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$85,000 Update Could Impact Hendrick Motorsports’ 2024 Championship Chances Amid Big News for Chevrolet

Published 03/25/2023, 11:23 PM EDT

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Earlier this week, some bad news struck the Chevrolet NASCAR teams, chief among them being Hendrick Motorsports. As it turns out, Chevrolet is expected to discontinue production of the sixth-generation Camaro in 2024. Now, at least eight full-time Cup Series teams run the Chevy Camaro, along with three part-time teams. The car itself reportedly costs around $85000 on average, with the most expensive one sold at around $600,000.

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Of course, this spells pretty bad news for the likes of Hendrick Motorsports. According to Fox Sports journalist Bob Pockrass, Chevrolet could still field the Camaro in 2024 because that year is the last production year. Beyond that, it would be interesting to see what Chevrolet comes up with to replace the car. Later on, he issued a clarification that the Camaro is qualified to race in the Cup and Xfinity beyond 2024.


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Many fans were unhappy that things would be easier for Hendrick Motorsports

Admittedly, a lot of fans were a bit unhappy with this clarification. Most of the ire was directed toward Hendrick Motorsports, which is one of the strongest NASCAR teams. For a long time, rumors and theories have been floating in the community that the NASCAR organization has been favoring Hendrick Motorsports. A major reason for this in recent times has been concerning the Garage 56 project that will be competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year.

At the time, Hendrick Motorsports and Chevrolet drew flak, because this was a sudden move. Nobody saw it coming, least of all Toyota and Ford, who are Chevy’s competitors in the NASCAR arena.


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Coming back to the subject at hand, fans were not happy about the supposed bending of the rules for Chevrolet’s benefit. Some even admitted that it would be odd for Chevrolet to continue with the Camaro when it is no longer in production. Here are some more reactions to the update.


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Safe to say, there were plenty of jokes and suggestions about the whole matter. One suggestion was about going down the electric route and fielding the Chevy Bolt. Others had the idea of keeping the Chevy body and no specific name badge. Finally, some wondered whether the manufacturer will field a completely different model altogether.

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Written by:

Dhruv George


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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.
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Nischal Kandpal