Amanda Vincent, NASCAR Correspondent
Chevrolet announced Thursday morning that it would be switching from the Impala nameplate to the Camaro for NASCAR Nationwide Series competition in 2013. The move comes, at least partly, as a result of the manufacturer dropping the Impala for next year. The Camaro will join the SS Sprint Cup Series car and the Silverado Camping World Truck Series truck in NASCAR national level competition next year.
“Chevrolet is proud to bring the Camaro to the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2013," Chevrolet Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports said in a written statement. "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 appearance and gold bowtie."
This car has a bold look that will be reinforced by its performance on the race track.
With Chevrolet's switch to the Camaro, Toyota is left as the only manufacturer utilizing the same nameplate in both Sprint Cup and Nationwide series competition. The 2013 Camaro will join the Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger and Toyota Camry in the Nationwide Series.
Camro's entry into the Nationwide Series will change the look of a race field significantly, as Chevrolet is the most-utilized car on the circuit.
"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," Chevrolet NASCAR Nationwide Series Program Manager Shane Martin said. "This car has a bold look that will be reinforced by its performance on the race track."
NASCAR introduced its new car into the Nationwide Series with a partial schedule during the last half of the 2010 race season, making it the full-time car in 2011. Since its introduction, the current Nationwide car has been applauded for looking more like its production counterparts than the former car.
"Our team of Chevrolet designers and aerodynamic engineers did a fantastic job capturing the great look and styling cues of the production Camaro, while providing our NASCAR Nationwide teams with a highly competitive aero platform," Chevrolet Racing Oval Track Group Manager Pat Suhy said. "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."