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Alba Colon

By Alba Colon

GM Racing program manager for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series

Throughout the NASCAR Nextel Cup Chase for the Championship I will be writing a weekly blog post about the latest happenings in the NASCAR garage.

As some of you may know, GM Racing’s role is to provide our Chevrolet teams with the engine parts, engineering technology and the know how to ensure our drivers have the best possible performance in the Nextel Cup Series in their Chevy Monte Carlo SS race cars. During the Chase for the Championship, one of the responsibilities of GM Racing will be to make sure the parts we are supplying to the teams are in good supply and of the highest quality. It’s critical that we make sure our teams competing in the Chase do not experience any performance issues due to parts.

Even with the best plans and extensive preparation, issues can and will arise. Sometimes those issues require the need for testing. We currently have one official test session remaining in October at Homestead-Miami Speedway, a track included the Chase as the final race to determine the 2006 Nextel Cup champion. Some teams contending for the championship may decide that additional testing is necessary at tracks in Kentucky, Nashville and Milwaukee. Our GM Racing team will be proactive in attending those tests and working with teams to help solve any engineering issues they face.

We have seven out of 10 drivers in the Chase so the mathematical odds are in our favor to win the championship. But I always say it only takes one driver from the opposition to make our lives miserable. Last year, Chevy was the underdog when Tony Stewart took the title. Chevy had its only two drivers in the top two up until the last race, even when the odds were against us. Our strong performance this year and 15 wins this season clearly show the depth of our Chevy teams and we look forward to contending for more victories throughout the Chase.

As the championship battle gets underway we are still conducting our other usual business with the 2007 engine that we just submitted to NASCAR and our efforts to help develop and test the Car of Tomorrow. Additionally, we’ve been speaking with all of our teams about the upcoming race weekend. Our Chevy teams are prepared and ready for Loudon and will be bringing their best vehicles. We’ve been very good at New Hampshire with Kyle Busch winning there in July. We are prepared as we can be but we’ll also be relying on a little bit of luck to make sure our Chevy drivers are in the right place at the right time.

Stay tuned for further information on the happenings at New Hampshire and other GM Racing developments in my upcoming blog posts.

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