Chevrolet Rolls Out 2013 Cup Car
November 29, 2012 | 2:00 P.M. EST
Chevrolet has unveiled its 2013 SS model to be campaigned in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
LAS VEGAS – Chevrolet has opened a new chapter in its storied racing history, unveiling its 2013 NASCAR Chevrolet SS racecar.
Powered by a small-block V-8 engine, the rear-wheel drive performance sedan will be Chevrolet’s newest entry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series beginning with Budweiser SpeedWeeks at Daytona International Speedway in February.
The new Chevrolet NASCAR racecar closely resembles the all-new rear wheel-drive V-8 Chevrolet SS performance sedan that will debut early next year.
“As a passionate race fan, the debut of the SS racecar is exciting for me,” said General Motors North America President Mark Reuss. “With the SS, Chevrolet is delivering a true rear wheel-drive NASCAR racecar that is very closely linked to the performance sedan that will be available for sale, ensuring that our most loyal enthusiasts will have the opportunity to experience the same thrill every day on the open road that our racecar drivers enjoy at the track on race day."
The Chevrolet SS is the latest in a long line of famed nameplates the manufacturer has campaigned in NASCAR. It replaces Impala, which scored 152 wins from 1959-64 and 2007-12.
“We expect the new SS racecar, with some of the most skilled drivers on the circuit behind the wheel, to distinguish itself on the track,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports.
Chevrolet has long used the SS (Super Sport) designation on high-performance models of some of its most enduring nameplates. The SS designation first appeared in 1957 on a Corvette prototype racecar built under the guidance of Zora Arkus-Duntov with the plan to enter it in the Le Mans 24-hour sports car race.
Chevrolet has 702 victories in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, more than any other manufacturer. Fonty Flock earned the first win on March 26, 1955, at Columbia, S.C. Five-time champion Jimmie Johnson notched Chevrolet’s 700th victory earlier this month at Texas Motor Speedway and says he's more than impressed with the new car.
“It’s been a huge effort, and I’m excited for Chevrolet and - really, for all the manufacturers - to have such a cool-looking racecar," Johnson said Thursday during Champion's Week activities in Las Vegas. "The cars look sharp. I think the fans are going to be excited to go to the showrooms and buy these vehicles. My friends at GM are awfully smart and are going to give (us) a great car to go race with.”
Chad Knaus, Johnson's crew chief at Hendrick Motorsports, concurs.
"We can't wait to get it on the track full-time next year," he said. "We've been involved in the development process and have worked closely with the Chevy engineers. There will be some challenges, but I enjoy a good challenge. I do think it will create good racing on the track.”
Said three-time Cup Series champion Tony Stewart:
“The new SS looks awesome. It’s back to looking like a production car again. It’s a design I really like - the perfect blend of having a racecar look but a street car look at the same time. That's hard to do. No matter what you’re a fan of, you’re going to be able to pick out your favorite brand of car and see it from the grandstands.”