• Nov 10, 2009
Dickies 500 Chevrolet Camaro pace car delivered in style - Click above to watch the video

The official pace car for last weekend's Dickies 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race was none other than the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS. This, in itself, is no biggie. What's interesting is how the car was delivered to the Texas Motor Speedway prior to the race. If you watched sports over the weekend, you know that salutes to America's veterans were part of just about every event that took place (Veterans Day is tomorrow, remember).

As part of that theme, NASCAR had the Camaro delivered to the track in a CH-47 Chinook helicopter. In the video posted after the jump, you'll see the big heavy-lift chopper touch down, drop its ramp, have the Chevy drive on out, and take back off. At the wheel of the Camaro was NASA astronaut Doug Hurley, who is also a TMS season-ticket holder, a United States Marine Corps colonel, and was the pilot of the shuttle Endeavour on this year's STS-127 mission. Pretty. Freaking. Cool. In fact, short of the Camaro and Chinook subsequently turning into robots and fighting each other on the TMS infield, it doesn't get much cooler. Follow the jump to watch.

[Source: YouTube]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      This is why the terrorists hate us...
        • 5 Years Ago
        *ahem*
        They don't hate us, they hate our freedom™.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I thought it was why we're their best customers.
        HotRodzNKustoms
        • 5 Years Ago
        you're back? really?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah... but I'm still not buying a Chevy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      To all those griping about how this was a huge waste of taxpayer's money just to entertain Bubba in the stands, is this any different than the flyovers or parachute jumps by the military at various NFL stadiums in the northern part of the country? No it isn't.
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Beach Boys, Apple Pie, and the Chevy Camaro... things worth fighting for!
        • 5 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        I am a mustang man myself, but I can't help but acknowledge the appropriateness of your response. It definitely put a smile on my face.
      • 5 Years Ago
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Kl98wEh1Z8

      I would rather it get delivered by a MH-47! ;) NSDQ
      • 5 Years Ago
      Was our tax payers money used for this mockery? Seems like it..

        • 5 Years Ago
        Was I bitching about the Military no, I am bitching about the use of military personnel for crap like this while Congress is bitching about money being wasted on the wrong programs when we continue to have crap like this happens, I would like to see more be done for Veterans instead of some symbolic gesture that probably cost an arm and a leg just for those few minutes which could been use for something more worthwhile.

        From 2004 to 2008, annual funding for recruiting and retention programs more than doubled, from $3.4 billion to $7.7 billion.

        Amid a deep recession that has made the military a more appealing option for job seekers, all the armed services have consistently met or exceeded their recruiting and retention goals in recent months, according to the Pentagon.

        on a last note,
        I am in the military as well stationed at Fort Irwin Private2 "Pv2". So do not tell me about serving you jackass especially with a name like Dr.Greenthumb..

        • 5 Years Ago
        Well said, Dr..
        • 5 Years Ago
        it was probably in recognition of veteran's day and our servicemen and women. or am i the only person in america that would come to that conclusion? seems like it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Andre you are an IDIOT. The military association with organizations like NASCAR is not a waste of resources. It is a valuable recruiting tool, and much cheaper than the average 30 second TV ad.

        The target demographic is also correct, since NASCAR fans are more likely to serve their country than whining little biatches like you.

        Regards,

        Proud US NAVY veteran.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's what I was wondering. I'd like to see more bridges fixed and less of this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks like a turtle crapping a car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nick it cost probably the same as a normal hot drop training mission for a CH-47 crew...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow, Nick. Are you really that big of an idiot?
        • 5 Years Ago
        In otherwords, about $10k per hour.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I wonder how much tax payer money this useless piece of propaganda cost.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmm Are containers useless now?
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, they're not, but this is more than just a publicity stunt. Sure, some may argue it's a gratuitous waste of resources and such, but when would there be such an opportunity to do something so extraordinary? Granted, I don't see much relevance to Veterans Day here and I didn't have any relatives or personally know anyone who fought in any wars, it's still nice to see some show of remembrance.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Deliver my Camaro by helicopter and I will take 2.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh, thats were GM's money went to, bribing military for rides.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was at the race this past weekend. That was an amazing thing to see. I was wowed. I can't remember if the Chinook, the bomber that flew over, or both were based out of Ft. Hood, but at least one was.

      You people who think this was a waste of money, you did not see the humbled faces of the 150,000+ fans when the Camaro was delivered. The best PR and recruitment tool any branch of the armed forces could ask for.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I got chills just looking at the video. I can't imagine what that would have been like live. I've seen those things take off and land at the AF base at our air port and they are wicked huge, loud and awesome. I'm glad they did this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice to know that my tax dollars are at work so that the military could use government aircraft to promote products and entertain Bubba on the stands. Just look at the way they all put their beers in the air, makes me so proud to be American. :
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