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Daytona International Speedway announced that Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be the honorary driver of the pace vehicle for the upcoming 61st-annual Daytona 500. Earnhardt will pace the field in a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado. According to the release, this will be the first time that a truck has been the pace vehicle for The Great American Race. Continue reading “Dale Earnhardt Jr. Will Drive Pace Truck For the Daytona 500”

Roger Penske Indy 500Roger Penske to Drive Indy 500 Pace Car
April 19, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS – A unique version of the new, 2017 Camaro SS 50th Anniversary Edition will lead the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 next month, driven by motorsports legend Roger Penske, who is marking 50 years as a race team owner.
It’s the ninth time Camaro has served as the pace car and the 27th time for Chevrolet, dating back to 1948. Continue reading “Roger Penske Driving Indy 500 Pace Car at 100th running”

INDIANAPOLIS – Five-time Brickyard 400 winner and four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon will drive a Corvette Z06 pace car for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 mile race, May 24 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Continue reading “Jeff Gordon to Drive Corvette Z06 Indy 500 Pace Car Five-time Brickyard winner will lead pack for 99th running of the Indianapolis 500”

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DEARBORN, Mich., April 16, 2012 – Ford Motor Company is again making NASCAR history this month as the all-new Focus Electric becomes the first all-electric pace car to ever lead the field for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the Richmond 400.

The all-new Focus Electric will perform all pace car duties at Richmond International Raceway on April 28.

“Ford research shows the majority of Americans would consider buying an electrified vehicle but do not yet understand the different technologies,” said Mark Fields, president of The Americas. “Highlighting the Focus Electric as a pace car is a fun way to educate consumers about the kinds of benefits our electrified vehicles deliver and show people our commitment to provide Ford customers the power of choice for leading fuel economy in the vehicle that best meets their needs – from EcoBoost®-powered gasoline vehicles and hybrids to plug-in hybrids and full electrics.”

Approximately 35 percent of new car intenders are motorsports fans and 78 percent of them support NASCAR, according to Ford research. Additionally, Ford race fans are 67 percent more likely to consider Ford products than general market consumers.

Continue reading “FORD MAKES NASCAR HISTORY FOCUS BECOMES FIRST ALL-ELECTRIC PACE CAR AT RICHMOND”

2012 Toyota Camry To Serve
As Official Pace Car For The 54th Annual DAYTONA 500
Toyota becomes fourth manufacturer to pace a Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona since 2010

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2012 Toyota Camry will serve as the official pace car for the 54th running of the DAYTONA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012 – the first time that the manufacturer will serve as the pace car for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway and the fourth different manufacturer to do so at the “World Center of Racing” since 2010.

“NASCAR and Daytona International Speedway provide a uniquely American platform for manufacturers to display their technology, innovation and overall automotive excellence,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. “After nearly eight years of competing at NASCAR’s highest level, I’m pleased to have the 2012 Toyota Camry pace the DAYTONA 500.”

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