Chevrolet announced on Thursday morning that it would be switching to the Camaro nameplate for its NASCAR Nationwide Series cars in 2013. The manufacturer currently races under the Impala banner in both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series, but Chevy is expected to drop the Impala from its lineup of production cars for next year.
“Chevrolet is proud to bring the Camaro to the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2013,” said Jim Campbell, vice president, Chevrolet Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “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 and dual-port grille appearances, and the gold bowtie.”
Chevrolet also races the Impala at the Sprint Cup level at the present time, but will be making the switch to the SS next year in that series.
On the Nationwide circuit, Chevrolet’s switch to the Camaro leaves Toyota as the only manufacturer utilizing the same nameplate in the Nationwide Series as it does in Cup.
According to a release from Chevrolet, the Camaro to be raced in the Nationwide Series next year has been in development for more than a year. Wind tunnel testing will be conducted, with input from Chevrolet teams in the series, throughout the remainder of 2012 in preparation for the car’s competitive debut at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway next February.
“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, 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 the 2013 season opener at Daytona.”
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