NASCAR’s not the only sedan-based series
with new cars for 2013. Australian-based
Car of the Future, and Holden will race
with a Commodore built to the new regs.
“This car really gives me a lot
of similar sensations to the
car of 5-10 years ago”
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
SS road car. “If you look at where things
are going manufacturer-wise, it’s kind of
getting away from that. But I think that
race fans and car enthusiasts still like that.
I applaud them for putting that into this car.”
Just like the SS in Sprint Cup, the
Camaro that Chevrolet teams will
campaign in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series
retains major styling cues from the road
car. With input from Chevy’s road car
design team, its distinctive Camaro
elements include the unique “power-
bulge” hood and deeply recessed grille.
The IndyCar champion has
some unfinished business to
attend to at Indianapolis.
As he explains beginning
on page 24, the 2012 IZOD
IndyCar Series was the
realization of a dream for
Ryan Hunter-Reay, who went
from future hopeful to series
champ in Chevy’s first year
back in IndyCars. But there
are still plenty of goals for him
to shoot for in 2013.
The Indy 500 has been a
tough place for RHR, who
dropped out in 2012 with a
CV joint failure. But his
experience there with his
Andretti Autosport squad
has convinced him he’s in the
right seat to get the job done.
“From first practice this
THE THIN RED LINE
year, I knew I had a shot at
winning,” said Hunter-Reay.
“Being at Indy with positive
energy is some of the most
fun you can have in a racecar.
So, Indy is the next big target.”
For Chevy, Indy was the
“one that got away.” It locked
out the front two rows in
qualifying, but Tony Kanaan’s
third place was its race best.
IndyCar program manager
Chris Berube says lessons
have been taken onboard.
“We’re going to look at
things that are more relevant
late in the race and make sure
we have the opportunity to
race for the win,” he said.
Ryan Hunter-Reay saddles up to defend his
IndyCar crown, and lasso an Indy victory
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