Chevrolet Camaro SS to ‘make’ pace in the 2010 Indianapolis 500

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

Chevrolet has unveiled the 2010 Camaro SS, which will be supplied to the Indianapolis 500 as a pace car. The Inferno Orange metallic muscle car marks the sixth time that a Camaro has paced the 500 since its debut in 1967. The highly anticipated event takes place at the Brickyard on May 30.

Jim Campbell, General Manager of Chevrolet, said that it has had a "great partnership with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway throughout the years' and that it is proud to have this privilege once again.

The 2010 Camaro is equipped with a stock 6.2-litre V8 engine that generates 400hp. The 2010 Camaro boasts of accessories that include an all-new front grille insert that Chevrolet plans to offer as a future Camaro accessory, 2010 Indianapolis 500 event logo badges on front fenders, amber lens tail lamps, and 2010 Indianapolis 500 event logo painted on the doors and embroidered on driver and passenger headrests.

Jeff Belskus, president and CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation, calls the 2010 Chevy Camaro SS Pace Car as "simply beautiful." He expects that the car's tribute to the race's history will be a big hit with the fans.

The Camaro already has a head-turning design and this is enhanced even further with the pace car having unique design cues. One such feature is the event logo of the 2010 Indianapolis 500 painted on the doors and a badge on its front fenders.

It has even been embroidered on the headrests of the driver and the front passenger. It carries the latest front grille insert which Chevrolet intends to offer in the future as an accessory to the Camaro. The tail lamps now have amber lenses.

The distinct designs are not limited to the exterior as the inside has the GM Accessory floor mats with the orange and red accent stitching. It has a safety strobe light system that comes with the custom light bar in its rear window.

There is no rooftop light bar though. This new Camaro is powered by a V-6 engine and has an EPA-estimated highway rating of 29 mpg. With a price starting at around $23,000, this Camaro is budget-friendly but does not forgo performance.

Even with the current economic downturn, the Camaro has managed to take the lead over its closest competitor in terms of sales over the last six months. Chevrolet has been able to sell Camaros in excess of 6,000 units for each of the months.

Everyone will be able to get the chance to see the 2010 Chevy Camaro SS Indianapolis 500 pace car for the first time as it makes its official debut during the Indianapolis Auto Show which starts on December 26. Chevrolet has been one of the most well-known and best-selling brands in the U.S.

The brand is also considered as one of the world’s fastest growing automakers. The company offers fuel solutions from "gas-friendly to gas-free." In addition to having two hybrid models, Chevrolet also offers nine models, all of which carry an EPA-estimated rating of at 30 miles per gallon on the highway.

It is estimated that Chevrolet has sold more than 2.5 million units of its cars powered by E85 biofuel. To know more, visit the brand’s website at www.chevrolet.com

Press Release

Chevrolet Camaro SS to pace 2010 Indianapolis 500

Officials from Chevrolet and Indianapolis Motor Speedway unveiled the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS Indianapolis 500 pace car at the Speedway’s Hall of Fame Museum today.

“We’ve enjoyed a great partnership with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway throughout the years, and are proud to once again have the privilege of pacing the Indianapolis 500 in a Camaro,” said Jim Campbell, General Manager, Chevrolet.

The 2010 Chevy Camaro Indianapolis 500 pace car is a 21st century sports car that looks to the future with a nod to both the car’s and the race’s heritage. The first year for Camaro to pace the Indianapolis 500 was in 1967, the year the Camaro made its debut. Camaro has since paced the race in 1969, 1982, 1993 and 2009.

This year’s pace car features an Inferno Orange Metallic paint scheme with White Diamond rally stripes that travel from the front to the rear over the top of the body, as well as extending to the instrument panel. The design is a modern interpretation of the original rally stripe that debuted on the 1969 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car.

“Chevrolet has done it again with the 2010 Chevy Camaro SS Pace Car, it is simply beautiful,” said Jeff Belskus, president and CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation. “The car’s tribute to ‘500’ history and its sports car feel will be a big hit with our fans, and it will look great leading the Indianapolis 500 field on Race Day.”

This year’s pace car is equipped with a stock 400 hp 6.2L V-8, an RS appearance package and leather interior with Inferno Orange interior accents. The pace car also features unique design cues that further enhance the Camaro’s head-turning design. Features unique to the pace car include:

  • 2010 Indianapolis 500 event logo painted on doors and embroidered on driver and passenger headrests
  • 2010 Indianapolis 500 event logo badges on front fenders
  • All-new front grille insert that Chevrolet plans to offer as a future Camaro accessory
  • Amber lens tail lamps
  • Complete safety strobe light system with custom interior light bar in the rear window (no rooftop light bar)
  • All-new GM Accessory floor mats with red and orange accent stitching
  • Starting at approximately $23,000, and offering an EPA-estimated 29 highway mpg on the V-6-powered car, the all-new Camaro is a budget-friendly sports car that doesn’t sacrifice on performance. Despite the recent economic challenges, the Camaro has overtaken its closest competitor to lead the regular sports car segment in sales for the last six months. Chevrolet sold more than 6,000 Camaros in each of these months.

The public will get their first look at the 2010 Chevy Camaro SS Indianapolis 500 pace car when it makes its auto show debut at the Indianapolis Auto Show starting on Dec. 26.

Chevrolet is one of America's best-known and best-selling automotive brands, and one of the fastest-growing brands in the world. With fuel solutions that range from "gas-friendly to gas-free," Chevrolet has nine models that offer an EPA-estimated 30 miles per gallon or more on the highway, and offers two hybrid models. More than 2.5 million Chevrolets that run on E85 biofuel have been sold. More information can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

 

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