Chevrolet has accumulated motorsport victories for more than a century. And anyone who has ever driven a sporty Chevrolet such as a new Corvette knows that racing has heavily influenced the Chevrolet brand. Keep reading to take a closer look at some of the best moments in Chevy motorsport history.
Louis Chevrolet’s Race
Some refer to it as the race that started it all. In 1907, William “Billy” Durant, the founder of General Motors, proposed a race between Louis Chevrolet and his brother Arthur. The winner, according to Billy, would have the honor of serving as his personal chauffeur. Already an internationally known racer, Louis beat his brother. Even so, Billy gave the job to Arthur, because he thought Louis wouldn’t drive safely enough to be a chauffeur. But Louis won in the end: It was only a few years after this that the first Chevrolet was born.
The Corvette’s Trip to France
More than 50 years after Louis Chevrolet’s race, the Corvette was introduced to the international racing community. Sportsman Briggs Cunningham introduced it to the continent and it won the first-ever Chevrolet victory at Le Mans. Since then, the Corvette has continued to beat the competition, seizing its eighth consecutive victory at the Manufacturer’s Championship in 2008—a win that officially made the Corvette team the most successful in American Le Mans Series history.
Dale Earnhardt Sr. Takes the Daytona 500
In 1998 Dale Earnhardt Sr. made history by winning his first and only victory at the “Great American Race,” the Daytona 500. The moments that followed his victory are some of the most famous in all of sports history, with everyone lining up to shake his hand on his slow drive to Victory Lane.
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