2013 Toyota Camry NASCAR Sprint Cup entry revealed
Although some minor tweaking will still happen between now and its official race debut at the Daytona 500 next February, the 2013 Toyota Camry has been officially unveiled at TRD's NASCAR headquarters in Salisbury, North Carolina. Like its fully revamped 2013 Ford Fusion and Dodge Charger rivals that have also been shown sans disguise, this new Sprint Cup entry looks a lot more like the standard production Camry than the spec-bodied model currently being campaigned by Toyota's NASCAR teams. Lee White, president and general manager of TRD, was unabashedly enthusiastic about the new package at the reveal. "We're extremely proud of the new Camry and the development of the car was truly a unique process. NASCAR and all four manufacturers were brought together to guide the direction of the new cars. We all worked together to put the 'S' back in NASCAR -- we all wanted race cars that look more like our stock, production models -- and together we accomplished that. Our new Camry for 2013 is a great looking race car. Everyone at Toyota is eager to have our drivers in a race car that more resembles the street Camry."
While this new Camry variant still must conform to a number of mandatory design parameters that remained locked in for the 2013 season - including common roof and deck lid panels -- there's no question that its recast front end, new side character lines and redesigned rear bumper configuration have been most effective in bringing about the desired street-style transformation. Final design approval for the 2013 Toyota Camry as well as its Ford Fusion, Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet SS Sprint Cup competitors is scheduled to take place sometime in late summer with track testing in race trim to begin shortly thereafter.