Chevrolet Camaro Replaces Impala in NASCAR Nationwide Series

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    Chevrolet Camaro Replaces Impala in NASCAR Nationwide Series

    Chevrolet Camaro Will Debut in 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series
    July 26, 2012
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    DETROIT – Chevrolet will have a new entry in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2013: Camaro, the top-selling sports car in America, will make its series debut next February at Daytona International Speedway.

    “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.”

    Camaro, which led its segment in sales in 2010 and 2011 and currently leads in 2012, will continue the proud heritage of Chevrolet performance vehicles in one of America’s most prestigious racing series. Chevrolet has more wins, more manufacturers’ championships and more driver’s championships than any other manufacturer competing in the Nationwide Series.

    “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.”

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

    “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.”
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    Re: Chevrolet Camaro Replaces Impala in NASCAR Nationwide Series

    It looks like old IROC race cars (both the Camaros from the '80s & the Trans Ams from '96 until it ended). I liked those so maybe Nationwide racing will be worth watching again.
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    Re: Chevrolet Camaro Replaces Impala in NASCAR Nationwide Series

    Still stickers, but at least the body panels are getting closer to production-like.
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    Re: Chevrolet Camaro Replaces Impala in NASCAR Nationwide Series

    I wish some entrepreneur would start up a new racing circuit based on true stock cars.
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    Re: Chevrolet Camaro Replaces Impala in NASCAR Nationwide Series

    V8 Supercar is still factory chassis based - till they debut there version of car of tomorrow....

    Is that a bad photoshop or is there no air inlet for the radiator?

    The headlights/grill are an obvious sticker.
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    Re: Chevrolet Camaro Replaces Impala in NASCAR Nationwide Series

    SCCA world challenge series.

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    Re: Chevrolet Camaro Replaces Impala in NASCAR Nationwide Series

    I wish the would have kept the rear fenders.

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    Re: Chevrolet Camaro Replaces Impala in NASCAR Nationwide Series

    Let the hating begin

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    Re: Chevrolet Camaro Replaces Impala in NASCAR Nationwide Series

    Quote Originally Posted by 61BelAir View Post
    Let the hating begin
    Sure.

    It looks awful.

    Now I could tolerate this if it would get the Ute/El Camino onto our shores and into the Craftsman Truck Series. GM needs to continue the trend. ChevySS for cup, Camaro for sprint and Ute/El Camino for truck. DO IT GM!!!
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    Re: Chevrolet Camaro Replaces Impala in NASCAR Nationwide Series

    Its interesting how GM changed there minds on the idea. They were strictly opposed before
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    Re: Chevrolet Camaro Replaces Impala in NASCAR Nationwide Series

    Looks as good as the Nationwise Mustang, in other words its awful. They keep saying they want to keep the fans, yet NASCARS stuck on this car of never was so hard they won't admit that it was the whole "Stock" car idea that made them go. At this point I might was well watch Indy cars as they share just as many parts if not more than Nascar with a "stock" car.

    Continental Challenge is a good start, but the road races are too hard to watch in person since you can't see the whole track. Take these cars, add sligtly bigger tires and about 100 Horsepower and put them on the oval and lets see what happens.
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    Re: Chevrolet Camaro Replaces Impala in NASCAR Nationwide Series

    Looks great! It will be nice to see the Camaros take on the Challengers and Mustangs. Of course, Toyota, you still have the Camry.
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    Re: Chevrolet Camaro Replaces Impala in NASCAR Nationwide Series

    Quote Originally Posted by Cobaltss_King View Post
    Its interesting how GM changed there minds on the idea. They were strictly opposed before
    I think they changed their minds once NASCAR allowed more manufacturer-specific bodies.
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    Re: Chevrolet Camaro Replaces Impala in NASCAR Nationwide Series

    Quote Originally Posted by bonecrrusher View Post
    V8 Supercar is still factory chassis based - till they debut there version of car of tomorrow....

    Is that a bad photoshop or is there no air inlet for the radiator?

    The headlights/grill are an obvious sticker.
    Probably just for the press car. May not even have an engine in that car. The race cars should have the entire lower grille section for cooling.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cobaltss_King View Post
    Its interesting how GM changed there minds on the idea. They were strictly opposed before
    Smoke & mirrors? Just wanted to optimize the design instead of just slapping new panels on it to capitalize on the hype? Actually, I thought the change from older Impala to COT Impala was not a big deal. The COT Impala looked good. But, I'll admit, I appreciate any attempt to move to a race car with more in common to the street car. At least the Camaro is driven by the correct set of wheels.
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    Re: Chevrolet Camaro Replaces Impala in NASCAR Nationwide Series

    What Chevrolet Dealer sells that model Camaro ? Must be the same Toyota dealer thats sells the two door Camary for NASCAR.

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