If you were a time traveler trying to determine, for some reason, what car culture was like in America in any given year, you could pretty much use the contemporaneous Indy 500 pace car as your one data point and come to some pretty reasonable conclusions.
For years, back when IndyCar was awesome and people watched it, PPG was the title sponsor and had all of the pace cars under their jurisdiction. They made some pretty awesome ones. But which was the coolest?
Pace cars have to be fast around a track as the race cars behind them suffer under a certain speed. There have been many great ones throughout the years.
Pace cars, also known as safety cars, are arguably the most important cars on any racetrack. It's actually not about going slow in front of the actual race cars, but rather going as fast as humanly possible, all in the interest of safety.
This eight minute video is a mixture of pace car and safety car disasters from all over the world of motorsports. Luckily everyone involved in the crashes seen here recovered fully from their injuries, but as you can see the cars that are supposed to keep everyone on the track safe have certainly been involved in…
Tonight at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Arizona, Chevrolet and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced that yet again, the Camaro SS will be the official Pace Car of this year's Indy 500. The difference this year? It's the convertible. Ooh!