It’s a big year for the Chevy Camaro, the Indianapolis 500 and Roger Penske.
There’s an interesting match-up of milestones in this year’s Indianapolis 500.
First, the race turns 100. Needless to say, it was a whole different scene when it began, in terms of the cars.
One hundred races later – the first event was held in 1911, with the five missing years given over to wartime concerns in World Wars I and II – the Indianapolis 500 is a signature racing event with a storied history.
Then there’s the driver of this year’s pace car, Roger Penske, whose racing team is marking its 50th year. According to Automotive News, Penske’s first Indy 500 was as a 14-year-old spectator, and, he says, “I’ll be at the races as long as I can stand up.”
Penske has had a long and successful racing career, and car buyers may know his name from his phenomenally successful auto retailing chain, which currently has 326 dealership locations.
Then the third anniversary is the Camaro’s, which turns 50 with the 2017 model. Yep, we’re all getting old.
But take solace in the fact that the Camaro SS that Penske will be driving can be purchased at your local Chevrolet dealerships this summer. It’s the 50th Anniversary Edition of the SS, which will have the pace car’s stripes but not the Indy lettering or white paint – this one’s Nightfall Gray only.
This anniversary package will be available on the 2LT and 2SS Camaro trims, and its special labeling will carry over the interior, where the seatbacks and illuminated sill plates will be unique.
All 2017 Camaros will sport a 50th Anniversary steering-wheel logo to mark the occasion.
So here we are in 2016 with the 100th Indy 500 race being held in May. There’s a lot our forebears would not recognize in our modern world, but we all would still share a fundamental need for speed.