The future of the Chevy Camaro nameplate is, at the moment, is somewhat in limbo. Previous reports indicated the muscle car was set to go out of production at the end of 2023, while more recent murmurings say it will stick around until the end of 2025. No matter what the future has in store for the Camaro, the Bow Tie says that the nameplate will continue racing in NASCAR for “as long as it exists.”
GM Authority spoke to GM’s NASCAR program director Eric Warren following the debut of the NASCAR Next Gen Chevy Camaro ZL1 this week, who provided us with a little more insight into the future of the Chevy Camaro and the brand’s participation in the NASCAR Cup Series. When asked how the future of the Camaro could affect Chevy’s NASCAR participation, Warren said there are no plans to yank the Camaro out of NASCAR in the coming years that he’s aware of and that his team is looking forward to many more years of racing the nameplate in the series.
“Now that we’re going to have the closeness between the race car and Camaro, we’re going to race it as long as Camaro exists because it’s the closest connection between the race car and production car, which is exciting for all the fans, Camaro owners and customers,” Warren told GM Authority in a video interview. “We have no plans to swap models at the moment that I’m aware of. I look forward to a long ride with this car and look forward to the success of it.”
Even if GM does follow through on its rumored plans to drop the Camaro in the near future, that doesn’t mean it would immediately pull out of NASCAR. Chevy has raced various different nameplates in NASCAR over the years, including the Impala and Monte Carlo, appears to be open to racing something else in the series depending on how things pan out.
“It could be a different nameplate,” Warren told GM Authority executive editor, Alex Luft, in a follow-up interview. “We’ve always swapped cars around, so who knows? GM offers trucks and crossovers and what will the vehicles on the road look like ten years from now? It’s really what’s the most relevant – what do the people in the stands and watching [at home] driving today, what do they want to drive, what’s the best combination of internment, loyalty and selling cars. A lot depends on how the market goes so it can all change and we’re going to sell the Camaro as long as we can.”
There’s no need for Camaro fans to panic just yet, either. The NASCAR Next Gen cars will go racing for the first time in 2022 and Warren is anticipating they’ll be around for quite some time – especially since they were designed with provisions in place to accommodate hybrid powertrains at some point. As anyone familiar with GM’s current strategy will know, electrification is hugely important to the automaker at the moment.
“The vehicle unveiled today will be around a long time, at least the concept that we went through – modularity, [provisions for] packaging electric motors and electrification and there are steps to that,” he said. “But the concept of it, I don’t see it changing.”