This past weekend, the 3rd Annual Camaro Corral at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was held during Super Weekend. It’s so named because there are 4 races in 3 days and it lived up to its name for sure. For those of you not aware of it, this is a combination of the IMSA TUDOR/Continental Tire Racing Series, NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
The Camaro Corral was a great success!! In the absence of Mid-Ohio this year, Chris and I had the pleasure of co-hosting this year’s Corral with Jason Camps of the Central Indiana Camaro Club. By the time all was said and done, there were about 20 Camaros – the biggest Indy Corral to date! Folks gathered from Indiana, Illinois, New York and Ohio (unfortunately, we were the only NEOCC attendees). We had a wonderful time visiting with old friends and getting to know our new friends and admiring their AWESOME rides.
On Thursday, Chris and I were lucky enough to be on Pit Lane with the Stevenson Motorsports Camaro Teams during qualifying – and celebrated with them when their #9 took the Pole!! On Friday, we had Meet & Greets with the Stevenson Motorsports team – #6 and #9 Z/28.R Camaros; Lawson Aschenbach – Driver of the #01 CKS Autosports Z/28.R Camaro; and the crew of the Action Express Racing #5 DP Corvette – defending 24-Hours of Daytona Champions. Lawson even joined us IN the Corral area for the Meet & Greet and helped pass out the door prizes and his Racer’s Choice Awards to his (3) favorite Camaros. We also got to celebrate with the Stevenson Motorsports team after their #6 won the race; met Reba McEntire as she was celebrating with her son whose team finished P3, and even commiserated with Lawson after his day ended early (due to an incident with, ironically, the #9 Camaro).
So, of the 4 races, 4 Chevys won: the #6 Z/28.R, the #5 DP Corvette, the #3 Camaro driven by Ty Dillon in the NASCAR Nationwide and the #24 Chevy SS piloted by Jeff Gordon in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Race. What a weekend!!!
Our new buddy, Hank, summed it up best: “Great crowd, great racing, and great teams that took the time to show us a little behind the scenes to show what makes them winners. Had a BLAST!! Meeting new owners, the cool prizes, and just hanging out. Made for a great day at the track.”
Hopefully Mid-Ohio will be back on the schedule for 2015 and we’ll be able to hold another Corral in our backyard with our Camaro family. Stay tuned for details!