Saturday’s season finale at Homestead-Miami also will be the last race for the current car in the
NASCAR Nationwide Series. In 2011, the new car will be integrated fulltime, starting with the Feb. 19 season-opening DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway.
The new car received rave reviews in its four rollout races earlier this year. Two new models have been introduced – the Dodge Challenger and the Ford Mustang – while the Chevrolet Impala and Toyota
Camry have sportier new looks. The new car is designed to enhance safety and the already-close competition the series is known for, and look more like those fans can purchase straight off the showroom floor.
Two-time series champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the historic first new car race at Daytona on July 2 in an Impala. Brad Keselowski put the Challenger in Victory Lane at Michigan International Speedway and again at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the last race for the new car before its full introduction. In between,another two-time series champion, Kevin Harvick (No. 33 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet) won in his own KHI equipment at Richmond International Raceway.