Despite the positive buzz associated with the new Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger NASCAR Nationwide Series cars, Chevrolet officials said yesterday they remain firm in their decision to keep the new Camaro out of NASCAR, at least for now.
NASCAR encouraged Chevrolet to utilize the Camaro in the Nationwide ranks, but the automaker declined, feeling the race version of the car would not look enough like the stock, street edition.
General Motors Racing Director Mark Kent reaffirmed that view yesterday, saying, “NASCAR expressed an interest in having the Camaro, and we looked very hard at running the Camaro in Nationwide. But we have two cars within the Chevy lineup that have iconic lines: the Camaro and Corvette. We didn't want to take away from that by forcing (the Camaro) into a car that didn't meet our requirements."
He said GM will continue to work with NASCAR on future models, and would like to see more brand identity, particularly when viewed from the side.