This was the one event during Champions Week this year I was REALLY looking forward to. I can’t even explain why- except that you all know that I am a fan of Chevy drivers, I drive a Chevy myself, my father drives a Chevy, I have a love of the Camaro, well I guess I am just a Chevy girl. So I was REALLY looking forward to this. I had no idea what to expect. I have been to one other car reveal in my life and that was for the Ferrari FF when I attended Ferrari Days out at Mazda Raceway At Laguna Seca (see A NASCAR Girl In A Ferrari World) a couple years ago. When I saw that as one of the possible events on the calendar for Champions Week- I signed us right up!
Up until the reveal the only sight I caught of the 2013 Chevy SS Cup car that I had seen was on the Internet in it’s camo paint:
The “camo” paint does a good job of hiding body features…so I think. I was really looking forward to the reveal where I could see the new body style up close and personal- and I was hoping it wouldn’t have the weird camo paint scheme.
The Chevy reveal was our first activity in a Thursday CHUCKED full of stuff to do. We got to the Wynn early and walked around until they opened the doors and then checked in and found seats (IN THE SECOND ROW) and waited excitedly. I was attempting to live tweet the reveal but neither Misty nor myself got ANY phone reception at all in the theater and very little in the Wynn in general. I think I was able to get this picture out and then nothing:
Because we were sitting in seats off to the side a bit we could see backstage and could see a little bit of the nose of the Chevy Cup car they were going to roll out onstage. It was painted blue and white so we were sure that our surprise NASCAR cup driver was going to be Jimmie Johnson because the car was blue and white. Then they shut the curtains all the way and we couldn’t see the car any more.
Finally the auditorium started to fill up and the presentation started with a video detailing Chevy’s history in the Sprint Cup. Fun fact for you: At the time of the reveal Chevy has 702 wins – which just happens to be the area code in Las Vegas. One has nothing to do with the other mind you- I just found it to be an interesting coincidence. After the video (which by the way would make any Chevy owner and/or any Chevy fan swell with pride) we were spoken to by both Mike Helton (president of NASCAR) and Mark Ruess (president of GM, North America). They talked about the templates and how close the cup car is going to be to the production SS. At one point they even laid the cup car silhouette over the production SS silhouette and they are nearly identical. The production Chevy SS (a 2014) will be unveiled in Daytona during the 500 weekend but will not be available at your local Chevy Dealership until fall of 2013.
FINALLY they asked the audience if they wanted to see the new car and of course there was an overwhelming response of YES and clapping (400 fans where given access to the event and had a great view from the Encore Theater balcony). We could then hear a cup car start up and out rolled that blue car we mentioned seeing part of…but it wasn’t the Lowes car as we thought- it was just a blue car with a 13 on it being driven onstage by Jeff Gordon (who was wearing a suit I might add).
Jeff spoke a little bit about the car and how it will be much more recognizable as a Chevy on track. Then we were surprised when they pulled up the backdrop and had four more of the SS’s lined up with drivers and owners flanking their cars:
There were photo ops with the drivers all lined up but I wasn’t far enough back to get EVERYONE onstage at the same time (damn me for picking close seats). We were then allowed onstage to get a better look at the cars and talk the the drivers (Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick and Jamie McMurray).
My overall thought on the new Chevy SS Sprint Cup Car- I like the looks of it. It was hard for me to “see” the 2014 production model in the car – only because I haven’t seen one yet- so that is a little hard for me to envision. It however means I look forward to seeing the production model when it is revealed in February. I can definitely see what the drivers have been stressing about how the cars will be instantly recognizable between manufacturers- which I think is a GREAT GREAT thing both for the sport AND the manufacturers (and fans too). I think it’s going to be a crazy interesting season with this new car (I think they are calling it the Gen 6 car).
Side note: All the drivers at the reveal were wearing suits and looking quite daper- probably because after the reveal they were off to the Meyer’s Brothers Luncheon. When they were all lined up onstage for the photo op-(and I really wish I could have gotten a picture of them all lined up) it was like they were kids taking a class picture at school all dressed up in their best with their hairs freshly cut. It was cute!
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