Posted Nov 20th 2012 1:30PM
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.
News Source: NASCAR
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.