Chevrolet Debuts 2017 XFINITY Camaro

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Chevrolet has debuted the new Camaro body that will be campaigned by teams in the NASCAR XFINITY Series beginning in 2017. (Chevrolet Photo)
Chevrolet has debuted the new Camaro body that will be campaigned by teams in the NASCAR XFINITY Series beginning in 2017. (Chevrolet Photo)
Chevrolet has debuted the new Camaro body that will be campaigned by teams in the NASCAR XFINITY Series beginning in 2017. (Chevrolet Photo)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Chevrolet announced Thursday that the sixth-generation Camaro SS will serve as the model for Chevrolet race cars in the NASCAR XFINITY Series starting next season.

The updated Camaro race car debut Thursday at Daytona Int’l Speedway ahead of Friday’s Subway Firecracker 250 Presented by Coca-Cola. The official racing debut of the new Camaro will come next February at the 2017 season-opening NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Daytona Int’l Speedway.

“For the past 50 years, Camaro has played a key role in Chevrolet’s racing success in winning races and championships,” said Mark Kent, director, Chevrolet Racing. “We look forward to further success with the new Camaro SS in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.”

Computational fluid dynamics analysis, as well as traditional full- and reduced-scale wind-tunnel development, was used to refine the shapes of the unique upper nose and hood of the new 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Camaro SS.

The fifth-generation Camaro was introduced into the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2013.

Chevrolet drivers have captured five NASCAR XFINITY Series checkered flags so far in 2016, bringing Chevrolet’s tally to 408 victories in the modern era since 1982 – and contributing to the most manufacturer titles in NASCAR history.

“Racing improves the breed and helps us design better cars for the showroom,” said Kent. “That’s why Chevrolet is on the track week after week, year after year.”