First of Street Performance cars will be offered as prize in Pennzoil contest
Unless, say, you’re someone like Jack Roush or some other Metro Detroit automotive tuning specialist, the chances are your shop has neither the tools nor the skill set of Richard Childress Racing, which built the cars that carried Dale Earnhardt to six of his seven NASCAR championships and which continues to run at or near the front of the field.
But that doesn’t mean that you can’t learn from Childress’ example, especially now that he has launched the RCR Street Performance Group, which makes its debut by creating a special version of the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS.
The first of those RCR Street Performance Camaros will be offered as a prize in a Pennzoil “Get Your Key to Clean” promotion, which also will send the contest’s winner to the Bank of America 500 race at Charlotte, N.C., in October. Pennzoil sponsors the No. 29 Chevrolet prepared by RCR and driven by Kevin Harvick, who has led the Sprint Cup standings much of this season.
“The RCR Street Performance 2010 Camaro SS project is an opportunity that translates more than 40 years of RCR racing knowledge to the neighborhood garage,” Childress said in announcing that this shop will build only three such Camaros.
But even if you don’t win the car, you can learn about modifying your own Camaro (or other vehicle) by looking at what Childress and the experts in his shop have done.
Starting with a stock Camaro SS, Childress’ Street Performance Group fashioned and installed a NASCAR-style front splitter, rear diffuser, side skirts, rear spoiler and hood all made from lightweight but strong carbon fiber. They installed a coil-over suspension with revised bushings, six-caliper brakes from Wilwood, and bolted on 22-inch custom wheels with 295/30 front and 265/35 rear tires. They added what they call an “old-school” grille and darkened the tail lamps, and did a custom paint and graphics job.
Inside, they combined RCR and Pennzoil colors to create a yellow-and-black houndstooth with suede interior, with yellow trim on the doors and dash.
Under the hood, they installed a Magnusson supercharger, custom camshaft, performance valve springs, hardened push rods, an ARP LS cam retainer plate, Kevlar spark plug wire booties, custom headers, billet aluminum valve covers, Stage 4+ clutch with billet steel flywheel, cold-air intake and stainless steel exhaust.