Fans of NASCAR, or any form of motor racing in general, are familiar with the potential dangers of the sports – whether spectacular crashes or, simply, lose tires running around the track. Unfamiliar, however, is when the Official Pace Car malfunctions.
Last week, at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida, a Chevrolet SS pace car caught fire during a NASCAR Sprint Unlimited exhibition race. But it wasn’t the fault of the car, but rather the electrical work intended for powering the caution lights, that were to blame. Today, all problems seem to have been solved as the pace car is set for the upcoming Daytona 500 tomorrow.
The pace car is nothing more than a ‘tweaked’ 2014 SS, with a light bar on the roof and custom livery, packing the same 415 horsepower punch from the 6.2L LS3 V8 engine as the stock vehicle. Other Chevy vehicles will be joining the pace car scene, as the Camaro SS 1Le will pace the NASCAR Nationwide Series Drive4COPD 300, whilst the Silverado 1500 will pace the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy 250.
Capping of the event for Chevrolet, Austin Dillon (Richard Childress Racing) will lead away the 56th Daytona 500 from pole position, making him the second consecutive rookie to start from pole (Danika Patrick) in the event. Stay tuned for race results.