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New Camaro ZL1 debuts in first NASCAR test of 2018

10 January 2018

Four drivers are taking part in the first of a two-day closed Goodyear tyre test at the Texas Motor Speedway, including Chase Elliott who debuted the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, which is set to replace the Chevrolet SS in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Elliott however was quick to point out that the nature of the test meant that he was as yet unable to say how different the new Camaro is compared to the old car.

“Behind the wheel it’s really hard to tell what changes are when you are out there by yourself,” he explained. “I think the changes will probably become more apparent, hopefully, when we get to say Atlanta or get to some of the tracks that the changes are going to become important at. I think until we get into those situations and kind of get some races under our belt as not only an organisation, but as a manufacturer as a whole to see exactly how we stack up, I think it will be tough to say until then.”

Elliott also praised the look of the car, in particular the closeness of its look to a production Camaro.

“The car looks great,” he enthused. “I don’t know from a manufacturer standpoint, from the public eyes standpoint, I don’t know how you could not identify the Camaro with the Camaro on the street. It looks the same. I think that is something to be very proud of from Chevrolet. The work they did on that and the thought process behind it. It is the same car, it looks just like it. I think job well done from that standpoint.”

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