2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 race car prepares for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Article by Christian A., on August 14, 2017

Chevrolet has been pretty lucky in races they have participated in. From the Chevrolet SS, the Impala, to the Camaro. Recently, the company introduced the Camaro ZL1, which will be the race car they will use for the 2018 season.

To give you a little bit of a back story, the Chevrolet SS has won around 70 MENCS races for the company since it replaced the Impala in 2013. Besides that, the company has also used a Camaro in the Xfinity Series in the same year.

In the past four years, Chevrolet has been running the SS performance sedan, but since it is going out of production this year, they needed a replacement, and this is how the 2018 Camaro ZL1 enters the picture. The ZL1 is powered by a supercharged 650 horsepower V8 so the manufacturer is pretty confident to race this model.

The executive vice president of GM Global Product Development, Mark Reuss is proud to say that the Chevrolet, Camaro and ZL1 are all synonymous with winning, both on and off the race track. Having said that, he is even more excited to announce that a Camaro will be at the NASCAR Cup Series next year, considering the fact that it comes with a ZL1 badge. Everyone is excited about this development, including the drivers, teams, fans and customers.

To support Reuss’ statement, Jim Campbell, vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports also said that drivers have always relied on Camaro to win races and championships, whether it is an amateur or a professional sports car and drag racing - including the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Campbell is looking forward to taking the 2018 Camaro ZL1 out at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Jimmie Johnson, a seven-time NASCAR Cup champion who has been racing since his debut in 2001, was present during the announcement that the Camaro ZL1 will be the 2018 race car.

Johnson made a comment on the Camaro ZL1 saying that it indeed is a good-looking car, besides all the history it has got. This means that the car will be a hit to NASCAR fans. He also expressed his excitement to take the ZL1 on the track as he enjoys driving the car on the street.

So far, Chevrolet has been the biggest name in NASCAR’s history, with its impressive number of wins. All in all, they hold a record of 39 manufacturer titles, as well as 13 consecutive wins from 2003 to 2015 - this alone is very impressive. It was in 2016 when they lost their streak to Toyota. However, they still won the driver’s title with Jimmie J.

Press Release

CHEVROLET UNVEILS 2018 CAMARO ZL1 NASCAR CUP RACE CAR

A new era in Chevrolet motorsports starts today with the introduction of the Camaro ZL1 as the new race car for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson — driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports — joined Mark Reuss, executive vice president of GM Global Product Development, to reveal the new race car at Chevrolet’s headquarters in Detroit.

“Chevrolet, Camaro and ZL1 are all synonymous with winning, both on and off the track,” said Reuss. “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.”

The Camaro ZL1 will make its competition debut next February during Daytona Speedweeks, which kicks off the 2018 NASCAR season. It will join the Camaro SS, which has been Chevrolet’s entry in the NASCAR XFINITY Series since 2013.

“The new Camaro ZL1 is a great-looking race car with a lot of heritage behind it, which will make it a big hit with fans,” said Johnson. “And as someone who’s enjoyed the ZL1 on the street, I’m really looking forward to getting this new race car on the track.”

Chevrolet engineers employed an array of tools, including computational fluid dynamics analysis and reduced-scale and full-scale wind-tunnel testing, to optimize aerodynamic performance while maintaining the ZL1’s design character.

“Racers have long relied on Camaro to win races and championships in amateur and professional sports car and drag racing, as well as the NASCAR XFINITY Series,” said Jim Campbell, vice president, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “We look forward to racing the Camaro ZL1 in the premier Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.”

Joining Chevrolet today for the Camaro ZL1 race car’s debut were representatives from Hendrick Motorsports, Richard Childress Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing, Germain Racing, JTG Daugherty Racing and Leavine Family Racing.

The Camaro ZL1 brings a unique, track-focused legacy to NASCAR. The ZL1 name was originally bestowed in the 1960s on a Chevrolet-developed all-aluminum racing engine that became a dominating force in road racing. In 1969, a few enterprising dealers used Chevrolet’s special-order system to get the ZL1 engine installed in 69 regular-production Camaros. The cars became instant legends on the street and dragstrip.

More than 40 years later, Chevrolet reintroduced the ZL1 as the ultimate performance Camaro, developed to offer track-capable performance straight off the showroom floor. The 2018 Camaro ZL1 is powered by a 650-horsepower supercharged engine featuring a similar 90-degree V-8 configuration as the Cup racing engines.

The new Camaro ZL1 race car builds on a winning legacy carried by the previous Chevrolet SS, which has scored 70 Cup Series wins to date and contributed to Chevrolet earning a record 39 NASCAR manufacturer titles — including 13 consecutive titles from 2003-2015.

Chevrolet drivers have also achieved a record 30 Cup championships, including Jimmie Johnson in 2016.

FAST FACT: The Camaro ZL1 race car shown today wore #8, which was Louis Chevrolet’s racing number.

Source: Chevrolet

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