Elliott pilots Camaro ZL1 for first time at Goodyear tire test at Texas


By Caleb Whisler, Staff Writer

For the first time in 2018, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 made its first laps at a Goodyear tire test at Texas Motor Speedway on Tuesday with Chase Elliott.

Elliott joined Aric Almirola, Ryan Blaney and Martin Truex Jr. in Texas for a two-day tire test session in preparation for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 on April 8th.

In August, Chevrolet announced at their headquarters in Detroit, Michigan that they would be moving from the Chevrolet SS to the Camaro ZL1. The NASCAR XFINITY Series has been running the Camaro SS since 2013. The Camaro ZL1 will build on the legacy of the Chevrolet SS, which saw 39 manufacturer titles.

Elliott was the first driver from the Chevrolet camp to take a lap at speed during a tire test at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway. The changes made over the offseason were hard to notice in single car runs according to Elliott.

“Yeah, as far as the feel goes, it is so hard to tell. I have a hard time feeling much of anything I’m going so fast,” stated Elliott. “I’m guessing anyway, but no, I think until we get into situations where we are racing and we get some more general analysis of hey, the Chevrolet’s are better or the Chevy’s are qualifying better or the Chevy’s are racing better, I think until we get of those generalizations of exactly how we stack up, it’s going to be hard to just make a ‘guesstimation’ of how the thing drives and say it’s better or worse.  It’s hard for me to tell out there by myself.”

As Cup organizations who run under the iconic “bowtie”, the more fans become attracted to the look of the Camaro ZL1. Elliott believes that the car that is run on the racetrack mimics the everyday driver fans can buy at the dealership.

“But, the car looks great.  I don’t know from a manufacturer standpoint from the public eyes standpoint, I don’t know how you could not identify the Camaro with the Camaro on the street.  It looks the same.  I think that is something to be very proud of from Chevrolet,” said Elliott. “The work they did on that and the thought process behind it.  It is the same car, it looks just like it.  I think job well done from that standpoint.”

The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will make its Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut at Daytona International Speedway in February during Speedweeks.

One Comment

  1. Al Torney

    January 10, 2018 at 7:03 am

    Looks like an SS with a Camaro grill and headlight decal. Of course the media will be telling us it looks like the street car. Much ado about nothing.

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