Motorsports legend Roger Penske will set the pace at the upcoming Indianapolis 500 on May 29 behind the wheel of a 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS 50th Anniversary Edition.
A whopping three major milestones will be celebrated that day: the 100th running of the Indy 500, the 50th anniversary of the Chevy Camaro, and Penske’s 50th year as a team owner.
Penske, who was almost a professional driver himself in his younger days, has won 16 Indy 500s over the last half century, more than any other team. When he takes the Camaro SS 50th Anniversary Edition to the track, it’ll be the ninth time the Camaro serves as pace car at the Indy 500 and the 27th time for Chevrolet. The first time it occurred was in 1967 when an RS/SS convertible led the race; the last time was a Z/28 coupe just two years ago.
“Chevrolet and Roger Penske are inextricably linked to the heritage of the Indianapolis 500,” said J. Douglas Boles, president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “When he leads the pack on May 29, behind the wheel of the Camaro SS, he will drive the race into its next 100 years and strengthen the bond Chevrolet and Indianapolis forged a century ago.”
Only four examples of the Camaro SS 50th Anniversary Edition are being built, so it’s unlikely we’ll ever see a copy in our showrooms, but you can still find the car it is based on at Tom Naquin!