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2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is the official Pace Car for the 2018 Indianapolis 500

Has there ever been an Indy pace car that’s better than the Corvette ZR1 pace car, with 755 horsepower (563 kilowatts)? The answer is a resounding no. As the 102nd Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway comes closer, Chevy decided to unleash its new Corvette ZR1 Pace Car. It is dressed in a dark blue finish, has a massive rear wing, and is accented with red accents, together with an appropriate door-mounted livery.

The newly revealed ZR1 Corvette is going to be the 15th Corvette that will take on the legendary race. This will also be the 29th time a Chevy product will be leading a pack since 1911 with the Indy 500’s Inception. If you were not born yet back then, it was actually the 1948 Fleetmaster Six convertible that was Chevy’s very first vehicle to take on the track, while the very first Corvette pace car was a 1978 C3 Corvette, which had Jim Rathmann as the driver.

J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president, said that Chevrolet and IMS have one of the longest running and strongest bonds in motorsports. After all those years of seeing Corvettes on the Indianapolis 500, Boles is confident to say that this is a reminder of the rich history of this great relationship.

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Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport is selected as pace car for upcoming 2017 Indianapolis 500

Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport is a one of a kind sports car; it actually does look like the Z06 minus the 190 hp. And while we’d all wish that we can park this Corvette in our garage, it has more exciting things to do first. The Corvette Grand Sport was chosen to serve as the pace car for the upcoming 2017 Indianapolis 500, the 101st run of this legendary race.

The Chevrolet Corvette will once again grace the Brickyard as the official pace car after a year off. Its track-ready Grand Sport variant will be the on the front of this year's race scheduled on May 28. The Vette's Grand Sport pace car is painted with a white finish, and a blue strip runs from the front hood to the rear of the car. Red strips are also found on the front fenders and side sills.

Furthermore, the iconic Indy 500 logo is placed on the sport car's doors. The alternative carbon fiber aero set will give the 'Vette a more aggressive look. The American company further disclosed that the sports car is fitted with performance equipment that will aid the pace car when lapping the track. The coupe is also fitted with 6.2L V8 engine that produces around 460 hP (343 kW) and 465 lb-ft (630 Newton-meters) of torque.

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2017 Camaro SS 50th Anniversary Edition will be the pace car at 100th Indianapolis 500

A distinct example of the 2017 Camaro SS 50th Anniversary Edition will be the pace car at the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. This version of the 2017 Camaro SS 50th Anniversary Edition will be driven by motorsports legend Roger Penske, who is incidentally celebrating his 50th year as a race team owner.

This will be the ninth time Camaro was tapped as the pace car, while it’s the 27th time for Chevrolet – since 1948 – to serve the role. Chevrolet is also preparing four identical pace cars to support the Indianapolis 500. All these pace cars are wrapped in Abalone White exterior color, featuring "100th Running of the Indianapolis 500" graphics on the doors and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway wing-and-wheel logo on the quarter panels.

These pace cars also feature exterior cues and graphics that could be found in the Camaro 50th Anniversary package that will be available starting this summer. All these Camaro pace cars are powered by a 455-hp engine, which means they need no performance modifications to serve their roles. Mark Reuss, executive vice president of Global Product Development and Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, remarked that Chevrolet and the Indianapolis 500 share a long, storied history, adding that it is a privilege to celebrate the milestones of the Indy 500 race and the Camaro.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT debuts as pace car for Sprint Cup Series

The 2015 Ford Mustang had its pace car debut at Michigan International Speedway for the Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on June 15. A Mustang GT Race Red fastback was driven by Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas. It was powered by a 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine and built in nearby Flat Rock, Michigan.

The 2015 Ford Mustang still features the long hood and short rear deck-lid proportions of its predecessors and their low, wide stance. Nonetheless, the 2015 Ford Mustang boasts of styling befitting of its coming of age this century – a result of state-of-the-art engineering and technology.

Chantel Lenard, director for US Marketing at Ford remarked that the carmaker was “very proud” to have the 2015 Mustang GT as the pace car for the Quicken Loans 400. He said that to have Mustang leading some of the world’s best drivers to the green flag at the race is special.

