GM Captures 16 Racing Championships in 2005
- Nov 30, 2005
- Team Hendrick
DETROIT (Nov. 30, 2005) – Chevrolet’s unprecedented third sweep of NASCAR’s three premier manufacturers championships highlighted a 2005 season in which GM’s Cadillac, Pontiac and Chevrolet brands combined to win 16 manufacturers and drivers titles in major professional stock car, sports car, drag and drifting competition.
In addition to seven championships for manufacturers and nine for drivers, GM-powered vehicles broke records and collected victories at such prestigious events as the Daytona 500, the Brickyard 400, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
“Given the added demands of launching several new race vehicles such as the Corvette C6.R and Pontiac GTO.R, it is truly amazing what GM has accomplished in 2005,” said Mark Kent, director of GM Racing. “I cannot thank all of our engineers, drivers and teams enough for the long hours and dedication that went into this successful year of racing.
“The current racing environment is as competitive as the automotive market, and our success on the race track is a direct reflection of the great performance of GM production vehicles.”
With 573 wins to date and 449 in the modern era of the NASCAR Cup Series alone, Chevrolet continues to be the “Winningest Name In Racing.”
General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world’s largest automaker, has been the global industry sales leader since 1931. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 325,000 people around the world. It has manufacturing operations in 32 countries and its vehicles are sold in 200 countries. In 2004, GM sold nearly 9 million cars and trucks globally, up 4 percent and the second-highest total in the company’s history. GM’s global headquarters are at the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit. More information on GM can be found at www.gm.com.