Marking the fifth time a Camaro will pace the annual “brickyard” race, Chevrolet revealed today that a 2010 Camaro SS will serve as the official pace car at the 2010 Indianapolis 500.
This particular pace car makes use of the stock 400-hp, 6.2-liter LS3 V-8, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Chevrolet chose a white-on-orange paint scheme to honor the 1969 Camaro pace car, which used the opposite — orange stripes on a white body. Another nod to the ’69 includes the painted grille insert, which splits the turn signal lens and creates a look similar to the headlamp doors on a 1969 Camaro RS.
Other unique touches include a body-color wraparound trim piece inside (complete with matching racing stripes), special commemorative emblems, and embroidered seats with orange accent stitching. Per regulations, GM’s fitted the car with a full strobe flasher system, which forced the adoption of amber rear turn signals — something we saw quite often when Camaro prototypes were testing in Australia.
GM hasn’t mentioned if it plans on building the traditional pace car replica for consumers, but a similar grille insert (albeit possibly without the painted turn signal housings) will be offered as a dealer accessory.
Look for this particular Camaro to make its debut on May 30, when the 99th annual Indy 500 kicks off.
Source: Indianapolis Motor Speedway