aimed to debut at Brickyard
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.
(Feb, 10, 1999) --- Chevrolet officials still hope to debut the
1999 Monte Carlo during the Winston Cup season and are altering their plans on its debut
Winston Cup director Gary Nelson said Monday NASCAR had not
approved the 1999 Monte Carlo and would do no further testing until after Sunday's Daytona
The delay -- Chevrolet was hoping the car would be approved
in January -- ruled out a planned debut of the model in May in time for the Coca-Cola 600
Sources said Tuesday Chevrolet has targeted a new date -- the
Aug. 7 Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis -- for the car's debut in Winston Cup. The Brickyard
400 is quickly becoming one of the most prominent races on the Winston Cup circuit.
A debut in August would allow NASCAR several more weeks to
test the car and approve the templates needed to build the new model. But it would also
mean Chevrolet teams would begin operating with a new body style with more than half the
There are risks debuting the car late in the season.
If problems develop with the new model and NASCAR must issue
rules changes after its debut -- such as what transpired in 1998 with the Ford Taurus --
the results might affect a close championship race.
The 1999 Monte Carlo has been in development for more than
six months and has undergone more than a dozen wind tunnel tests. Nelson said the model
had no one specific problem, but NASCAR was not yet comfortable with its ability to race
side-by-side with other cars.