Chevrolet introduces Camaro ZL1 for 2018 NASCAR Cup Series
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Chevrolet has introduced a new car for next year's NASCAR Cup Series — a Camaro ZL1.
The Chevy Camaro has only two Cup Series victories to its credit, both by Tiny Lund in 1971. More recently, the Camaro SS has been Chevrolet's entry in the Xfinity Series since 2013.
Chevy introduced the new race car in an outdoor ceremony in downtown Detroit on Thursday. Seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson drove the car along Jefferson Avenue before pulling in front of the Renaissance Center, headquarters of General Motors.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., who was also on hand, says he believes Chevy fans will be happy with the car, and he believes a lot of people had been hoping the Camaro would return to the Cup Series.
"Chevrolet, Camaro, and ZL1 are all synonymous with winning, both on and off the track," said Mark Reuss, GM's Executive Vice President of Global Product Development.
"We are thrilled to run Camaro in NASCAR next year, with the time-honored and track-tested ZL1 badge, and we’re just as excited for our drivers, teams, fans and customers.”
Earlier this year the road-going 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE set a Nürburgring Nordschleife time of 7:16.04, faster than a Ferrari 488 GTB, Nissan R35 GT-R, 2010 Porsche 911 GT2 and Gumpert Apollo supercar.