Daytona 500 Pace Car
A Chevrolet 2005 Corvette
paced NASCARs most prestigious event -- the Daytona
500 -- on Feb. 20, 2005. Dale Earnhardt Jr., the 2004
Daytona 500 champion, was on-hand to introduce the pace
pace car was based on the 2005 production Corvette.
The Daytona 500 provided a good opportunity to showcase
the capabilities of the Corvette.
design of the Daytona 500 Corvette pace vehicle included
elements that reflect the heritage and attitude of historic
winning Corvette race cars. It was painted in millennium
yellow with a black racing stripe centered across the
hood, roof and trunk lid. The Daytona 500 logo was displayed
on each door along with Chevys An American
Revolution slogan on the rear spoiler.
Corvette pace car was nearly identical to the production
version. Both were powered by a 6.0-liter V-8 LS2 engine
that produces 400 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. They have
a top speed of 186 mph on a race track and reach 0-60
in 4.2 seconds.
was the 34th consecutive year General Motors has provided
the Official Pace Car for the Daytona 500. The Daytona
500 was one of 60 NASCAR events Chevrolet paced in 2005,
including 28 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, 17 Busch Series and
15 Craftsman Truck Series races.
car #1 on track.