Dario Franchitti to Pilot Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Pace Car at Indy 500

Who better to drive the pace car at the 98th Indianapolis 500 than three-time race winner Dario Franchitti? On May 25, Franchitti will step behind the wheel of the new 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 pace car, marking the eighth time a Camaro has paced the race. Winner of the 2007, 2010, and 2012 Indianapolis 500 races, Franchitti sets out on the next journey of his career in a driver development role with Chip Ganassi Racing, which will use Chevy power for the 2014 IndyCar Season. "Dario is a true champion who has earned the respect of competitors and race fans alike. It will be very special to have Dario lead the field to the green flag in the Camaro Z/28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway," said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports, in a recent statement.
As the most track-capable vehicle ever produced by Chevy, the Camaro Z/28 pace car will feel right at home during the Indy 500. Although it won't be racing itself, when tested on Germany's Nürburgring, the Z/28 managed a lap time of 7:37, beating out the Camaro ZL1, Porsche 911 Carrera S. and the Lamborghini Murciélago LP640. Chevrolet's presence in the IndyCar series is long and filled with success. The automaker competed as an engine manufacturer from 1986 to 1993, 2002 to 2005, and made its return in 2012. For the 2013 series, Tony Kanaan won the Indy 500 in his Chevy car, where seven of the top 10 vehicles were powered by Chevrolet. Source: Chevrolet