Not since 2007 when NASCAR’s Car of Tomorrow was first driven at Bristol Motor Speedway, has their been this much anticipation for how the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars would look, not to mention run at Daytona in February.
One of the main complaints with fans over the past few years has been that the manufacturers had no identity like they did in the past. In the past, the cars somewhat resembled their counterparts on the street, but over the past decade or two NASCAR had slowly gotten away from that.
Starting in 2013 NASCAR is changing that by having a Sprint Cup car for each manufacturer. Ford, Toyota, and Dodge had all revealed their 2013 Cup cars but Chevrolet had been somewhat late to the party.
At the 2012 PRI Trade show we finally got to see what the Chevrolet’s 2013 Cup car was going to look like! Thursday morning the folks in the Automotive Racing Products booth teamed with Richard Childress Racing to unveil Jeff Burton’s 2013 Caterpillar sponsored Chevrolet Sprint Cup car.
The important thing to remember here is that this is neither a Monte Carlo or an Impala. The folks from Richard Childress Racing actually explained to us that this car technically doesn’t even have a name yet but design was based on the upcoming SS Sedan from Chevrolet.
Chevrolet’s idea for the car is to put the “Stock” back in Stock Car Racing. Chevrolet’s new sedan will be available to the public with a V8 and a rear-wheel drive platform just like in the 2013 Cup cars. Both the Fusion and the Camry are both front wheel drive and offer only a V6 option.
Jeff Burton will enter the 2013 Season hoping to reclaim the success that he once experienced. After finishing 5th at the 2012 Daytona 500 Burton only finished in the top five one more time during the entire season and contributed to RCR’s disastrous 2012 with a 19th place finish in points.
Burton has a total of 21 victories in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series but currently has one of the longest winless streaks among active drivers as he hasn’t won a race since 2008.
The 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series fires off in February at the annual Daytona 500.