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Chevrolet to Use Camaro ZL1 1LE in Cup Series Next Season

By Luis Torres, Staff Writer

After two seasons, Chevrolet will stick with the Camaro in the NASCAR Cup Series, but it’ll no longer be the ZL1. Instead, the manufacturer announced Thursday they’ll be running the Camaro ZL1 1LE next season.

Known to be the fastest and most track-capable production ever built for the Camaro, it’s set to debut during Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway next February.

Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President of Performance and Motorsports, said they’ve taken lessons from their production counterpart and applied it into their NASCAR vehicle.

“The ZL1 1LE is the highest performer within the Camaro production-car lineup,” Campbell said. “We took lessons from the production car and applied them to the new 2020 Cup car.”

Since the Camaro’s debut in NASCAR’s premiere level, they’ve had notable successes such as Austin Dillon winning the 60th Daytona 500 and producing 11 wins with seven coming from 2019 alone.

Heading into Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, two out of the Round of 8 drivers represent the Bowtie Brigade which are Hendrick Motorsports’ Chase Elliott and Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kyle Larson.

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From the Pacific Northwest, Luis is a University of Idaho graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcasting and Digital Media. Ever since watching the 2003 Daytona 500, being involved in auto racing is all he's ever dreamed of doing. Over the years, Luis has focused on writing, video and photography ranging from Idaho athletics to auto racing with ambitions of having his work recognized.