The Barrett-Jackson Classic Auto Auction in Scottsdale, AZ,- Chevrolet and officials from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced a special edition 2011 Camaro 2SS/RS Convertible that will serve as the official pace car for the 2011 Indianapolis 500.
The 2011 Camaro 2SS/RS Convertible is the 22nd Chevrolet and the seventh Camaro chosen to pace “the greatest spectacle in racing.” Adding to the rich heritage is the fact that 2011 will mark the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500, as well as Chevrolet’s centennial year.
The three pace cars and the fifty matching festival cars will be equipped with the 400-horsepower (298 kW) V-8 engine and six-speed automatic transmission. These special edition Camaro models will feature a Summit White exterior accented with orange stripes and door graphics. The interior is trimmed in orange leather, including front seat headrests embossed with the Indy 500 logo, along with white door panels and instrument panel trim. The instrument panel trims features extensions of the orange exterior stripes.
The color combination is similar to the design used on the 1969 Camaro Indy pace car replicas – cars which have become among the most popular Camaro models in the collector world.
To commemorate this special designation, Chevrolet also announced plans to auction the first of 50 Indianapolis Festival Committee Cars. The auction for this first festival committee car takes place Saturday evening, January 22, 2011, during SPEED’s live coverage of the Barrett-Jackson event. The vehicle carries lot number 1284 and bids can be submitted at the auction in person or online (visit Barrett-Jackson’s website -- http://www.barrett-jackson.com/ -- for further details regarding online bidding).
Chevrolet will donate full proceeds of the auction to the David Foster Foundation -- http://www.davidfosterfoundation.org -- a charity devoted to supporting families with children in need of life-saving organ transplants. David Foster, the 15-time Grammy winning music producer and songwriter, founded the organization in his native Canada.
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