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Press Release: 1999 Chevrolet Corvette Debuts Road Racing Package

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General Motors Media Press Release
FOR RELEASE:  May 12, 1999
CONTACT:  Chevrolet Communications
Phone:  (313) 667-9185

DETROIT, MI Chevrolet's commitment to amateur road racing is evident with just a glance under the hood of the 1999 T1 Corvette that will visit nine American cities as part of the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour May 13-23.

"The Corvette has been a mainstay of road racing since its introduction in 1953," said Ken Brown, a GM Motorsports engineer, who oversaw development of the T1 package. "The '99 Corvette hardtop presents a perfect opportunity to reassert that dominance."

Brown explained that the 5.7 liter V-8 fixed-roof development car showcases a new GM Performance Parts T1 suspension package that builds upon the foundation of the standard Z51 sports suspension on all hardtop Corvettes. It includes larger anti-roll bars, stiffer springs and a manual transmission oil cooler kit for endurance road racing venues. Front control arms with heavy duty bushings were also added to this particular vehicle.

"The Accu-sump will be tested on the Power Tour as a possible future addition to the kit," Brown added. "Other future GM Performance Parts enhancements for the T1 include high performance camshafts and valve springs."

Chevrolet is the title sponsor of the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour, a cross country trek of as many as 2,000 high performance vehicles. After a kickoff in San Bernadino, CA the tour will hit the road, making evening stops in the following communities: Flagstaff, AZ; Albuquerque, NM; Amarillo, TX; Tulsa, OK; Kansas City, MO; Madison, IL; and, Louisville, KY. This year's tour concludes in Nashville, TN, May 22-23.

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