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Chevrolet unveils 2013 Sprint Cup Series car

November 29, 2012, Holly Cain, Special to NASCAR.COM, NASCAR.com



Chevrolet unveils 2013 Sprint Cup Series car
The SS model will closely resemble the cars fans can drive on the highway

LAS VEGAS -- In one of the more highly anticipated events of NASCAR's Champions Week activities in Las Vegas, Chevrolet at last showed its hand Thursday morning unveiling the Chevrolet SS car it will field in the 2013 Sprint Cup Series.

Four-time Cup champ Jeff Gordon drove the sleek new-look race car onto the stage at a Wynn Casino theater climbing out of the cockpit to the applause of race fans, General Motors executives and NASCAR's top brass.

Chevrolet joins Ford (Fusion) and Toyota (Camry) -- who had already unveiled their 2013 Cup entries -- in introducing a production-based car for competition. The well-received move by NASCAR is to have their race cars more closely resemble the cars fans can drive on the highway.

"Having this [connection] is something we kind of lost touch with recently and it's been such an important part of the sport for us to compete in these cars on Sunday and sell them on Monday."

--TONY STEWART

Or as the President of General Motors North America, Mark Reuss proudly declared, "We're all focused on putting the 'stock' back in stock car.''

"We're using relevant technology and incorporating designs so fans can make the link between what they see on the track, on the streets and in the showrooms.''

Reuss said the company will introduce the production Chevrolet SS model in February during NASCAR's season-opening Speedweeks -- a move eagerly awaited by fans and drivers like Gordon, who also owns several successful Chevrolet dealerships and is very optimistic about the possibilities for the sport going back to a closer relationship between race and street models.

"I think we have a street version on steroids and that's great for the sport,'' Gordon said. "We're probably closer than we've ever been with having our cars look like a street car.''

Chevrolet crew chief Kenny Francis goes so far as to call it one of the most significant developments in his career.

"I think it was critical for the sport,'' said the veteran Francis, who leads the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports team with driver Kasey Kahne.

And he joked, "I'm glad for this announcement so we don't have to hide the car anymore, we spent a lot of time at the shop keeping it under wraps so the fans couldn't see.''

The 2013 models replace the seven-year old Car of Tomorrow (COT), which cut costs for teams and featured safety innovations. The new cars will also incorporate the safety designs while bearing a much stronger resemblance to the production cars.

As three-time Cup champion Tony Stewart says, "Having this [connection] is something we kind of lost touch with recently and it's been such an important part of the sport for us to compete in these cars on Sunday and sell them on Monday.''

"I'm a competitor and I'm really looking forward to seeing all these brands lined up, so it's hard to imagine how much the fans are looking forward to it.

"I haven't been this excited about a new car in a long time."