What Does the Chevrolet Camaro Discontinuation in 2024 Mean for NASCAR?

Published 12/28/2021, 1:29 AM EST

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Earlier this year, reports emerged that Chevrolet will soon stop the production of its iconic Camaro by 2023/2024. This is because there has been a gradual shift towards electric power instead of fossil fuel. Of course, one has to wonder what this means for Chevrolet’s involvement in NASCAR. After all, the sport has just entered the era of the Next Gen car with the Camaro.

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Obviously, the manufacturer will still want to stick around in the NASCAR arena. However, the big question is, which model will be used as the Camaro’s successor? Will the manufacturer have to start from scratch when 2024 rolls by? All of their data has come from the Camaro, so will the company be pushed back compared to Ford and Toyota?

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As it turns out, it could be very likely that Chevrolet could follow the likes of Ford and Dodge down the electric route. According to some reports, the Camaro has been experiencing a significant drop in sales; Chevrolet could only manage a paltry 2,700+ units during that timeframe. To put it in perspective, during the second quarter of 2021, Dodge sold 15,000+ units of its Challenger, Ford sold 14,600+ units of the Mustang.

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In fact, there were plans for a seventh generation, but now things have changed and the sixth generation could be the last. Admittedly, this is still a good two years away; but it raises the question about the car that will succeed the Camaro.

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Prior to the Camaro, it was the Chevy Impala and the Impala SS. Unfortunately, there is little chance of them returning to the fray. A couple of options could be the Chevrolet Malibu or the Monza, if they still want to stick to the fossil fuel route. However, if NASCAR ever decides to explore the electric avenue, the manufacturer will have to build a new car.

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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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