Remember when Chevrolet was the only automaker in NASCAR to not unveil its latest stock car variant for the 2013 season yet? You can go ahead and scratch that, sort of.
The golden bowtie announced today it will be racing a new vehicle that will join Chevy’s lineup starting in 2013. Like Ford, Toyota, and Dodge before it, Chevy has also taken advantage of NASCAR’s new rules, which permit manufacturers to exhibit more brand identity in their stock car entrants. However, unlike the three aforementioned automakers, Chevy hasn’t said which vehicle in its production lineup will handle racing full-time racing duties in NASCAR next year.
“We are keeping the wraps on the new car for now and will continue to prepare for next season by testing camouflaged vehicles,” said Jim Campbell, vice president, Chevrolet Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “We know that Chevrolet fans are eager to see the new racecar and we hope that the prospect of being able to own one just like it will make the wait a little more bearable.”
Chevrolet currently runs the Impala—that is, a stock car with Impala stickers for headlights, taillights and decals depending on who you talk to—full-time in NASCAR’s senior circuit. The popular production of the four-door sedan will be updated for the 2014 model year, but Chevy will have a new model representing it on the race track starting in 2013. The stock car Impala has brought Chevy a lot of success over since its introduction into NASCAR back in 2007 when it replaced the Monte Carlo. During its five-year stint in NASCAR’s most prestigious circuit, the Impala has taken the checkered flag 79 times and has claimed the driver’s championship every year as well.
“The Impala has been a critical part of Chevrolet’s success in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and we are confident the new racecar will allow us to remain the most successful name in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history,” Campbell said.
As for what vehicle will represent Chevy in NASCAR’s highest circuit remains a mystery. Chevy has said it will continue to test camouflaged vehicles during this season, and until we see some spy shots your guess is as good as ours. Our colleagues over at Motor Trend think the Caprice could be the natural successor for Chevy. The problem is, it’s currently only available as a police car, so the addition of the Caprice to NASCAR would also call for a civilian version of the law enforcement vehicle to meet NASCAR rules.
What say you? Do you think Chevy will bring back the Caprice or will they use something else? Tell us what you think in the comment section below.