2010 Chevrolet Camaro

2010 Chevrolet Camaro to NASCAR: "Thanks, but no thanks."

If you're a NASCAR fan, then you may already know this, but I'm going to mention it for everybody else: Next year, NASCAR intends to change over to a modified Car of Tomorrow platform in its Nationwide Series. Early speculation included possible entries from Dodge (Challenger), Chevrolet (Camaro), Ford (Mustang) and Toyota (Solara). Well, Dodge and Ford are already signed up for next year's Nationwide Series; however, Toyota has discontinued its Solara model, so it won't be competing. But where does that leave the Chevy Camaro?

During a ceremony held yesterday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana, the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro was announced as the Pace Car for the 93rd running of the Indianapolis 500. According to a statement made by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Camaro Pace Car will be running completely stock out in front of the 33 competitors on race day: "Powered by the 6.2-liter LS3 all-aluminum Chevy V-8, the all-new 2010 Camaro produces 426 horsepower at 5,900 rpm and 420 lb-ft of torque at 4,600 rpm. It features a Tremec six-speed manual transmission and 3.45 axle ratio. No drivetrain or suspension modifications are required to prepare the Camaro for its Pace Car duties. The only modifications to the vehicle include a fully integrated strobe system, including a GM-designed custom light bar utilizing Whelen 500 series linear strobes."