A Camaro will once again lead the pack at the Indy 500.For the ninth time in history, a Camaro will set the pace at the Indianapolis 500, Chevrolet announced on Tuesday. The Chevrolet Camaro has been selected once again as the pace car for the 100th running of the famed Indianapolis 500, set to take place on May 29. Celebrating a milestone of its own, the Camaro at the front of the pack will be a unique 50th anniversary model of the muscle that was first introduced in 1967.
Chevy will send four identically prepared 2017 Camaro SS 50th Anniversary Editions to Indy next month. Those cars will feature an Abalone White exterior and Indy 500 graphics. With 455 horsepower on tap, Chevrolet says no modifications were needed to prepare the cars for pace car duty.
"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.
The pace car will be driven by Rodge Penske, who happens to also be celebrating his 50th year as a team owner.
The Indy pace car will preview a 50th anniversary package that will be available to consumers this summer. Set to be offered on 2LT and 2SS coupe and convertible models, the 50th Anniversary Edition package will include 20-inch wheels, satin chrome grille, body-colored front splitter, orange brake calipers, a unique black leather interior and 50th Anniversary badging. Unlike the pace cars, the 50th Anniversary Edition Camaro will only be available in Nightfall Gray Metallic.
The 2LT model will come standard with a four-cylinder turbo, with a 3.6L V6 available as an upgrade. Camaro SS models come standard with a 6.2L V8. All buyers will have the choice of a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.
Pricing for the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro 50th Anniversary Edition will be announced closer to the car's market launch.