According to Chevrolet, the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will kick off without an Impala on the starting grid. That's news itself, considering how intertwined the Impala is with Chevy's NASCAR presence, earning 70 wins since 2007.

Even more intriguing, though, is that Chevy says it "will be racing a vehicle based on a new nameplate to the brand's lineup." That means the 2013 racer won't be a Malibu or Cruze. Whatever it may be, Chevrolet says that both the race version and the production version will be debuted "in the coming year."

As far as speculation goes, it's hard not to point a finger in the direction of the Chevrolet Caprice, which is currently available in the United States for police duty only. Will everyday consumers finally get another crack at a high-performance rear-wheel-drive Chevy sports sedan? If so, what will it be called, and will it wear the coveted SS nomenclature?

We have no idea. What we do know, however, is that Jim Campbell, vice president of Chevrolet Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, says the automaker is testing camouflaged vehicles and that the production version will be "just like" the race car. We'll just have to wait and see about that... In the meantime, see the complete press release below.
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New Chevrolet Racecar to Debut for 2013 Season
2012-03-13

DETROIT – The countdown to the debut of Chevrolet's next NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racecar is underway. Chevrolet announced today that for the 2013 season, Team Chevy will be racing a vehicle based on a new nameplate to the brand's lineup.

Taking advantage of the new NASCAR rules, which allow manufacturers to display more of their brand identity in their racecars, the new Chevrolet racecar will closely resemble the production version. Both cars will be unveiled in the coming year.

"We are keeping the wraps on the new car for now and will continue to prepare for next season by testing camouflaged vehicles," said Jim Campbell, vice president, Chevrolet Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. "We know that Chevrolet fans are eager to see the new racecar and we hope that the prospect of being able to own one just like it will make the wait a little more bearable."

The current Chevrolet racecar, the Impala, took three out of top five spots at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday including the win by Tony Stewart. Since 2007, the Impala has dominated the series, taking the checkered flag 79 times. Chevrolet drivers have also won five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Manufacturers' Championships, and Jimmie Johnson (4) and Tony Stewart (1) have collected five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver's championships in the Impala.

"The Impala has been a critical part of Chevrolet's success in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and we are confident the new racecar will allow us to remain the most successful name in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history," Campbell said.

A legacy of racing competition runs deep in Chevrolet's 100-year history, dating to co-founder Louis Chevrolet's passion for racing automobiles. Chevrolet has won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Manufacturers' Championship 35 times. Chevrolet Corvette Racing has taken seven class trophies at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. A Chevrolet-branded V-8 racing engine won the Indianapolis 500 seven times between 1988 and 2002.

As Chevrolet continues to define itself as a 21st Century global automotive leader, motorsports remain integral to the plan. The racing version of the Chevrolet Cruze, which since its 2009 debut has become the bowtie brand's best-selling car globally, claimed the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) Cup in 2010 and 2011, and is the first ever General Motors-branded vehicle to win such honors in a FIA-organized series.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com


