Daytona 500 Pace Car
Camaro SS selected to Pace the 51st Running of The
Great American Race
51st running of the Daytona 500 featured a 2010 Chevrolet
Camaro leading the pack as the official pace car. After
a 40 year absence, the new Camaro was the first to pace
the Daytona 500 since 1969. It was the third in company
history to pace the "The Great American Race."
car used was a 2010 Camaro SS powered by a 426 horsepower
V-8 engine. It had a Cyber Grey paint scheme with a
bold accent design befitting "The World Center
Tom Cruise drove the Chevrolet Camaro pace car
during the opening pace laps.
who attended the 2008 Sprint Cup banquet at the
invitation of team owner Rick Hendrick, is familiar
with stock cars, having starred in the movie Days
facilitated the appearance at the Daytona 500 by Cruise.
Cruise joined several celebrities who attended the Daytona
500. Country music star Keith Urban performed during
the prerace show.
race took place on February 15, 2009 at the Daytona
International in Daytona Beach, Florida. Production
of the 2010 Camaro will be at GM's Oshawa, Ontario assembly
played a support role once again by helping out during
Speed Weeks this year, and was seen during several races
helping with the driver introduction laps. The White
/ Red / Blue 2007 Corvette Pace Car was also back on
the track as the Official Pace Car for the Budweiser