Since 2013 the Camaro SS has run in the Xfinity Series.
Speaking to Automotive News, Chevy product head Mark Reuss said yesterday that the automaker is considering a cheaper, stripped-out Camaro SS to better compete with the Mustang GT. Starting at Daytona Speedweeks in 2018 NASCAR's Chevy teams will bring a Camaro ZL1 to the track.
It was announced at the start of the year that Chevrolet would no longer field the SS in the NASCAR Cup Series, a move in line with the discontinuation of the Chevrolet SS road vehicle; which suffered from poor sales throughout its run.
Seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Jimmie Johnson was on hand for the announcement, a driver that has raced for the bow tie since his Cup debut in 2001.
Chevrolet engineers developed the body shape's aerodynamics for racing using computational fluid dynamics analysis and reduced-scale and full-scale wind-tunnel testing. "We look forward to racing the Camaro ZL1 in the premier Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series".
"Racers have long relied on Camaro to win races and championships in amateur and professional sports auto and drag racing, as well as the NASCAR XFINITY Series", added Jim Campbell, vice president, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. In 1969, a few enterprising dealers used Chevrolet's special-order system to get the ZL1 engine installed in 69 regular-production Camaros. The Mustang GT and Challenger R/T can be ordered with a V8 for about $4,000 less, which has Chevrolet reconsidering the available trim packages for the pony vehicle. Over 40 years after the ZL1 returns to the sales floor with track ready performance. It is set to make its racing debut come February of next year and is based off the 650 PS supercharged production Camaro ZL1. Various teams that run with Chevrolet in the Cup series were also in attendance, including representatives from Hendrick Motorsports, Chip Ganassi Racing, Richard Childress Racing, JTG Daugherty Racing, Germain Racing, and Leavine Family Racing.