Stevenson Motorsports Takes Repeat Sebring Win

stevenson_logo_transparent.1.1.1 3dd4c180-4041-49f5-a660-cba851343137 Sebring, Fla. (20 March 2015) – Stevenson Motorsports made history on Friday when the team returned to victory lane at Sebring International Raceway after Robin Liddell and Andrew Davis combined in the No. 6 Stevenson Camaro Z/28.R to score their second consecutive victory in the Visual Studio 150 at Sebring. The duo took a breakthrough win with the Z/28.R at the South Florida track last year. The pole-winning entry of the No. 9 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro Z/28.R driven by Matt Bell and Lawson Aschenbach finished a close second for team owner Johnny Stevenson after two hours and thirty minutes of racing to score their second consecutive podium finish to open the 2015 IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge season. 8e4ed950-0e1f-47a8-a8d7-9576460c85f0“We couldn’t have planned a better weekend,” said Stevenson, of his team that led every on-track session of the Sebring event. “They ran a flawless race. Great crew and drivers as usual. They did a fantastic job. I couldn’t ask for a better result. Thank you to Team Chevrolet, Lisa (Talarico, Chevrolet Program Manager for Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge) and Jim Campbell for all their support to help us get where we are. I’m very proud of my organization. They did an awesome job and this is the kind of result you get when you have a first class, quality team.” Bell opened the race from the pole, and eased out an advantage over the field from the drop of the green flag. Starting alongside, Davis had to contend with not only a combative Mustang, but also an issue that saw all of his driver cooling devices fail to work. But the fit Georgian racer kept his cool and was soon clear to keep pace with the leading Bell. A yellow flag on Lap 15 saw both machines take to the pits for four new Continental Tires and return to race action with both Bell and Davis staying behind the wheel.  A second round of pit stops for the two team cars followed on Laps 36 (No. 6 Camaro Z/28.R of Davis handing off to Liddell) and 37 (No. 9 of Bell turning over to Aschenbach) as the die was cast for the finish of the race. Liddell made the most of the pit stop exchange to emerge with the lead and charge to the win, with the Chevy racer crossing the line just ahead of Aschenbach. 8a0e4c10-8250-41a3-9ac2-769e849e9709“It’s our first 1-2 finish in the GS category,” said team manager Mike Johnson (team scored a 1-2 in Rolex GT Class competition in 2010). “I feel bad for the No. 9 car guys because they had the faster car all weekend. Matt (Bell) did a great job; Lawson (Aschenbach) was awesome. The whole team was great. We were 1-2 every session. During the pit stop with about 55 minutes to go, Andrew (Davis) was really hot and we wanted to pit the cars off sequence so they didn’t hit each other coming down pit lane. We brought Andrew in first because he was so hot in the car. When Robin (Liddell) got in the car, he was out on sticker tires while Matt (Bell) was on old rubber. So that was a three-second delta that Robin was able to gain. When Matt came in, there was about a two-second problem with the pit stop. We agreed once we got where we were after the stops was where we were going to go. I feel bad for the No. 9 car guys but more importantly I feel great for the whole team and for John and Susan Stevenson for a great 1-2 finish.” Stevenson Motorsports has a six-week break in race action before heading to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for Round 3 of the IMSA Championship on May 2. Having scored several positive results at the California road course which also serves as Bell’s home track, the team will target another strong race outing. The Visual Studio 150 will be televised on FOX Sports 1 on Sunday, April 5 at 9:00 AM ET. DRIVER QUOTEBOARD: Andrew Davis – No. 6 Camaro Z/28.R: “We worked really hard on this car, and developed it all through last year. This track lends itself to some of the things the Camaro does well. Which is nice and what is great, we capitalized on having a great car. It is a shame if you have a good car and aren’t able to capitalize on it.  We had our maiden win here last year. It was a bit of a surprise but it gave us the confidence moving forward and we catapulted it from there to some more victories and fighting for the championship. Stevenson Motorsports knows how to get it done. They have for years and years.  As a team, we work really well all across the board. Now, we have our first win of the season and I’m just really proud of the guys.  Robin (Liddell) drove well as always, and our Chevy Camaro Z/28.R was flawless the whole race.” Robin Liddell – No. 6 Camaro Z/28.R: “Andrew did a super job because he had no cool suit. The helmet blower was failing and blowing hot air, so he was super hot in the car and he was really struggling with that, but he did a super job having to fight with the Mustang getting around him. We lost some time on the first stop because we were trying to fix the cool suit.  I got lucky in that respect because I only had to do the last 50 minutes. I did the easy share today. I pushed like crazy on the out lap and fortunately I came around to turn one and I saw the No. 9 leaving the pits and I had a run into Turn 1 and got ahead. So that is essentially what won us the race. The combination of the pit stop by the guys and my out lap that got us around. Super job by Andrew (Davis). It is a fantastic result for the Stevensons and for Team Chevy and the Z/28.R.” Lawson Aschenbach – No. 9 Camaro Z/28.R: “I think Matt (Bell) proved at the beginning of the race that we had the car to beat. He drove a great two stints. Unfortunately the strategy didn’t work out for us. The No. 6 car came in a lap earlier and got that new tire run. It’s a bit frustrating but I have to be happy for everyone at Stevenson Motorsports on a 1-2 finish. I want to thank everyone at the team and Team Chevy. We had great Camaros. The Camaro Z/28.R was fast all week.” Matt Bell – No. 9 Camaro Z/28.R: “What a great race for the Stevenson team. That’s two races in a row that we are just running nose to tail as a team. Both cars being on the podium is even better especially since one of us got a win today. That is a lot of good valuable points going into the season. We did our homework and got this Camaro Z/28.R dialed in the way we needed to. Andrew (Davis) was playing defense with the other cars and I just ran away with it and that gave me the chance to back off a bit and save the tires a bit. Lawson (Aschenbach) did an awesome job, and the best thing for us as a team is to get these podium finishes and just see how the championship plays out through the season.”