Nationwide Series cars testing at Talladega – Click above for high-res image gallery

We've already shown you the new Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger cars that will soon be running in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, but Chevy also introduced a new Impala car and Toyota a new Camry. All four new cars were out at Talladega Superspeedway today for some test runs, which gives us our first chance to view the new, more production-like bodies in the revealing light of day.

What we've learned is that all four manufacturers – Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge and Toyota – worked with NASCAR to develop the new body types that look markedly more like their production counterparts than cars raced in the upper level Sprint Cup. Those cars, based on the NASCAR Car of Tomorrow chassis, look identical from the bleachers, making the task of identifying your favorite brand practically impossible. Not so with the new Nationwide Series cars. They actually have distinct shapes that clearly communicate which pony car and/or family sedan you're watching race.

We wondered how much these new bodies would affect aerodynamics and give some brands with sleeker designs an edge, and we're told that all four cars are within "three horsepower of drag and just a few pounds of downforce." Those teams that might have an advantage are likely Chevrolet and Toyota, both of which opted to base their cars on family sedans – the Impala and Camry – with sleeker front ends. The Mustang and Challenger cars may suffer a disadvantage when it comes to wind with their more upright and recessed grilles, but Ford and Dodge will surely win the PR war with their iconic pony cars on the track.


  • TALLADEGA, AL - NOVEMBER 02: Colin Braun, driver of the #16 Ford Nationwide COT, drives during testing for the NASCAR Nationwide Series new Car of Tomorrw at Talladega Superspeedway on November 2, 2009 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR) *** Local Caption *** Colin Braun
  • TALLADEGA, AL - NOVEMBER 02: Trevor Bayne, driver of the Toyota Nationwide COT, drives during testing for the NASCAR Nationwide Series new Car of Tomorrw at Talladega Superspeedway on November 2, 2009 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR) *** Local Caption *** Trevor Bayne
  • TALLADEGA, AL - NOVEMBER 02: Colin Braun, driver of the #16 Ford Nationwide COT, drives during testing for the NASCAR Nationwide Series new Car of Tomorrw at Talladega Superspeedway on November 2, 2009 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR) *** Local Caption *** Colin Braun
  • TALLADEGA, AL - NOVEMBER 02: Colin Braun, driver of the #16 Ford Nationwide COT, drives during testing for the NASCAR Nationwide Series new Car of Tomorrw at Talladega Superspeedway on November 2, 2009 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR) *** Local Caption *** Colin Braun
  • TALLADEGA, AL - NOVEMBER 02: Trevor Bayne, driver of the Toyota Nationwide COT, drives during testing for the NASCAR Nationwide Series new Car of Tomorrw at Talladega Superspeedway on November 2, 2009 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR) *** Local Caption *** Trevor Bayne
  • TALLADEGA, AL - NOVEMBER 02: Jeff Burton, driver of the #29 Chevrolet Nationwide COT, drives during testing for the NASCAR Nationwide Series new Car of Tomorrw at Talladega Superspeedway on November 2, 2009 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR) *** Local Caption *** Jeff Burton
  • TALLADEGA, AL - NOVEMBER 02: Justin Allgaier, driver of the #12 Dodge Nationwide COT, drives during testing for the NASCAR Nationwide Series new Car of Tomorrw at Talladega Superspeedway on November 2, 2009 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR) *** Local Caption *** Justin Allgaier
  • TALLADEGA, AL - NOVEMBER 02: The Holiday Inn Chevrolet Impala Nationwide COT leaves the garage during testing for the NASCAR Nationwide Series new Car of Tomorrw at Talladega Superspeedway on November 2, 2009 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)
  • TALLADEGA, AL - NOVEMBER 02: The #33 Chevrolet Impala Nationwide COT drives during testing for the NASCAR Nationwide Series new Car of Tomorrw at Talladega Superspeedway on November 2, 2009 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)
  • TALLADEGA, AL - NOVEMBER 02: The #16 Con-Way Ford Mustang Nationwide COT leaves the garage during testing for the NASCAR Nationwide Series new Car of Tomorrw at Talladega Superspeedway on November 2, 2009 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)
  • TALLADEGA, AL - NOVEMBER 02: The #17 Citi Ford Mustang Nationwide COT drives during testing for the NASCAR Nationwide Series new Car of Tomorrw at Talladega Superspeedway on November 2, 2009 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)
