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NASCAR formally announced that all four of its OEM manufacturers' 2013 Sprint Cup Series race car bodies have been approved for competition, allowing Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford and Toyota to begin developing, designing and constructing parts for their SS, Charger, Fusion and Camry models, respectively. The ultimate approval was based on aerodynamic tests on July 18th from final submissions from all four auto makers that met NASCAR's necessary targets for the car.
This approval is another step forward in the new-car process and permits manufacturers the ability to begin making parts and pieces for the new models. The four new cars are the result of more than two years' collaborative efforts between manufacturers and the sanctioning body with the goals of enhancing product relevance, providing race cars that more closely resemble their respective manufacturer's showroom models and building on the highly competitive racing that is so prevalent in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing.
The new cars' roll-outs are scheduled for competitive debut next February at Daytona International Speedway, with obligatory testing before the 55th running of the Daytona 500 on February 24, 2013. NASCAR believes its fans will be extremely pleased by the Chevrolet SS, Dodge Charger, Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry.
“We commend the manufacturers and our team at the R&D center on all the hard work they’ve put into this new car,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. “With all the designs and surface areas of the car now approved, manufacturers can now move forward with building the components needed to outfit their cars.
"The wind tunnel testing we’ve had with the manufacturers over the past several months has given us the timely and necessary data we needed to come to this confirmation," he said. "We believe the new car is going to be a milestone opportunity for our sport, one that our fans will embrace.”
Ford Racing director Jamie Allison finds the decision that allows all manufacturers to begin production of their cars "a monumental moment for the sport, for the fans and for us as a company with our participation in NASCAR. The fans have clamored for the return of cars that look like cars in their driveways and NASCAR, alongside us as manufacturers, have listened to that request.
"We are very proud of all the hard work between NASCAR and the OEMs that was completed with the submission test (on July 18) and now we are ready to go forward with the new face of NASCAR," Allison continued. "Ultimately we all wanted to make sure that, although the cars would all look different on track, we retained the competitiveness that exists today. That required trust, collaboration and adhering to a specific target set by NASCAR."