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Chevy Camaro gets familiar role as 2011 Indy 500 pace car

Chevrolet and the Indianapolis 500 aren’t quite synonymous, but they could be considering the long relationship with between the race and the brand.

A prime example will occur Sunday, May 29 when a special edition of the Chevy Camaro convertible will serve as the official pace car of the 2011 Indy 500.

The special edition and its 50 pace-car replicas will help commemorate the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 and Chevrolet’s centennial year.

The pace car and replicas are painted white with orange stripes and door graphics. The interior is trimmed in orange leather and the front- seat headrests are embossed with the Indy 500 logo.

The instrument panel trim even features extensions of the orange exterior stripes that continue from the hood onto part of the dashboard. The color combination is similar to the design used on the 1969 Camaro pace car.

Here’s the list of the 22 Chevrolet models that havs been used at Indy 500 pace cars:

1948 Fleetmaster Six, 1955 Bel Air, 1967 Camaro, 1969 Camaro, 1978 Corvette, 1982 Camaro, 1986 Corvette, 1990 Beretta, 1993 Camaro, 1995 Corvette, 1998 Corvette, 1999 Monte Carlo, 2002 Corvette, 2003 SSR, 2004 Corvette, 2005 Corvette, 2006 Corvette, 2007 Corvette, 2008 Corvette, 2009 Camaro, 2010 Camaro, 2011 Camaro.

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