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The last weekend was a bad one for General Motors and Chevrolet as during the NASCAR race in Daytona Beach, Florida, the Chevrolet SS pace car caught fire. The vehicle was filled with smoke and the diver Brett Bodine was forced to stop the pace car. The good news is that nobody was hurt and the Chevrolet SS was replaced by another car.

Looking at the video, you will see a small flame at the rear of the car, meaning that it might be something related to the electric part. For those who don’t know, the Chevrolet SS is powered by a 6.2-liter LS3 V8 engine that generates 415 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque. The engine delivers the power to the rear wheels and can push the SS from naught to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 5.0 seconds.

The Chevrolet SS uses a sport tuned chassis and comes as standard with Brembo brakes that feature ventilated, 355-mm rotors and two-piece, four-piston front calipers, hidden behind the 19-inch front wheels (20-inch on the rear) wrapped in high-performance Bridgestone tires.

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The all-new Range Rover Sport will serve as the official Pace Car for the 91st Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, United States. As the pace car, the all-new Range Rover Sport will revisit the 12.4-mile course where it set its own record earlier this month as the fastest hill-climb for a production-standard Sport Utility Vehicle.

The Range Rover Sport also broke the long-standing record for any type of production-standard vehicle up the Pikes Peak’s snake-like course.

The SUV managed to complete the 12.42-mile, 156-corner course, which starts from 9,390 feet (2,860m) above sea level to 14,110 feet (4,300m),  in just 12 minutes 35.61 seconds for an average speed of 59.17 mph (95.23 kph). The record-breaking Range Rover Sport was powered by a 510-PS 5.0-liter supercharged petrol V8 engine.

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The Pace Car for the upcoming Indianapolis 500 on May 6, 2013, will be no other than the seventh-generation 2014 Corvette Stingray. The new Stingray will lead the field to green at the start 97th holding of what is considered as “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This will be the 12th time that Corvette has served as the Pace Car for the event, starting in 1978.

Jim Campbell, GM vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, remarked that it is an honor to help inaugurate the all-new Corvette Stingray at the “hallowed Brickyard” and continue the legacy between Chevrolet and the Indianapolis 500.

He noted that since the performance of the 2014 Corvette Stingray was influenced by racing, assigning it as the Pace Car at the Indianapolis 500 is even more fitting. Campbell remarked that along with Chevrolet’s comeback in 2012 as an engine supplier, the Corvette Stingray Pace Car extends a legacy at the Brickyard that dates to its early days.

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After all the speculations, the new Chevrolet SS sedan turned out to be nearly identical to Holden’s next-generation VF Commodore after all. The Chevrolet SS had its official unveiling only a few days after the next-generation VF Commodore was presented. Very few minor details distinguish the two models.

The introduction of the Sprint Cup car took place before the production model was unveiled. In addition, Danica Patrick held the pole position and drove a Chevrolet SS for the Daytona 500. In yet another SS-related event, GM North America chief Mark Reuss was named as the honorary pace car driver for the 2013 Daytona 500.

2014 Chevrolet SS is the first rear-drive, V-8-powered performance sedan for the brand since it stopped offering the 1996 Impala SS. The vehicle is a non-consecutive successor of the performance tradition that began with the Pontiac G8 GXP, which was powered by the 415-hp 6.2-liter LS3 V-8 that was used on the SS.

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Don’t be surprised when you see a 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 serve as the pace car at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 27. The Corvette ZR1, with an output of 638hp, will lead the starting field of the 96th Indianapolis 500 where it makes history as the most powerful production car ever to be a pace car at this race.

This is the 11th time that a Corvette is the Pace Car. It’s also the 23rd time for a Chevrolet to be a pace car at what’s regarded as "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing." These are both considered as event records. What makes this event even more noteworthy is that the 2013 model year of the Corvette is the 60th anniversary of the model as well as its last year of production.

The amazing performance of the ZR1 comes from a supercharged, 6.2-liter LS9 engine that produces 638hp. When it comes to the use of carbon fiber, Chevrolet is the leader among all mass-production automakers. Chevrolet uses this lightweight material for structural components such as front fenders, hood, roof, front splitter, rocker panels and floor pans.

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Ford is getting two of its 2012 Focus Electric vehicles ready for their duty as pace cars for the Capital City 400, a NASCAR Sprint Cup event, at Richmond International Raceway. The two 2012 Focus Electric pace cars, the first in the history of NASCAR, were unveiled in a public ceremony held at Virginia State Capitol by officials for Ford, NASCAR and the state of Virginia. 