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      Nick B
      • 2 Years Ago
      As an owner of a 2009 Pontiac G8 GT I can only hope this new Chevy is based off the same platform (the updated one)and gets it right with RWD, a big V8 and a nice suspension set up. The G8 is a fantastic car and I think one of the reasons it was relatively overlooked by the public was the Pontiac logo on the front. You screwed up on the Regal GS GM, dont do the same with this car.
        yargnits
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nick B
        I think the only thing they'll change is the wheelbase. All the Holdens over there look the same with different names. I think the G8 was based of what they call the SV6. The larger Commodore or Statesman would name a great full size car for Chevy.
        Sal Libonati
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nick B
        As another G8 owner, we can only hope for something that will be able to replace it down the road.
      barkeep
      • 2 Years Ago
      If they do bring back the Caprice for us regular civilian folk that is based off the coveted Holden Commodore (in which the beloved Pontiac G8 was based off of), then I'm so into going forward with this! A high performance rear-wheel drive V8 sport sedan is what GM needs for North America again, and right now.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bringing the Caprice in as a performance is a no brainer. The Pontiac G8 was a very popular car and this is the cloan. Maybe a different name? My dad had two Caprices. Terrible for getting girls to look, but once I had a girlfriend, great car for making out.
        Joe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Drakkon
        Haha as the owner of a Honda Pilot I can say amen to this, nothing makes a car better for that than lots of space.. Me mum would kill me considering it was her best friends niece but ah what the ****;)
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Kai F. Lahmann
      • 2 Years Ago
      So in other word's "we'll rename the Impala"... And I guess, I have an idea: Why not sell this 5m-Sedan as "Commodore" globally? The name has a very good reputation as a Holden in Australia, in Europe it's still known as "the luxury Opel" and US fleed customers just want "Chevy" ;)
        Eric G
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kai F. Lahmann
        They need to bring the Pontiac G8 over to Chevy. They can keep the Commodore name too since they are the same car. The G8 is one of the few good Pontiac's left before they closed shop.
          Christopher W H
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Eric G
          the reason the Pontiac G8 model was dropped is because the car was imported into USA and made in Australia. And when GM hit hard times. They could not be seen selling cars from Australia in the USA at the expense of the jobs and utilities of US made GM cars
      Dani
      • 2 Years Ago
      Very hard to understand how and why GM is doing this. The commo is getting a major mid-life update soonish
        Dark Gnat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dani
        GM may have simply been waiting for the refreshed Commodore to offer the Zeta Sedan in NA. Why base a new car off an old design? Granted, I really like that design.
      natron3030
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm hoping it's built on the same platform as the new Cadillac ATS. Now that would be the start of something good.
        Slizzo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @natron3030
        It won't be if it's coming from Holden. They have facilities set up to manufacture Zeta based vehicles.
      Peter
      • 2 Years Ago
      sweeeeet bring back the hood emblems!!!
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      A new Belair.
        CJ Irwin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        thats wat we need, and the nomad and nova
      EJD1984
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm now thinking that the car will be a new civilian Caprice, base V6 and SS models. Based on the refreshed Holden Commodore VF http://www.gminsidenews.com/forums/f67/zeta-update-three-holden-products-north-america-101692/ GMI: Zeta Update: Three Holden Products For North America? "In other Zeta news, GMI has also been able to confirm that the Caprice patrol vehicle is expected to have a second generation on the North American market starting in 2014 model year as well." Plus, it would be a case of great cross marketing between the PPV & civilian models, and the most cost effective.
        yargnits
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EJD1984
        This has me questioning if it's going to be the Caprice going to NASCAR in 2013. The car/nameplate on the track is suppose to have a showroom car version. The platform is being updated for 2014. Why would Chevy go through the expense for a 1 year production run unless they bring over the exact same car that's in the middle-east. Just enough to meet the NASCAR rules (i.e. the Laguna S-3 and fastback Monte). Even so, would they do the development for a single racing year? If they're truly a new nameplate going to NASCAR my guess would be that they'll be allowed to run a 2014 body of the Caprice -or- they're planning a name change for the new Impala. Chevy has proven in the past they're pretty stupid when it comes to naming cars. i.e. The Berlinetta was a 2 door version of the Corsica but then they used Lumina for a coupe, sedan AND a vacuum cleaner shaped van.
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        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        I need to get a life? I'm sorry, but who's the one who has made multiple accounts just to troll the hell out of AutoBlog? Oh, that's right. That would be you aka vwfailsagain.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
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          Elmo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Ah ok, I know who Wrangler Unlimited is now... M aka ___|____ aka invisibleblog aka Herman Either that, or it's Fried_Troll under yet another name. Both of them accused other people of using multiple accounts, when it was them who were guilty of it.
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        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        I agree to a point. The two are only connected from a marketing standpoint.
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        This isn't a diversion... You're singling out NASCAR because they don't run cars that have a lot in common with their production counterparts. You never once realized that NASCAR IS NOT the only motorsport in the world that does this. DTM and Aussie V8s run tubed chassis cars with engines that aren't related to their production counterparts. NHRA Pro STOCK currently has 3 manufacturers running in the class. Ford, Pontiac (soon to be changed to Chevy next year), and Dodge. Pontiac runs the G6 (2013 will be seeing the Camaro returning to the Pro Stock class), while Dodge runs the Avenger. Mind showing me V8 powered RWD production G6s, Cobalts, and Avengers? The only manufacturer that does it right is Ford, with the Mustang.
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          @Elmo
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          Dark Gnat
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          No one else is complaining. In fact I would say you are trolling, and are obviously trying to start a flame war with Elmo. Get over it an stop being so damned sensitive.
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        You're an idiot...
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          @Elmo
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          @Elmo
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          @Elmo
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          @Elmo
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        EJD1984
        • 2 Years Ago
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stock_car_racing#Stock_cars
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        Just keep the downvotes coming M, I mean ___|___, I mean invisibleblog, I mean Herman...
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