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Recently, Chevrolet unveiled its 2013 NASCAR Chevrolet SS race car. The eagerly anticipated car is powered by the legendary small block V-8 engine. Beginning with the 2013 SpeedWeeks in Daytona, Florida, the rear-wheel drive performance sedan will be Chevrolet’s newest chapter in its storied racing history.

The new NASCAR race car is similar to the all-new rear wheel drive V-8 Chevrolet SS performance sedan that is scheduled to debut in early 2013.

The Chevrolet SS will replace the Impala that scored 151 wins between 1959-1964 and 2007-20012. The SS is the next in a long line of famous nameplates that Chevrolet has raced.

GM North America President Mark Reuss, a passionate race fan, noted that the debut of the SS NASAR race car is an exciting moment for him. “With the SS, Chevrolet is delivering a true rear-wheel-drive NASCAR race car that is very closely linked to the performance sedan that will be available for sale, ensuring that our most loyal enthusiast will have the opportunity to experience the same thrill every day on the open road that our race car drivers enjoy on the track on race day.”

The Chevrolet SS will be a derivative of the award-winning global rear-wheel-drive architecture that has given birth to performance vehicles like the Chevrolet Camaro. The SS will be a limited production version of the 2014 model and will arrive in dealer showrooms in late 2013. The release of the SS marks the first time in 17 years that Chevrolet will offer a rear-wheel-drive sedan for sale in the United States.

Chevy has used the SS (Super Sport) designation on high-performance models of some of its most enduring nameplates. The designation first appeared in 1957 on a Corvette prototype race car. The first production vehicle offered with an SS optional package was the 1961 Impala. Only 453 were built with the upgrades, which included a modified chassis and suspension, power brakes, a steering column mounted tachometer and unique wheels and tires. The SS designation was revived in the Chevrolet lineup in 2010 with the fifth-generation Camaro.

Chevrolet has earned 702 victories in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, which is more than any other manufacturer. Chevy’s first win came on March 26, 1955, at Columbia, South Carolina, with Founty Flock behind the wheel. Jimmie Johnson earned Chevy’s 700th victory was in November at the Texas Motor Speedway.


2013 NASCAR Chevrolet SS Will Debut at Daytona | Chevrolet of Joplin


For all you die hard nascar fans, I know youve been waiting for this one!
 

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Am astounded that a purpose built race car shell, which is a 2 door when the road car is a 4 door, thrown over a NASCAR chassis, has any connection whatsoever to the road car other than the name ??

It looks nothing like the intended road car !

Why the hype ?

Even the V8 Supercar here in Australia has little shape resemblance to the road car (but at least it has 4 doors !)
 

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Hi guys

Am astounded that a purpose built race car shell, which is a 2 door when the road car is a 4 door, thrown over a NASCAR chassis, has any connection whatsoever to the road car other than the name ??

It looks nothing like the intended road car !

Why the hype ?

Even the V8 Supercar here in Australia has little shape resemblance to the road car (but at least it has 4 doors !)
i don't see a problem with it having 2 doors, its just a shell. apparently the chassis will be almost the same.
 

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Hi guys

Am astounded that a purpose built race car shell, which is a 2 door when the road car is a 4 door, thrown over a NASCAR chassis, has any connection whatsoever to the road car other than the name ??

It looks nothing like the intended road car !

Why the hype ?

Even the V8 Supercar here in Australia has little shape resemblance to the road car (but at least it has 4 doors !)
Last I knew Nascar cars had NO DOORS
 

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Hi guys

Am astounded that a purpose built race car shell, which is a 2 door when the road car is a 4 door, thrown over a NASCAR chassis, has any connection whatsoever to the road car other than the name ??

It looks nothing like the intended road car !

Why the hype ?

Even the V8 Supercar here in Australia has little shape resemblance to the road car (but at least it has 4 doors !)
Okay, so I should have qualified, a "hatchback" shape when the donor car is a sedan. Do you guys really buy a car on Monday becasue it wins on Sunday when about the only relationship with the car on Monday is they both have an intrnal combustion engine (oh, and the badge) ?
 