Doing the honors were Eric Kuehn, chief nameplate engineer, Ford Global Electrified Programs; Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, and Mike Lynch, NASCAR's managing director of Green Innovation. After the unveiling ceremony, Bolling and Kuehn rode in one pace car while Lynch was in the other.

Together, they cruised to Richmond International Raceway, where they turned over the pace cars to Dennis Bickmeier, president of RIR. Kuehn said that Focus Electric’s participation in the Capital City 400 as a pace car will be a special moment for NASCAR fans, Virginians and for Ford. Bolling, meanwhile, remarked that Focus Electric’s role as pace car for NASCAR is proof that it is possible to combine performance and fuel-efficiency.

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World is changing everyday and we see this also in the automotive industry. The latest proof: an electric NASCAR pace car. That’s right folks, the Ford Focus will be the first all-electric pace car in the NASCAR to ever lead the field for a Sprint Cup Series race at the Richmond 400.

It appears that Ford is the only manufacturer that wants to make some groundbreaking moments in NASCAR as the American manufacturer was the first car marker to compete with a four-door sedan as its flagship model in 1998 but also first to use a hybrid to start a NASCAR event with the Fusion Hybrid back in 2008 at the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Back in January, Ford became the first manufacturer to show off its 2013 NASCAR race car when it unveiled the new 2013 Fusion racer. Regarding the Ford Focus Electric, this is America’s most fuel-efficient five-seat car that offers the equivalent of 110 miles per gallon (MPGe) city, 99 MPGe highway and operates on battery-generated power. The Focus Electric was rated by EPA at 105 MPGe combined, while its main rival – the Nissan Leaf – is rated at 105 MPGe combined.

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On top of the successful Forte Koup motorsports program of Kia, the renowned Soul has also been the official Safety Car of the United States Touring Car Championship (USTCC) since March 2010. The company will make a comeback on the track with the USTCC in 2012 with the fuel-efficient and stylish Optima Hybrid, replacing the Soul at the front of the pack.

The USTCC Safety Car will lead the racing field during warm-up and caution flag laps to make sure that the start and restarts of each race are safe. With a combined horsepower of 206 from the electric and gasoline engine, the Optima Hybrid has plenty of power.

However, the crew at GoGoGear.com has provided a few more performance enhancements such as the Magnaflow exhaust system, a free-flow air intake system, rear wing and front splitter, coil-over suspension kit to reduce the ride height, lightweight wheels and performance tires that will adhere to the racing surface better.

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The all-new 2012 Toyota Camry Pace Car will be on display at the 2011 SEMA Show Toyota exhibit. On February 26, this vehicle is expected to lead the field for the beginning of the 54th running of the Daytona 500. This marks the first time that the pace car for the “Great American Race” is not from any of Detroit’s big automakers (GM, Ford or Chrysler nameplate).

There will be a press conference at the SEMA Show in the Toyota exhibit on Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time where David Reutimann, Camry Sprint Cup Driver for Michael Waltrip Racing, will be around for a chat about the Camry Pace Car.

The Camry Pace Car is based on the all-new 2012 Camry SE and is now powered by a strong 268hp V6 under the hood. It comes with Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymetric tires covered with BBS RS 8.5 x 19 wheels, TRD custom stainless steel exhaust, a StopTech Big Brake Kit, and Tein adjustable suspension.

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At the Michigan International Speedway this weekend, Ford’s all-new Focus will be the NASCAR pace car. Ford is hoping that the Focus will get a boost, similar to what this exposure did for the Fiesta. Mark Fields, Ford’s president of The Americas, will be the “celebrity” driver for this new Focus pace car.

What Ford expects to prove is that the 2012 Focus will have more than sufficient petrol to accomplish its job. Ford is exploiting the fact that NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers often point to fuel mileage as a problem. On the highway, the Focus offers an EPA-certified 40 miles per gallon.

What we’ll expect to see at NASCAR is that the Sprint Cup drivers will have to pit five or six times in the 400-mile race but the 2012 Focus could go farther and will push 497 miles (or 248 laps at Michigan International Speedway) before having to pit.

