Chevrolet looking to change front of Xfinity Series Camaro

Photo by Jerry Jordan/Kickin' the Tires - Bottom photo courtesy Chevrolet

By Jerry Jordan, Editor
Shortly after the reveal of a new production model of the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro earlier this week, a source reached out to Kickin’ the Tires with information and other evidence indicating Chevrolet is seeking design change approval from NASCAR for a new nose on its Xfinity Series version of the iconic car.

“We saw photos of it last week and should get more information soon,” said a source familiar with the change. “They had one at the R&D Center last week, so we know it is happening but we haven’t been told when. It is probably early because what they had at R&D was a production car, so however long that process takes.”

A spokesperson for NASCAR declined to comment on the information, stating NASCAR does not discuss, reveal or confirm when manufacturers make submissions for alterations of the racecars and the same holds true for a new manufacturer that might be looking for entry into the NASCAR racing world.

Chevrolet first introduced the Camaro in the Xfinity Series in 2013. It was the fifth production generation of the car. In 2016, the automaker announced its sixth generation Camaro SS would be used beginning in the Xfinity Series in 2017. Those changes were announced ahead of the Subway Firecracker 250 presented by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway in June 2016. The Camaro was promoted to the Monster Energy Cup Series with the ZL1 model at the beginning of the 2018 season. That announcement was made in August 2017 in Detroit.

When contacted, Chevrolet released the following statement, “Chevrolet does not comment on future projects. If, and when, there is any news on this topic we will share it with everyone when the time is appropriate.”

Per the NASCAR rulebook, changes must be presented to the sanctioning body for approval before they can be implemented to the racecar. Additionally, rulebook Section 4.1.1 Race Vehicle to Production Vehicle Comparisons states, “Comparisons between the race vehicle and production vehicle will be made using the following tools and events: Body Panel Change Matrix Form and Race Vehicle Styling Features List, renderings and photos, the scheduled model display events, private and official wind tunnel tests.

“This process is intended to encourage resemblance between race vehicles and production vehicles. NASCAR will use its discretion in making decisions related to resemblance and OEM identity. If the production vehicle changes after the April 1st event, the OEM must inform NASCAR of the changes and display the changes to NASCAR.”

One Comment

  1. H. C. Richer

    April 15, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    Since the President of NASCAR, It’s Marketing, Competition, and Public Relations Directors are ALL Ex-GM Bosses—GM/Chev will always be Favored and the NASCAR Rules will be bent by those Ex-GM/ Now NASCAR Bosses to make sure they always have the Unfair Advantage just like NASCAR Owned IMSA keeps all the Non-GM competitors from winning their bogus IMSA Titles with their one sided BOP -(Balance of Power!?) Rules Trickery. No matter how good your Team, Car, and Driver is –FACT is in NASCAR -YOU Can’t BEAT those GM-Bosses who make the ever-changing NASCAR Rules Book. NASCAR/IMSA is NOT Real Racing! It’s a GM “Rules Controlled “SHOW” –Proof look at the Falling ATTENDANCE and TV Ratings ! People are NOT STUPID–they want heads up REAL Competition!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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