater good by three world-class organizations that are also fierce competitors. Their leadership reminds us that NASCAR is, above all, a community of competitors, enthusiasts and friends." [12/11/13]
The Manufacturers Series, which is comprised of the Super Chevy Show, Fun Ford Weekend and Mega Mopar Action events, has released their schedules for next season.
Dates and locations for the 2014 Super Chevy Show schedule are:
April 4-6: Palm Beach Int’l Raceway
April 11-13: Memphis Int’l Raceway
May 17-18: Texas Motorplex
May 17-18: Virginia Motorsports Park
May 30-June 1: U.S. 131 Motorsports Park
June 7-8: Auto Club Famoso Raceway
June 20-22: Gateway Motorsports Park
July 11-13: Maple Grove Raceway
Aug. 15-16: Bandimere Speedway
Sept. 26-28: Bristol Dragway
Oct. 3-4: Rockingham Dragway
Oct. 11-12: Royal Purple Raceway [12/11/13]
General Motors will drop its Chevrolet brand in Europe by the end of 2015, GM Vice Chairman Steve Girsky said on Dec. 5.
The move is the latest effort by GM to turn around its European operations and to focus its resources on reviving the Opel brand.
Chevrolet will no longer have a mainstream presence in western and eastern Europe due to a challenging business model and the difficult economic situation in Europe, GM said in a statement.
"We believe this is a win for all of our brands here in Europe and around the globe as GM will benefit from a stronger Opel/Vauxhall," Girsky said. To pull Chevrolet out of Europe "will help us to accelerate progress in the region," he said.
Some of the brand's iconic models, such as the Corvette, will remain on sale in Europe, and the upmarket Cadillac marque is working on an expansion in the region in the next three years, GM said. Chevrolet sales will continue in Russia, where the brand ranks No. 5 in sales behind Lada, Renault, Kia and Hyundai. [12/11/13]