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On March 24, Honda’s FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will serve as the official pace car for the 2011 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in Florida at the Festival of States Parade. In the U.S., there are about 50 select consumers who are driving around Honda FCX Clarity vehicles. It’s not the first time for an FCX to serve as a pace car though. It had already been one at the 2008 Indy Japan race at the Twin Ring Motegi course.

But now, the FCX will be a pace car at the Izod IndyCar grand prix as well as other events scheduled in that weekend, including the Firestone Indy Lights races, Acura Sports Car Challenge, and the Festival of States Parade. Of course, the FCX Clarity isn’t expected to perform on the same level as the other IndyCar pace cars, such as the Chevrolet Camaro that will work the Indianapolis 500 in May.

But the hydrogen-fueled, electric-powered sedan can certainly offer an excellent low-end torque (the result of using an electric motor for propulsion) and brisk acceleration. For this pace car assignment, it seems like the only changes are the paint job and strobe lighting so it’s likely that the FCX will perform typically.

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At last week’s Barrett-Jackson’s Westworld Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, General Motors unveiled a new Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible Indianapolis Pace Car. The first of the 50 cars to be produced was successfully auctioned off, with the proceeds to be given to the David Foster Foundation that supports families with children who need an organ transplant.

Most of the other charity cars also fetched good prices at Barrett-Jackson. Bidding topped out at $225,000 for the Camaro, but this is not a bad price at all.

The winner of the auction will get the car at the track on Memorial Day weekend and the winner will have a chance to drive it during the parade lap of the race. This convertible may not be an actual pace car but the winning bidder will definitely take pride at having been given this opportunity.

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The BMW 1 Series M Coupe will be a pace car alongside an M3 at the 49th edition of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, set to take place on Jan. 28-30. The coupe, which was launched only a few weeks ago, goes on sale in May.

Dan Creed, Vice President of Marketing for BMW of North America, said that fans will get to see the M coupe from the front of the Rolex 24 field.

He claims that BMW M is synonymous with motorsport and that it’s perfect that the new 1 Series M Coupe was picked out as pace car especially since there are six BMW-powered entries in this year's field and it is the 35th anniversary of its overall win.

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GM revealed today a special-edition Chevrolet Camaro Convertible, which will be the official pace car of the 2011 Indianapolis 500. Limited to just 50 units, the first car of this edition will be sold at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale classic auto auction. Moreover, GM will donate full proceeds of the auction to the David Foster Foundation, a charity that supports families with children in need of life-saving organ transplants.

Regarding the new car, this will feature a design inspired by the 1969 Camaro Indy pace car, known as one of the most popular Camaros in the collector world.

Under the hood, you will find an impressive V8 engine delivering 400-horsepower (298 kW) and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. All 50 of the Festival Committees cars will be SS convertible models and will feature the 2SS equipment package.

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If you’re a fan of the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge, be sure to watch out for the limited-edition special car from Hurst Performance. The BF Goodrich/Hurst 2010 Mustang Pace Car is based on a 2010 Ford Mustang Convertible.

It gets a custom Hurst supercharger that raises output to 435 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque, 20-inch polished forged aluminum wheels with gold-painted center spokes, and BF Goodrich’s g-Force KDW tires.

Eibach provided a special handling package that improves the power and grip. Included in this package are Hurst-tuned coil-over dampers and upgraded anti-roll bars. If you notice a brawny engine note, that’s due to a Magnaflow custom exhaust.

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Given the privileges to serve as the official pace cars for this year’s Ford 400 competition are the new 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid and the new 2010 Fusion Sport. To serve as the pace car at the start of the race – leading the field – is the Fusion Hybrid. Meanwhile, the pace car for the remainder of the race is the new 263-hp Ford Fusion Sport.

Having the Fusion Hybrid as the pace car in Ford 400 marks a new milestone, since this will be the first time in NASCAR history that a hybrid vehicle is the pace car in the Sprint Cup Series. The Ford 400 is the third and final race of Ford Championship Weekend.

According to Mark Fields, Ford’s president of The Americas, the new Ford Fusion raised the stake in the mid-size sedan segment by offering outstanding fuel economy and fun-to-drive factor. He quipped that the new Fusion Hybrid serving as pace car for the Ford 400 demonstrates what their customers want -- fuel economy and fun – adding that the race will provide a peek of the capability of the hybrid model.

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