Are Pony Cars Destined for NASCAR?
Ever since the Detroit 3 launched reincarnations of their pony cars, we’ve longed to see the cars take to the racetrack. Although we’re still a long ways out from seeing the Trans-Am series revived, rumor has it some retro-styled muscle may be destined for NASCAR.
According to Fox Sports, should NASCAR’s Nationwide Series adopt a specification similar to the Sprint Cup’s Car of Tomorrow (COT), vehicles used could include pony cars like the Dodge Challenger, Ford Mustang or Chevrolet Camaro. Better yet, officials also suggested that the new specification, due next year, would allow manufacturers to field cars that actually resemble their stock counterparts.
Although vehicles entered in most forms of “stock car” racing rarely resemble their original form, NASCAR has drawn plenty of heat regarding the Sprint Cup’s COT specifications, which look increasingly alien. We’d argue that any semblance of identity was lost around 2000, when officials began promoting “aero-matching” bodies, forcing teams to mostly rely on stickers and graphics to differentiate makes and models.
Fox Sports suggests we’re most likely to see the Challenger and Mustang take to the Nationwide Series, as GM’s future NASCAR involvement is currently in question. Still, we’d love to see a Camaro—perhaps even done up in the old Penske-Donohue blue-and-yellow scheme—fight its way through a competitive series once again…
Source: Fox Sports