  • TALLADEGA, AL - NOVEMBER 02: The Dodge Challenger Nationwide COT drives during testing for the NASCAR Nationwide Series new Car of Tomorrw at Talladega Superspeedway on November 2, 2009 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)
  • TALLADEGA, AL - NOVEMBER 02: The Dodge Challenger Nationwide COT drives during testing for the NASCAR Nationwide Series new Car of Tomorrw at Talladega Superspeedway on November 2, 2009 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)
  • TALLADEGA, AL - NOVEMBER 02: The #12 Verizon Dodge Challenger RT Nationwide COT leaves the garage during testing for the NASCAR Nationwide Series new Car of Tomorrw at Talladega Superspeedway on November 2, 2009 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)
  • TALLADEGA, AL - NOVEMBER 02: The #88 Chevrolet Impala Nationwide COT leaves the garage during testing for the NASCAR Nationwide Series new Car of Tomorrw at Talladega Superspeedway on November 2, 2009 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)
  • TALLADEGA, AL - NOVEMBER 02: The #17 Citi Ford Mustang Nationwide COT drives during testing for the NASCAR Nationwide Series new Car of Tomorrw at Talladega Superspeedway on November 2, 2009 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)
  • TALLADEGA, AL - OCTOBER 31: The #16 Conway Freight Ford is on display during the unveiling of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Car Of Tomorrow at Talladega Superspeedway on October 31, 2009 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
  • TALLADEGA, AL - OCTOBER 31: The #12 Verizon Wireless Dodge is on display during the unveiling of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Car Of Tomorrow at Talladega Superspeedway on October 31, 2009 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
  • TALLADEGA, AL - OCTOBER 31: The #29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet is on display during the unveiling of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Car Of Tomorrow at Talladega Superspeedway on October 31, 2009 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
  • TALLADEGA, AL - OCTOBER 31: A Toyota Camry is on display during the unveiling of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Car Of Tomorrow at Talladega Superspeedway on October 31, 2009 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
  • TALLADEGA, AL - OCTOBER 31: Each manufacturer displays their vehicle during the unveiling of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Car Of Tomorrow at Talladega Superspeedway on October 31, 2009 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
  • TALLADEGA, AL - OCTOBER 31: Each manufacturer displays their vehicle during unveiling of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Car Of Tomorrow at Talladega Superspeedway on October 31, 2009 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
  • TALLADEGA, AL - OCTOBER 31: Each manufacturer displays their vehicle during the unveiling of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Car Of Tomorrow at Talladega Superspeedway on October 31, 2009 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
  • TALLADEGA, AL - OCTOBER 31: Colin Braun (L), driver of the #16 Conway Freight Ford, and team owner Jack Roush (R), pose during the unveiling of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Car Of Tomorrow at Talladega Superspeedway on October 31, 2009 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR) *** Local Caption *** Colin Braun;Jack Roush
  • TALLADEGA, AL - OCTOBER 31: Justin Allgeir (C), driver of the #12 Verizon Wireless Dodge, poses with Dodge executives during the nveiling of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Car Of Tomorrow at Talladega Superspeedway on October 31, 2009 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR) *** Local Caption *** Justin Allgier
  • TALLADEGA, AL - OCTOBER 31: Team owner Richard Childress (L) and Shane Martin (R), Chevrolet Program Manager, pose next to the #29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet for the unveiling of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Car Of Tomorrow at Talladega Superspeedway on October 31, 2009 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR) *** Local Caption *** Richard Childress;Shane Martin
  • TALLADEGA, AL - OCTOBER 31: Lee White, President and General Manager of Toyota Racing Development USA, poses next to a Toyota NASCAR Nationwide Series Car Of Tomorrow at Talladega Superspeedway on October 31, 2009 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR) *** Local Caption *** Lee White

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