The Chevrolet Impala is on its way out of racing once again. Earlier this year, Chevrolet announced that the all-new SS Performance sedan would replace the Impala in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series, and now the automaker has revealed that the Chevrolet Camaro will take over racing duty in the NACAR's minor league, the Nationwide Series. The new Chevrolet Camaro racecar will make its NASCAR debut in February at the Daytona International Speedway.
Thanks to some rule changes last year, cars participating in the Nationwide Series are able to use a more realistic body design even to the point of using OEM wind tunnel testing for aero tuning. The Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang have already made their presence felt on racetracks in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and now the Chevrolet Camaro will join its muscle car compatriots in battle. Unlike the "stock cars" of recent years, the next-generation of NASCAR racers actually resemble their street-legal counterparts. For the Chevy Camaro, this means a very familiar front-end styling that even includes the Camaro's signature halo headlights - albeit as stickers in this application.
"We put [the Nationwide Camaro] side-by-side with our production Camaro SS. You can clearly see up front this racecar has the classic Camaro styling cues, the deep recessed grille, the unique hood with the power bulge, dual port grille appearance, and the trademark halo light rings and, of course, the Chevy Bowtie," said Chevrolet's Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, Jim Campbell. "This car was developed by our Chevrolet performance engineer aerodynamic engineers and our aerodynamic engineers working with partners in the Nationwide Series. Special thanks to Richard Childress Racing for all the work that you and your team did with our team to develop this, along with the other Nationwide teams."
Toyota hasn't confirmed what car it will run in the Sprint Cup or Nationwide Series, but it looks like the Toyota Camry will continue to be the automaker's oval-track queen.