As the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season wraps up, teams and drivers start preparing for next year and the big changes the sport has in store. All 2013 Sprint Cup cars will get a new look in an attempt to make the cars better resemble the production cars they mimic. As a part of the new design, NASCAR has also changed some of the rules for the paint scheme and decals that are placed on the cars' exteriors.

To keep the automakers happy, teams will no longer be allowed to clutter the front or rear of the cars with sponsorship stickers and logos. Since these are pretty much the only areas in which to distinguish the different makes any more, keeping them clean will make it easier to tell the models apart. Teams will be allowed to place a small logo on the front of the car and the car number on the front and rear fascias, but for the sake of visibility in night races, no decal can cover the headlights or taillights (insert laugh track). The biggest decal change for 2013 is that drivers' last names will now be on a decal across the top of the windshield.

With Dodge pulling out of NASCAR, that leaves just three automakers still involved with the series: Ford, Toyota and Chevrolet. We've already seen the new Fusion and Camry Cup cars, but we'll have to wait until November 29 to see the new Chevrolet SS racer. The newly designed Sprint Cup cars will run for the first time at the 2013 Daytona 500 in February.
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New Look Ready For "Sixth Generation" 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Car

New Car To Feature Driver's Last Name On The Windshield


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (November 17, 2012) – NASCAR today unveiled a new look for the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car, an integral and exciting step in the rollout process of the sixth generation race car.

"These changes are an extension of the unprecedented collaboration with the auto manufacturers on the 2013 car, great industry feedback and our focus on increasing fan affinity as part of NASCAR's Industry Action Plan," said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations, who introduced the new design at Homestead-Miami Speedway today.
The sixth-generation car look will debut with the opening of the 2013 Speedweeks, highlighted by the 55th running of the Daytona 500 on February 24 at Daytona International Speedway. Among the updates:

The driver's last name featured on the windshield;
-Sponsor decals will not be permitted on the headlights and taillights, two key distinguishing characteristics of the auto manufacturers' brand;

Car numbers will be moved from the lights to the front and rear bumpers;
-A single sponsor logo will be permitted on the roof under the number;

Team sponsor decals will be permitted to extend past the front edge of the b-post;
-"Step and repeat" / background patterns will be permitted on the sides of the car;
-Due to the slightly smaller car, the car number will be reduced by 10% and the contingency decals will be reduced to 26 square inches.

The new Chevrolet will be unveiled on Thursday, Nov. 29, in Las Vegas during NASCAR Champion's Week.


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      brianfl33916
      • 2 Years Ago
      Even if Ford, Chevy, and Toyota all had a rear drive car to base a race car off of, the main reason why they don't use production based cars is because of safety. Production cars are certainly capable of getting 5 star safety ratings on the street but is possible to make them safe enough for 200 mph crashes at Talladega? Thats the reason why they are built from the ground up. They are built to maximize safety for the drivers. I know it sucks. But in racing, safety always comes first.
        m_2012
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brianfl33916
        Then lets call them something other than stock cars to begin with to start. Maybe at least use the manufacturer's engine or something. A spark plug at least??
      m_2012
      • 2 Years Ago
      When they redesign the tracks and the cars are based on something production, let me know.
      JR
      • 2 Years Ago
      Drivers names...shades of IROC. Now just bring it back. More road courses,international drivers and less chase.
      gtv4rudy
      • 2 Years Ago
      The technological advancements in NASCAR rival F1 imo.
        m_2012
        • 2 Years Ago
        @gtv4rudy
        and which ones would those be? New lawn mowers are more advanced than NASCAR. Carbs, OHV engines, 4 speed manual trans, solid rear axles..yea, ok..
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Bill Burke
      • 2 Years Ago
      With Dodge not in NASCAR in 2013 there is no reason for me to watch next year. These discussions about next season is killing me, especially since Dodge has a race ready 2013 Charger ready and no teams looking to switch manufacturers. Of course this smells to high heaven. What remains to be answered by Dodge and Ralph Gilles is what happened in negotiations with Penske that torpedoed that deal and why no other teams of a first teer level could be contracted to switch to Dodge. Dodge fans deserve answers, especially those like me with nothing to do on Sunday. Something smells to high heaven.
      mrx19
      • 2 Years Ago
      With dwindling TV numbers and 70% filled tracks, many sponsors are questioning the viability of advertising here. The above illustration might might be more appropriate as: "Sponsor????"
      oneviwatara
      • 2 Years Ago
      When are they going to use DOHC engine and direct injection and port injection and 6 speed transmission?
        m_2012
        • 2 Years Ago
        @oneviwatara
        When they start racing in the rain and making right turns!
      Rental Rep
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think its an interesting addition, but I dont know how well they can be read especially if your at the track and the cars pass by at over 150mph. Looking forward to Daytons already
      Mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      So does that mean no huge M&M's all over the front facia and hood?
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      Masschine
      • 2 Years Ago
      Stock 'stock' cars haven't been stock cars since the 70's to early 80's so stop crying. The closest anyone is going to get to stock 'stock' cars today are the GT classes in sports car racing and even there there's a lot of fudging with monster wings on the rear decks. I'm sure the teams will have something to say about loosing all the paint area on the nose. The stickers on the front wheel wells are mandated by NASCAR but not mandatory. You can remove some or all but that just means you don't get contingency money from the sponsors you remove. Some major sponsors have in the past made up the difference but considering the sponsorship troubles these days I don't think to many will. Sponsor troubles like the 7th place in the overall and 2nd in the Nationwide series driver Cole Whitt is without a ride because of a lack of sponsors right now.