Five Star's new Camaro body; conventional hood scoops are still planned
The NHRA Tech Department has approved a body design for the '12 Camaro SS for use in NHRA competition. The new Camaro bodies were developed and will be constructed by Five Star Race Car Bodies, and they are tentatively scheduled to make their debut at the Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals March 8-11.
The approval of the Camaro was the final step in the process of making the new body legal for NHRA competition. According to NHRA Tech Director Bob Blackwell, ”NHRA has an established set of standards regarding the minimum width, height, and other critical dimensions for all Pro Stock bodies, and the final version still has to retain the essential body lines and design features of the Camaro. All of these steps have been completed, and the various Pro Stock chassis builders are now taking orders from a number of the General Motors teams.”
General Motors participated in the project by sending a stock Camaro body to Five Star from which molds were made and provided the necessary wind-tunnel time.
Among those who will be fielding new Camaros this year are Greg Anderson and Jason Line from the Summit Racing Equipment-sponsored Ken Black Racing team.
“We’re very thrilled with the opportunity to race muscle cars again in Pro Stock,” said Anderson. “It goes back to what that they ran when Pro Stock first started. We’re sure that the fans will be excited as well.”
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