Patrick Pilots 2014 Chevy SS to Daytona Pole
Chevrolet’s New RWD Performance Sedan Set for Q3 Retail Launch
The all-new 2014 Chevrolet SS won’t actually go on sale until the third quarter of 2013, but the brand’s V8-powered performance sedan already has begun re-writing the rulebook. For example, instead of taking the ol’ “race on Sunday, sell on Monday” approach to NASCAR, the SS has gone the route of “debut on Saturday, win the pole on Sunday”: The brand showed off the retail version of the 2014 Chevy SS before the first round of qualifying for this year’s Daytona 500, and then, the next day, Danica Patrick drove her SS racecar to the event’s fastest pole-position time in nearly 25 years. The bottom line: A top speed of 196.434 mph and a lap time of 45.817 seconds for the first female driver to claim the No. 1 starting position in the Great American Race.
It was a close call, however, as Jeff Gordon—behind the wheel of his own Chevy SS—qualified just a few hundredths of a second behind Patrick to ensure an all-Chevrolet front row for the this year’s Daytona 500. Bowtie fans also will be pleased to know that the fourth- and fifth-fastest times were set by Chevy SS drivers Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart, who also happen to be Patrick’s teammates.
Of course, fans will be even happier yet when they start seeing some of the specs for the 2014 Chevy SS…