Intended to limit the speed of competitors during a cautionary period in a motorsport event, pace cars are a great way for automakers to advertise their vehicles to the general public. Unfortunately, the pink ‘Making Strides Against Breast Cancer’ Chevy Camaro ZL1 – which serves as the official pace car of the NASCAR Cup Series races at several racetracks – suffered a breakdown at Martinsville.
In a video captured during the NASCAR Cup event, we find the pink Camaro pace car pulled over onto the shoulder of the racetrack while the racers continue their slow cautionary lap. Immediately following the incident, it was unclear as to exactly what went down, as the vehicle appeared to be in limp mode.
Following a brief period of confusion – which was quickly remedied by a safety truck temporarily taking over pace car duties – the Camaro was pulled into pit lane to diagnose the issue. Upon quick inspection, it appeared as though rubber buildup on the tires may have caused the fender liner to be pulled out. According to a Road & Track article, a Chevy representative stated that the car’s wiring harness to the fuel pump was damaged by rubber road debris.
It’s worth noting that a back-up Chevy Camaro in the same pink livery resumed pace car duties shortly thereafter.
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For background on the livery itself, this year marks the 13th consecutive year that General Motors partnered with the American Cancer Society to raise awareness and money for breast cancer. In fact, for every caution lap the pink Camaro ZL1 completes, The General will make a donation of $350 to the initiative, with up to $50,000 in total donations.