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Chevrolet Camaro to race in NASCAR in 2018 - Photo: Chevrolet

Chevrolet Camaro to race in NASCAR in 2018 – Photo: Chevrolet

Chevrolet will switch over to the Camaro ZL1 for the 2018 NASCAR Cup series replacing the Chevy SS which goes out of production later this year.

The Chevy SS based off Australia’s Holden Commodore debuted in NASCAR in 2013, replacing the previous Impala model used in NASCAR, earning Chevrolet 71 wins.

With production of the ceasing on both the Commodore and the SS, Chevrolet will move it’s NASCAR efforts over to the Camaro ZL1 which has a higher profile in the US and Canada.

“Chevrolet, Camaro and ZL1 are all synonymous with winning, both on and off the track,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president of GM Global Product Development.

“We are thrilled to run Camaro in the NASCAR Cup Series next year, with the time-honored and track-tested ZL1 badge, and we’re just as excited for our drivers, teams, fans and customers.”

“Racers have long relied on Camaro to win races and championships in amateur and professional sports car and drag racing, as well as the NASCAR XFINITY Series,” added Jim Campbell, vice president, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports.

“We look forward to racing the Camaro ZL1 in the premier Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.”

Seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Jimmie Johnson was also at the announcement.

“The new Camaro ZL1 is a great-looking race car with a lot of heritage behind it, which will make it a big hit with fans,” said Johnson.

“And as someone who’s enjoyed the ZL1 on the street, I’m really looking forward to getting this new race car on the track.”

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