Thursday, July 26, 2012

Nationwide Chevy Shocker: Camaro Coming In 2013!

Chevrolet will have a new entry in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2013. The Chevy Camaro will make its series debut next February at Daytona International Speedway. 

“Chevrolet is proud to bring the Camaro to the NASCAR Nationwide Serie sin 2013,” said Jim Campbell, vice president, Chevrolet Performance Vehicles and Motorsports in a surprise announcement today.“ The Camaro Nationwide race car incorporates many of the distinctive styling elements of the production Camaro, including the unique power-bulge hood and deep recessed grille. In addition, the design incorporates the distinctive halo light rings, dual-port grille appearance and the gold bowtie.” 

“Our team of Chevrolet designers and aerodynamic engineers did a fantastic job capturing the great looks and styling cues of the production Camaro, while providing our NASCAR Nationwide teams with a highly competitive aero platform,” said Pat Suhy, manager of Chevrolet Racing Oval Track Group. “For the remainder of 2012,our engineers will be busy working with our Chevy teams on wind tunnel and on-track testing to fine-tune the car in preparation for next year. It will be great to see Camaro compete on the track against its showroom competition, starting with the2013 season opener at Daytona.”

Chevrolet currently leads the NASCAR Nationwide Series in wins, manufacturer standings and driver points. 

“We have been working on this new Camaro for over a year and I am excited to have it approved by NASCAR for 2013 competition in the Nationwide Series,” said Shane Martin, program manager, Chevrolet NASCAR Nationwide Series. “This car has a bold look that will be reinforced by its performance on the race track.”

11 comments:

  1. Anonymous2:28 PM

    Sharp looking car, well done Bowties.

    Just how gruntled was the Godfather while typing this column?
    I'm guessing extremely.


    Robert Y
    Cincinnati

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  2. Anonymous6:45 PM

    Had the opportunity to drive a brandy new ZR1 yesterday. Had to be gentle since it wasn't mine. NO better value in a supercar, none, world wide. That much horsepower for under $60 grand, and it rides like you wouldn't believe. It would be fun to take one of those for a lap around Dover or even Darlington someday. I'm glad Chevy is going to be strong in Nationwide next year. I hope the fans support the new cars from everyone.

    Doug from NJ

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    1. Anonymous3:05 PM

      ZL1 camaro, sorry. I don't fit in the Vettes (ZR1) any more, can't get out.


      Doug from NJ

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  3. Anonymous7:06 PM

    looks like the car now except with a camaro nose, but atleast they are trying tokeep up with the jones

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  4. Robert8:25 PM

    They had to. The Ford and Dodge "pony" cars made it mandatory. Like Robert Yates said, "there has to be a show and there has to be a Chevy in the show". Anything else sends one of two messages, Chevy doesn't care or their car isn't good enough. Neither one is true. I really like the model separtion between Cup and Nationwide.

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  5. Anonymous9:31 PM

    What is Toyota's musclecar, a Prius with a lawnmower engine?

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  6. If I recall the comments about not bringing the camaro into nascar at all was in part to Chevrolet not wanting to alter the iconic look of the Camaro but adding a required B pillar which the car never had and still doesn't have.

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  7. Chevy did get a little bullied into this...

    But at least that body has the right nose on it now.

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  8. I can see why GM held off from calling their Nationwide car a "Camaro". From the side it's not even close, actually pretty weird looking.

    I sure wish NASCAR would go back to real bodies instead of trying to con the fans with these gimmicks.

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    1. Why? NASCAR needs to stop pretending that the manufacturers should have "different" cars because the fact remains Form Follows Function. That's why the cars have looked alike for decades. The sport doesn't need "real" bodies - it needs aerocoupes and a different rules package that reigns in the technology arms race and makes the draft more important than handling - get handling out of the way of passing.

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  9. Anonymous6:08 PM

    Any truth to the rumors that Toyota is working on getting the new scion in time for 2014 for nationwide?

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