Roger Penske and the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro will pace the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. This is the ninth time the iconic Camaro has paced the famous race and Penske’s first time at the wheel of the pace car.
“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.”
Pace car duties will fall to four Abalone White cars featuring “100th Running of the Indianapolis 500” graphics on the doors and Indianapolis Motor Speedway logos on the rear quarters.
Penske first ran the Indy 500 way back in 1969. Now as a team owner, he looks to clinch his 17th win at the famous race.
“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.”
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