Chevy Camaro Z/28 Chosen as Indy 500 Pace Car

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer
Chevrolet Racing announces Tuesday, March 25, 2014 that three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti will drive a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 to pace the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 25. ItOs the eighth time a Camaro has been the pace car, starting in 1967 Dj and the 25th time a Chevrolet has…

General Motors is once again providing the pace car for the legendary Indy 500, and this year a three-time winner of the race will be driving it.

Retired Indy Car driver and three-time Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti will pilot a 2015 Chevy Camaro Z/28 pace car at the upcoming Indy 500. This marks the eighth time a Camaro has been used as the pace car, and the 25th time that a Chevrolet has acted as pace car. Last year, a 2014 Corvette Stingray was used as the pace car.

Franchitti now serves on the Chip Ganassi Racing team in a driver development role. “It is a tremendous honor for me to be asked to drive the Pace Car for the Indianapolis 500,” said Franchitti. “Although I won’t be competing in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, this will be as close as one person can get to the action. I can’t wait until May in Indianapolis.”

The race will run on Sunday, May 25.

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  • Tony Tony on May 17, 2014

    This article uses the word "chosen". If it were really "choice" one would think that every other year, you would have a Mustang, then maybe a Challenger, then a Camaro. But no, it seems it is always GM, GM, GM, GM, GM,........................

    • Alex Kozovski Alex Kozovski on May 17, 2014

      GM pays for the sponsorship... so they're the ones choosing. They chose a Z/28, rather than a Corvette... or a Cruze.. lol