Looking fully ready to play the part, this special-edition 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible will lead the field of 33 to the green flag at the Indianapolis 500 this May 29th. Although its selection marks the twenty-second time that a Chevrolet has been chosen to handle race-pacing duties for this legendary motorsport event, the 2011 contest will have special significance as both the marque and the Indy 500 are celebrating their centennial anniversaries.
Finished in Summit White with orange accent stripes and door graphics, the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible Indianapolis 500 Pace Car's color scheme is strongly reminiscent of on used on the 1969 Camaro which also served in this capacity. That motif carries over inside as well, where orange stripes extend onto the white dash and white door panels are set off leather-trimmed seats that match black bolsters with orange inserts and feature headrests embossed with the Indy 500 logo.
Like the standard Camaro SS Convertibles that go on sale in February and 50 limited-edition Indianapolis 500 Festival Committee cars that will see civilian duty during the month of May, motivation for this race pacer comes from the standard 400-horsepower/6.2-liter V8 matched with a six-speed automatic transmission. It's also fitted with the 2SS Equipment Package that brings Brembo brakes, Stabilitrak stability control with Competitive/Sport modes, 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, a Head-up display and supplemental gauge set plus the RS Equipment Package that adds HID headlamps and custom taillight lenses.
Chevrolet and Indianapolis Motor Speedway execs made the pace car announcement in Scottsdale, Arizona, where they attended this weekend’s Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Classic auto auction. As part of the event, covered live on SPEED TV, the first of the 50 “500 Festival Committee” replicars went on the block Saturday evening. It netted $225,000, which was donated to the David Foster Foundation, a charity created by the 15-time Grammy winner to support families with children who require life-saving organ transplants.