he new Nationwide Series car will be raced for the first time next year at Daytona, NASCAR officials announced Friday.
The new car will be raced in four championship races during the 2010 season beginning with the second race of the year at Daytona International Speedway on July 2, followed by another outing on August 14 at Michigan International Speedway. The car will then run on September 10 at Richmond International Raceway and later at Lowe's Motor Speedway on October 15, which means that it will be evaluated at a superspeedway, two intermediate tracks and a short one. During the 2011 season, the car is expected to run the whole schedule.
"There was a lot of good dialogue shared with the teams during that meeting," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR's vice president of competition. "We've taken the time to review the information that was shared in the meeting and develop a schedule that we believe will provide the teams with the best possible opportunity to prepare for the roll-out of the new car. This four-race schedule gives the teams experience on a wide variety of ovals, in addition to a superspeedway."
The new Nationwide Series car is similar to the current Sprint Cup Series car, although it doesn't use a rear wing and runs a conventional front suspension instead of the bump-stops.
Ford is set to run the Mustang as the new model of car in the second-tier series, while Dodge should run the Challenger. Toyota is expected to run the Camry, while Chevy will race the Impala.