Former IndyCar driver Dario Franchitti will be at the wheel of a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 at this year’s Indy 500 race on May 25. The high-performance Z/28 will serve as the race’s pace car, marking the 25th time a Camaro has had that honor at the Indy 500.
The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 should have no problem lapping Indianapolis Motor Speedway, thanks to its 7.0-liter V-8 engine, sticky tires, advanced suspension, and clever aerodynamic aids. When our colleagues at Motor Trend took the 505-hp 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 to the test track, they managed to knock off a 4.0-second run to 60 mph and pulled 1.07 g of cornering force around the skidpad. At Germany’s Nürburgring, the car even set an impressive 7-minute, 37-second lap time. For pace-car duty, several prominent Indy 500 decals adorn the black 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.
“It is a tremendous honor for me to be asked to drive the Pace Car for the Indianapolis 500,” Dario Franchitti said in a statement. “Although I won’t be competing in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, this will be as close as one person can get to the action.”
Franchitti won the Indy 500 in 2007, 2010, and 2012, and won four IndyCar championships during his career. After a crash in 2013, Franchitti was told he could no longer continue racing due to severe injuries. Now, he has switched to work in driver development for IndyCar team Chip Ganassi Racing.