Camaro Paces 2011 Indy 500

No surprise here: the 2011 Indianapolis 500 is going to have a Camaro SS convertible working as its pace car.

No surprise here: the 2011 Indianapolis 500 is going to have a Camaro SS convertible working as its pace car.

The Indianapolis 500 turns 100 this year. Chevrolet turns 100 this year, as well.

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And as a nod to somewhat more recent tradition—“only” 42 years ago—the Camaro is painted Summit White with orange stripes, a tribute to the color combo used for the 1969 Camaro pace car, a model which, according to Chevy, “replicas of which have become among the most popular Camaros in the collector world.”

And while we’re counting back the clock here, it may be worth noting that in 2010 the Camaro outsold the Mustang, 81,299 to 73,716, the first time that’s happened in 26 years.

In addition to which, while we’re not in the least bit taken with the “Chevy Runs Deep” slogan, arguably when it comes to Indy pace cars, the brand truly does have a deep tradition, going back to 1948, when a Fleetmaster Six led the parade at the Brickyard. In all, there have been 22 Chevys that have done duty at “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”