While the Chevrolet Camaro and Silverado have been the brand’s vehicles of choice in the Xfinity and Truck Series for years, both will receive a new look for the 2019 seasons. On Friday, Team Chevy announced new models of the two pre-existing cars will be utilised; while the Camaro will be upgraded to its 2019 showroom model, the Silverado is based on the newly-introduced Silverado RST.
“We always want to align our racing vehicles with what is available in the showroom,” Chevrolet Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports Jim Campbell stated in a press release. “The Camaro SS was updated for the 2019 model year, and Silverado RST is all new. We can’t wait to see the Camaro SS and the Silverado RST on the track next February at Daytona.”
The Camaro, newly introduced for the Monster Energy Cup Series for 2018, has been in use in the Xfinity Series since 2013, replacing the Impala. In the five years since, the Camaro SS has won 67 races and three Driver’s Championships (Austin Dillon in 2013, Chase Elliott in 2014, William Byron in 2017). Chevrolet also won the Xfinity Manufacturer’s Championships in 2014, 2015, and 2017. In 2018, Chevy has won 14 of 30 races, while Chevy drivers also comprise the top three Xfinity standings (Elliott Sadler, Daniel Hemric, Tyler Reddick).
The Silverado has been used since 1998, though it evolved along with the Truck Series and its showroom counterpart. Since, the Silverado has been to Victory Lane 231 times. However, Chevrolet’s last Truck Driver’s and Manufacturer’s titles came in 2012 with James Buescher as Toyota has dominated NASCAR’s third-tier series. In spite of this, a Chevrolet driver leads the Truck standings as Johnny Sauter is the first driver locked into the Championship Round.
The 2019 vehicles feature a different upper front fascia, fenders, hood and tail. The Silverado RST (Rally Sport Truck) was introduced for the 2019 brand year.
With the change, the 2019 Xfinity season will see two new cars. In July, Toyota announced it would be switching to the Supra for Xfinity competition.