What Should The Indy 500 Use As A Pace Car?

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A 2010 Camaro SS will pace this weekend's running of Indianapolis 500 — a safe but ultimately uninteresting choice. What should the Indy 500 use as a pace car?

For the most part, the modern Indy 500 is a disappointment. The average-speed peak occurred in 1990, and since then it's been about increasing annoyance, decreasing technological sophistication, and decreasing speeds. Pace cars? In order to show the IRL just how poorly it's acted, we'd choose a real race car with cutting-edge technology. To twist the knife a little further, we'd pick the Peugeot 908 HDi. It's got diesel power, modern good looks, and it's French. See this America? The French can build an exciting car for an exciting, ancient, and epic race, so maybe you can too!


Also, we'd like to buy a 908 for street use stickered up with Indy 500 logos and drive it to Safeway and park it next to all the significantly lamer Indy 500 pace cars (this means you, 1997 Oldsmobile Aurora).

Can you do better than a diesel Pug? Certainly you can do better than a Chevy Beretta convertible.

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OK, somewhat seriously. Currently the IRL is practically a Honda spec series, so why not be truthful and pace it with the sportiest thing that Honda manages to produce now. I find it terribly ironic that we must have a domestic product pacing a race with little to no domestic manufacturer involvement.