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Chevrolet SS Wins In Its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Debut

Five-time series champion Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS, won the 55th running of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday. It also marked the first victory for the recently introduced Chevrolet SS, which made its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut.
“I’m very happy to win the first Gen-6 race in the Gen-6 car for Chevrolet in their SS,” said Johnson, who led 16 laps and took the lead for good shortly after the final restart. “Awesome day.”

Johnson, who also won Daytona 500 in 2006, now has 61 victories in 400 career starts.

“Congratulations to Jimmie Johnson, (crew chief) Chad Knaus and (team owner) Rick Hendrick on their victory in The Great American Race,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “And for the Chevrolet SS to win its first points race is incredible. This is a culmination of a tremendous effort by our engineers, owners, drivers, crew chiefs and teams who worked together to develop the Chevrolet SS race car. So much hard work went into preparing the Chevrolet SS for competition in the Sprint Cup series. We waited a long time for this race, and the performance of the No. 48 team made that wait worthwhile.”

Johnson finished 0.129 seconds ahead of teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet SS). It’s the third time in the last four years that Earnhardt Jr. has been the Daytona 500 runner-up. Ryan Newman (fifth, No. 39 Quicken Loans Chevrolet SS), Regan Smith (seventh, No. 51 Phoenix Construction Chevrolet) and pole-sitter Danica Patrick (eighth, No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet SS) also finished in the top 10 for Team Chevy.

It was the seventh Daytona 500 victory for Hendrick.

Chevrolet now has 22 Daytona 500 victories, more than any other manufacturer. A Team Chevy driver has won seven of the last 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series openers at the 2.5-mile track.
 

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Gleeful GM On Danica Patrick Driving New Chevy SS At Daytona: 'It's Kind of A Fairy Tale'

GM could not have asked for a better coming-out party for its new high-performance Chevrolet SS.
On Sunday at the Daytona 500, the nation’s eyes will be on Danica Patrick as she attempts to make history as the first woman to win The Great American Race. Already she is the first female driver to win the pole position for a NASCARSprint Cup race, with a qualifying lap speed of 196.434 mph. And she did it behind the wheel of a bright-green Chevy SS, one of a new generation of NASCAR racers that was unveiled only a week ago.
“It’s kind of a fairy tale,” said Chevrolet spokesman Michael Albano. “To have her on the pole for the car’s inaugural race, we couldn’t have written it any better.”
The history-making potential has racing experts predicting the largest TV audience in years for the premier NASCAR Sprint Cup event, the Super Bowl of stock car racing.
Of course, Patrick is already well-known to Super Bowl watchers because of her sexy commercials for sponsor GoDaddy.com. But she already owned the spotlight for years when she competed in the IndyCar Series. And her new romance with fellow Sprint Cup rookie Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has only spiced up the storyline behind the Danica 500.
Her chances of winning Sunday’s race are low. Only nine of Daytona’s 54 previous pole winners (17 percent) have gone on to take the checkered flag.
But for Chevrolet, it doesn’t matter. Even if she comes in last, GM wins because of the extra exposure for the SS and the rest of the Chevy lineup, including the Camaro and the newly redesigned Corvette. Seven of the race’s top nine starters will be driving Chevrolet SS race cars. And the production version of the 2014 Chevy SS will be the official pace car, leading an all-Chevrolet front row to the green flag.
Consumers will be able to buy the new SS later this year. With a 415-hp V8 engine, the SS is the first rear wheel drive performance sports sedan in 17 years. Back then, a 13-year-old Danica Patrick was still driving Go-Karts.


http://www.forbes.com/sites/joannmuller/2013/02/22/why-chevy-cant-lose-with-danica-patrick-behind-the-wheel-at-daytona/
 

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Cheverolet must have a wide grin on its face lately with Danika Patricks successes. That girl is blowing up and is everywhere these days.
 
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