NASCAR approves redesigned 2013 cars
BY Associated Press
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
7/31/12 at 5:30 AM
NASCAR has approved all four automakers' new Sprint Cup Series race car designs for next season.
Series officials announced Monday that the new Chevrolet SS, Dodge Charger, Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry designs have met the necessary targets for approval based on final aerodynamic tests July 18. Manufacturers can begin making parts and pieces for the new models, which will make their racing debut at Daytona International Speedway next February.
The new cars will bring a significantly different look next season as they are designed to look more like their passenger car counterparts.
SRT engineer Howard Comstock, who manages Dodge's NASCAR program, said developing the new cars involved unprecedented collaboration.
"In the beginning, we kind of approached NASCAR and said, it will be better for the manufacturers if we race cars that look more like the products we build," Comstock said.
Comstock said the new cars share only 10 percent of their body panels in common, a significant change from current Cup cars.
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