- Jacques Villeneuve will attempt to make Indianapolis 500 starts 19 years apart, bettering Cy Marshall & Roland Free's 17-year gap set in 1947.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Camaro SS To Pace 100th Anniversary '500'

For the 7th time in history and 3rd year in a row, a Chevrolet Camaro will be pacing the field for the Indianapolis 500.

"The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Chevrolet name have long been associated with one another beginning with Arthur, Louis and Gaston Chevrolet's participation as competitors in the Indianapolis 500," said Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation president and chief executive officer. "It's fitting in this 100th year for IMS and Chevy that we reinforce our longtime relationship through this year's Camaro Pace Car."

2011 will mark the 22nd year a Chevrolet branded vehicle led the 33-car field out of turn four, but this time with a twist.  One of the 50 limited addition Camaro's will be auctioned off this Saturday, January 22nd in Scottsdale, Arizona with Indianapolis 500 winners Arie Luyendyk and Tom Sneva on hand.  Televised LIVE on SPEED from 2 p.m.-1 a.m the pace car is set to go up for auction between 9-11 p.m. (ET), the winning bidder will receive not only the car, but also a once in a lifetime opportunity to pilot the White Camaro on a pace lap for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. All proceeds will be donated by Chevrolet to the David Foster Foundation.

The traditional celebrity pace car driver will be announced closer to May.

"It's an honor for Chevrolet to pace the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500, especially during this landmark year," said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet marketing. "This is also a great opportunity for us to build on Camaro's strong momentum, while supporting an important charity."

The 400-horsepower V-8 engine which requires no performance modifications, will power the SS model Camaro.  Decked out in a Summit White livery, complete with orange race stripes and door graphics will include an orange leather interior.

Interested bidders can find more information at BarrettJackson.com

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