Three-time Daytona 500 winner and four-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champ Jeff Gordon will lead the field to the start of Sunday’s Daytona 500 behind the wheel of the new 2017 Camaro ZL1 pace car.
“Chevrolet and I have a great history at the Daytona 500 and it’s an honor to drive the 650-horsepower Camaro ZL1 pace car for the largest, most historic race of the season,” Gordon said.
Chevrolet will also pace the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Nextera Energy Resources 250 with a 2017 Silverado this evening. A 2017 Camaro SS — featuring a new Krypton Green exterior color — will pace the NASCAR XFINITY Series Powershares QQQ 300 on Feb. 25.
“Chevrolet is proud to pace the Great American Race on the high banks of the iconic Daytona International Speedway,” said Steve Majoros, director of marketing, Chevrolet Cars and Crossovers. “The Camaro ZL1 delivers unprecedented levels of technology, refinement and track capability.”
Gordon has plenty of experience leading the field at Daytona. In addition to winning the Daytona 500 in 1997, 1999 and 2005, he shared the overall win last month at the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
All three Chevrolet pace vehicles share graphic theme highlights in silver and black, along with selected accessories and personalization features.
Camaro ZL1 Daytona 500 pace car includes:
Silver Ice Metallic exterior color
LT4 6.2L direct-injected, supercharged V-8
All-new 10-speed automatic transmission
Magnetic Ride Control
Electronic limited-slip differential
20-inch forged aluminum wheels
Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires
Brembo brakes with six-piston front calipers and two-piece rotors
1.02g max cornering
Performance Data Recorder
The only content separating the pace car from a production model is unique graphics and an integrated Whelen LED safety lighting system.
Camaro SS Powershares QQQ 300 pace car includes:
New, bold Krypton Green exterior color (offered on Camaro LS, LT, SS and ZL1)
Unique silver and black graphics package
Accessory 20-inch polished aluminum wheels with Chevrolet Performance center caps
Accessory ground effects package
Accessory smoked taillamps
Accessory black bowtie emblems kit
Accessory decklid blackout graphic
Accessory Brembo brake kit with six-piston front calipers/two-piece rotors and four-piston rear calipers (calipers are custom-painted)
Accessory grille in Silver Ice Metallic
Integrated Whelen LED safety lighting system