Roger Penske Will Drive Indy 500 Camaro SS Pace Car

It will be anniversary central at this year’s Indy 500.

This year marks the 100th running of the legendary race as well as the 50th anniversary of the Chevrolet Camaro. In honor of the occasion, a Chevy Camaro will once again pace the race and this time racing legend Roger Penske will be at the wheel.

This will be the ninth time that the Camaro has paced the Indy 500. But this time it’s special. The sportster pacing the race is a unique version of the new 2017 Camaro SS 50th Anniversary Edition.

“Chevrolet and the Indianapolis 500 have a long, storied history and it’s an honor to mark the respective milestones of the Indy 500 race and the Camaro simultaneously,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president of Global Product Development and Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. “It’s also a privilege to have Roger Penske perform the driving duties, as his team has helped Chevrolet earn four consecutive IndyCar manufacturer titles since 2012.”

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Four identical pace Camaro’s will serve in the race. Each model features anniversary 20-inch wheels, orange brake calipers, a special grille with satin chrome accents, body color front splitter, and red and black striping. The interior features orange and black upholstery. The instrument panel, seatbacks, steering wheel, and illuminated sill plates all feature 50th Anniversary labeling.

“Chevrolet and Roger Penske are inextricably linked to the heritage of the Indianapolis 500,” said J. Douglas Boles, president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “When he leads the pack on May 29, behind the wheel of the Camaro SS, he will drive the race into its next 100 years and strengthen the bond Chevrolet and Indianapolis forged a century ago.”

The 50th Anniversary model goes on sale this summer as both a 2SS and 2 LT coupe and convertible. A LT1 6.2-liter V8 engine sits under the hood, making it the most powerful Camaro SS ever with 455-horsepower. It’s so powerful that Chevy didn’t have to make any changes to get it Indy ready. 

If you want less power, the 2LT option comes standard with a 2.0-liter Turbo engine with 275-horsepower. It also offers a 3.6-liter V6 with 335-horsepower. All engines offer the choice of 6-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.

Photo Credit: Chevrolet
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