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Chevy to run Camaro ZL1 in Cup

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DETROIT (AP) -- Chevrolet has introduced a new car for next year's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series -- the Camaro ZL1.

The Chevy Camaro has only two Cup Series victories to its credit, both by Tiny Lund in 1971. More recently, the Camaro SS has been Chevrolet's entry in the Xfinity Series since 2013.

Chevy introduced the new race car in an outdoor ceremony in downtown Detroit on Thursday. Seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson drove the car along Jefferson Avenue before pulling in front of the Renaissance Center, headquarters of General Motors.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., who was on hand, says he believes Chevy fans will be happy with the car and he believes a lot of people had been hoping the Camaro would return to the Cup Series.

The ZL1 name originally was used in the 1960s on Chevrolet's all-aluminum racing engine. In 1969, a few dealers used Chevy's special-order system to get the engine installed in 69 Camaros.

Chevrolet now has introduced the production ZL1 as the top-of-the-line Camaro.

The new Camaro ZL1 race car replaces Chevrolet SS sedan, which is not a common sight on American roads.