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2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 to pace the Indy 500

By Bob Nagy on March 26, 2014 3:09 PM
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The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 has been named official pace car for the 98th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 25th. This marks the eighth time since it was introduced in 1967 that a Camaro has been so honored -- and the 25th time  a Chevy has paced the race. 

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With its 505-horsepower/7.0-liter LS7 V8, aero-tuned bodywork, circuit-optimized chassis and Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, Chevrolet designed the Z/28 to be the most track-capable model ever in the Camaro lineup. To show the car off to best advantage, three-time Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti will be behind the wheel on race day. 

"We are excited to have Dario Franchitti lead this year's Indianapolis 500 starting field to the green flag," said J. Douglas Boles, president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "Dario's appearance in the Camaro Z/28 Pace Car will be special for race fans and it underscores Chevrolet's important place in the past, present and future of the Indianapolis 500."

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An avid motorsport historian and 4-time IndyCar series champ, Franchitti was forced to retire from full-time competition last year after suffering a serious injury during a street race in Houston. He now serves as a driver development coach for his former team, Ganassi Racing.

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