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The Chad Hall Racing Colorado ZR2 Sustained Frame Damage On Its Way To A Class Victory

2023 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Chad Hall Racing Truck Mint 400 Finish bent Frame

The mighty Mint 400 has come and gone. And while there were several highlights (former UFC champions Chuck Liddell and Cain Velasquez teaming up in a Zero 1 prepped Oak Grove Technologies Polaris RZ is my personal favorite), the Chevrolet faithful have something to brag about. Despite suffering bent frame, the Chad Hall Racing 2023 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 managed to secure another W for the Bowtie Brand, further validating the brand’s off-road prowess in the faces of Jeep, Ford, and Toyota. The image, posted by the_xcalibur, below shows the truck post-race:

Here’s the official statement from Chevrolet:

“The Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 ran a flawless race and took first place at The Mint 400 for 2023. Despite having some rear-end damage on the pre-production frame, the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 also finished and took first place in its class. The Mint 400 is notoriously one of the most grueling off-road races in the world. Chevy competes in racing to help develop, test, and prove the durability of its products in conditions far beyond what most customers would experience.

7330 – Chad Hall (driver) Waqas Shafi (Co-driver) – Stock Production Truck Mini/Mid

Finished 1st in class – 6:39 min elapsed time. Colorado ran 2.6 mph faster for the 1st lap compared to 2022 (32.1 mph vs 29.5 mph last year). 7309 (Jeep) Finished 2nd, and 7319 (Toyota Tacoma) DNF. The team continues its streak of completing every mile of 38 consecutive off-road races.“

In other words: not a good look if you’re a Toyota Tacoma fan.

The 2023 Chevrolet Colorado is reaching dealers now, with the Colorado WT, LT, Trail Boss and Z71 all in production. You can read our impressions of the new Chevrolet Colorado family here. The Colorado ZR2 is following up shortly, and serves as the range-topper of the lineup. That is, until the new Colorado ZR2 Bison shows up. Pricing for the new Colorado starts at just over $30,000 for a WT trim with 2WD. The 2023 Colorado ZR2 starts at over $48,000, which is more than a Camaro SS. And if you want the limited-edition Colorado ZR2 Desert Boss, that’ll set you back another $10-grand more, if you can even order one.

Each and every 2023 Chevrolet Colorado is powered by some version of a 2.7L turbocharged engine, which in the case of the ZR2, features 310 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque – a significant power boost from the last-gen Colorado ZR2 that Chad Hall Racing won a championship with. And if we ask enough times, Chevrolet may soon offer that same championship-winning product to anybody who wants to go off-road racing.

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 ZRX
The Hall Racing Colorado ZR2. Image via Chevrolet.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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