RACING: 2017 50th Anniversary Edition Chevrolet Camaro SS and Penske to Pace 100th Indy 500

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The 2017 Camaro SS 50th Anniversary Edition will lead the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana next month, driven by motorsports legend Roger Penske, who is marking 50 years as a race team owner. (Photo by Bret Kelley/IMS for Chevrolet)

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.

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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.”

Roger Penske To Drive Indy 500 Camaro SS Pace Car

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.

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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.

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The 2017 Camaro 50th Anniversary Special Edition is available summer 2016 on 2LT and 2SS coupe or convertible models. The Special Edition features a Nightfall Gray exterior, unique 20” wheels and center caps, orange stripe package and a black interior with suede accents and orange stitching. Distinct 50th anniversary badging treatment is featured on seatbacks, the steering wheel badge and illuminated sill plates. For the 2017 model year, every Camaro built will feature a special 50th Anniversary badge on the steering wheel.

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.

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All 2017 Camaros will sport a 50th Anniversary steering-wheel logo to mark the occasion.

The 2017 Camaro 50th Anniversary Special Edition is available summer 2016 on 2LT and 2SS coupe or convertible models. The Special Edition features a Nightfall Gray exterior, unique 20” wheels and center caps, orange stripe package and a black interior with suede accents and orange stitching. Distinct 50th anniversary badging treatment is featured on seatbacks, the steering wheel badge and illuminated sill plates. For the 2017 model year, every Camaro built will feature a special 50th Anniversary badge on the steering wheel.

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.

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