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NASCAR may be saying goodbye to the Monte Carlo. Although it has been the most successful car in Nextel Cup racing history, GM has apparently gotten approval from NASCAR to replace it. According to a report in the Charlotte Observer, NASCAR has given General Motors permission to drop the Monte Carlo SS, and replace it with the Impala SS. This despite the fact that the Monte Carlo has the most Cup wins of any model in history with 400. Sources told the Observer a Hendrick Motorsports built Impala SS by will be unveiled at the official announcement Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The Impala actually won the Cup way back in 1960 and 1961, but the Monte Carlo took over the NASCAR duties for Chevy after its debut in 1969. The Monte didn't actually race until 1971, but it captured the pole for its first race at the 1971 World 600 at what is now Lowe's Motor Speedway. The new Impala SS will run in 16 Nextel Cup races next year, according to the Observer. It will be used as Chevrolet's version of NASCAR's "car of tomorrow." In races where they aren't using the "car of tomorrow," Chevy teams will still use the Monte Carlo.

[Source: ESPN via GM Inside News]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      at least back in 1960 that Impala was real car off a Chevrolet production line unlike the phony hand made cars today.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Doesn't matter, like other have said, just different decals.
      • 8 Years Ago
      ya they need 2 do actual cars. then it would cost so much and maybe friggin hendricks and rousch wouldnt have advantages even with 4 -5 car teams. lmao be funny if they decided to use the toyota prius instead of the camery so they can win on fuel milage lmao
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don’t know why everyone things the headlight stickers are going to change. The Impala and MC have the same headlights. What will change are the taillight stickers and the rear window design. The real news here is that confirms form GM that the MC will end in 07.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I wish NASCAR would go back to real stock car racing...
      • 8 Years Ago
      So they're going to remove the stickers on the front of the car that look like the lights from a Monte Carlo and replace them with stickers that look like the lights from an Impala. C'mon, we all know that these aren't actually "stock cars". They should just drop the model names altogether.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm with you, whitless. Let's see the street cars modified into racers that we can relate to the showroom. I saw a black on black Impala SS in a parking lot, and it's a very clean and muscular design, tight. Quite an improvement over the early Impalas with the black plastic round red taillamps. And the 18" polished alloys looked awesome with the twin tailpipes from the V8. Very sweet for a family 4-door.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Go Viagra car! Man, them NASCAR racers face some stiff competition on da track.
      dodgeboy
      • 8 Years Ago
      how do you spell boredom CHEVY
      • 8 Years Ago
      Big deal. The cars used in NASCAR-type races bear almost no resemblance to those found in dealer showrooms. And since pretty much all the other manufacturers are running "2 door" versions of their 4 door sedans...Chevy is just falling into line with everyone else.
      • 8 Years Ago


      NASCAR racing is the "Big Top" event of a Barnum & Bailey style spectacle. Thrills and spills for the masses while the French family laugh all the way to the bank. That's entertainment.

      "There's a silver lining in every crowd" - P.T. Barnum.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #15. "French family" ROTFLMAO A real NASCAR expert

      It's France.....

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