NASCAR has finally approved the cars for the 2013 Sprint Cup. After months of testing in wind tunnels, Toyota, Chevrolet, Dodge and Ford cars have been accepted. Now, the next phase of testing will move to the tracks and give fans the opportunity to see the cars in action.
Changes are Coming
NASCAR has kept its promise of allowing car manufacturers more freedom in the design process. This means that the cars in the 2013 Sprint Cup will not be using an identical template. One of the biggest complaints from fans has been the inability to differentiate the car makes on the track. Now, the cookie-cutter model will be loosened to give the manufacturers a chance for unique features.
NASCAR's Robin Pemberton has shared, "Each manufacturer is going to build its own doors, fenders, hoods and fronts. The roofs are individually different, and the windshields aren't the same. Every bit of the surface is unique to the manufacturer moving forward." I think this is a positive change for NASCAR that has been frequently requested by fans.
Three of the car manufacturers have already revealed the models they will use in 2013. The Ford Fusion, Dodge Charger and Toyota Camry designs for next season have been shown. However, the Chevrolet SS for 2013 remains a secret at this point. Since NASCAR approved Chevrolet's designs and used them in the aerodynamic testing, it is not clear why the brand is waiting to release the model to the public.
Dodge Submits a Design
Dodge submitted a design that was approved by NASCAR. The company has not revealed who will actually use the Dodge Charger in the 2013 Sprint Cup. Roger Penske will be switching to Ford for the 2013 season, and Dodge has not found an official replacement.
Dodge has maintained its silence on potential teams for next season, but rumors have been prevalent. Richard Petty has been linked consistently as a possible candidate for the Charger in 2013. Although Richard Petty Motorsports is currently using Ford, the team is allegedly considering the option of going back to Dodge. Despite the uncertainty, the car manufacturer still seems interested in the Sprint Cup.
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Growing up in Indiana, Lana developed a love for motorsports at an early age. She follows NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula One. Follow @Lana_Bandoim on Twitter.
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