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The Daytona 500 has been paced by Corvettes the last two years in a row, but there's a new breed of performance car in the bowtie barn; thy name is Camaro. This past weekend Chevy's modern muscle car was officially announced as the pace vehicle for the 51st running of the famous Daytona 500, replacing its big bro' and becoming the first Camaro to earn the honor since 1969 and only the third overall. The pace car will be an SS model brandishing a 426-hp 6.2L V8 and special Cyber Grey (and Orange) paint scheme developed by PPG. It will also be outfitted with a fully integrated strobe system to help light the way for dozens of NASCAR cars that will be following its every left turn. Thanks for the tip, Tim!

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Chevy Camaro Returns as Official Pace Car for 51st Daytona 500; Iconic 2010 Model Returns to the "Great American Race" After 40-Year Absence

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (Feb. 7, 2009) -- Daytona International Speedway officials announced the return of the Chevy Camaro as the Official Pace Car of the 51st running of the Daytona 500--the first Camaro to pace the field since 1969.

"Chevy has been a great partner of the Daytona 500 for more than 30 years, and the Camaro is an automotive icon,'" said Speedway President Robin Braig. "This 2010 model will set the tone for a 21st century sports car, and that's a perfect fit to lead the pack at the 'Great American Race.''

The 426-horsepower vehicle, powered by the 6.2-liter all-aluminum Chevy V-8, carries a PPG Cyber Grey paint scheme with a bold accent design befitting "The World Center of Racing." A Camaro has paced the field just twice in Dayton 500 history, in 1968 and '69, and this 2010 model is scheduled to hit showroom floors this spring.

Built on GM's new global rear-wheel drive architecture, the Camaro also will be offered in V-6-powered LS and LT models. Additional specs of the 2010 model pace car include:

* All-aluminum 6.2-liter V-8

* 426 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque

* Fully integrated strobe system, including a GM-designed custom light bar utilizing Whelen 500 series linear strobes

* 27-mpg estimated highway fuel economy

* Fuel-saving Tremec 6-speed manual transmission

* Top speed of xxx mph on the test track

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice car, bad paint design. Looks like they over did it. The golden rule of graphic design: Less is more.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's one of the ugliest paint jobs I've seen on a pace car, and that's saying a lot since most or all of them have been ugly as hell!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Agreed. I admit to being a Camaro fanboy (no mullet), but that is fugly.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Kind of wish it was White w/ Hugger Orange stripes, but that's just the nostalgic side of me showing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      the 2010 gt500 has 540 hp power so i do not see how the came on top ,may want to rethink your response
        • 6 Years Ago
        ... its a STOCK SS... with a paint job...

        So now, what does that GT 500 cost vs a STOCK Comaro SS?

        or better yet what does a mustang GT vs Camaro cost.. and which one of those would be on top

        What you did was compare a yugo to a bentley

        Fanboism at its greatest...
        • 6 Years Ago
        The GT500 has the worst weight distribution of any rear drive car, 58/42. Contrast against a rear drive 911 38/62
        For '09 it has more power and shorter gearing.
        The only way this thing is going to, get off the line, is if the supercharger does not engage in 1st gear (and reverse)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Here's a thought. Get more of these, throw in some Mustangs and Challengers to fill, out the 44 car field and I might even watch. Use 1 COT for the pace car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        ...43 car field
        • 6 Years Ago
        I like the idea, but only if it was on a Road Course.

      • 6 Years Ago
      gt500 mustang really? sorry if you want a $50,000 chevy your looking at a corvette. there is no camaro (yet, if at all) priced to compete with with either the shelby gt500 or gt500kr mustangs. i would have to see the pricing on a 2010 mustang gt, thinking the camaro might be just a bit more expensive. on the same token though, ford does not make a stock mustang to compete directly with the ss camaro on power/performance scale as that camaro is too far above the gt(least till, or if the new engine comes out a couple years into model cycle) yet too far below the gt500
      • 6 Years Ago
      The new Camaro isn't a bad looking car but this one looks brutal. All the paint and badging makes it look so cheap. I did like the blue and white Shelby they had going all week. That car looked sweet but I suppose if they had used it as the pace car they would have messed it all up as well. I'm with the guy who suggested orange with white stripes.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is it me or does the Camaro not look new anymore? It seems that the Camaro is everywhere except in dealers showrooms. Transformers has been out for what, 2 years now!?!

      I think they should just merge the Camaro and the Volt (the other long no show GM car) into one over hyped car and call it either Cavolt or, my favorite, the Voltaro.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Beautiful shade of gray and I like the way a thin band of the orange paint outlines the top of the grill. Overall it's pretty tasteful for a pace car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I like the paint job as well. It's got a distressed coolness to it. Also reminds me of those camouflage destroyer-boats from WW2.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have to say that of daily new editions of Mustangs and Camaros, Camaros come out on top.

      • 6 Years Ago
      "Hit the Pace Car"!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Will this one be as slow as the production one?
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