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Chevrolet unveils 2018 Camaro ZL1 Monster Energy Series race car
DETROIT — Chevrolet dipped into its rich motorsports history in assembling the race car that will tackle the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2018, announcing Thursday that it will bring the Camaro ZL1 name to the sport’s top division.
History, in this case, doesn’t mean a relic, not with seven-time series champ Jimmie Johnson’s grand introduction of the freshly race-ready car — a snarling, fast-revving Thursday afternoon rip on Detroit’s East Jefferson Avenue echoing off the towers of General Motors’ Renaissance Center headquarters. The deep-blue car, which will replace the outgoing Chevy SS next year, was adorned with the No. 8, the favored car number of pioneering racer and company founder Louis Chevrolet.
It was enough to make longtime Chevy driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. consider his garage-space options back home in North Carolina.
“Certainly, yeah!” said Earnhardt, who arrived at Thursday’s ceremony in the Camaro pace car used this weekend at Michigan International Speedway. “I’ll build some space, whatever we’ve got to do.”
Bows toward history were all around as the cars took center stage with drivers, teams, NASCAR officials and eager GM employees, but among the 2018 Camaro’s primary objectives is current-day relevance, in the showroom and on the speedways. The race-prepared version will make its competition debut at Daytona International Speedway in February 2018.
The Chevy SS has been a formidable racer, with 71 wins in NASCAR’s premier series, but it has competed without a significant refreshing since its 2013 debut. From a consumer standpoint, the Camaro represents a more visible model than its road-going predecessor. The low-volume SS, a V8-powered four-door sedan based on the Australian-built Holden Commodore, ends its production run this year.
“Selfishly, it’s going to be a great race car, but it’s also going to be really good for the dealer business,” said Rick Hendrick, who has dual stakes in the Camaro through his dealership empire and Hendrick Motorsports operation. Earlier Thursday, Hendrick took delivery of the first production Camaro ZL1 1LE at Chevrolet’s Lansing, Michigan, plant.
“When you’ve got 50 years of heritage and being a performance car, from the Z28 all the way through the line, the reviews on this car have been off the chart.”