Chevrolet to Bring Special Line of V8s to Daytona 500
It’s been a good week for sports fans in the sunshine state. Last week they were graced with a historical event by none other than Tom Brady, and this Sunday, the arrival of NASCAR is set to take place at the Daytona 500. If you’re a Chevrolet fan, get ready for the cherry on top – all three national touring series races will be led by several Chevrolet vehicles.
Although different events call for different vehicles, all three pace cars will be powered by Chevrolet’s 6.2L small-block V8, translating to a total output of 1,370 horsepower.
Although we’d love to see a single Chevrolet vehicle adding up to those impressive numbers on a track someday, we’re satisfied with three pace cars painted in Corvette-exclusive Rapid Blue. Each car will also boast a red, white, and blue theme inspired by the Daytona 500 logo.
The Corvette Stingray coupe will serve as the pace car in the primary event on Sunday, and a Silverado 1500 RST will lead the way for the NASCAR World Truck Series debuting on Friday, February 12th at 7:30 pm (EST). A Camaro SS 1LE will also be part of the fun in the Xfinity Series race on Saturday, February 13th at 5:00 pm (EST). It’s not the first time the car brand has started Daytona 500. The Corvette has led the prestigious race six times, and certainly won’t be the last.
Chevrolet has provided pace cars for The Great American Race a total of 14 times – and the brand has won 24 times, which is more than any other car manufacturer. An impressive feat, for sure.
If you’re a fan of the Rapid Blue paint on the Camaro and Silverado, you’re in luck. The 2022 Camaro will offer the vibrant color as an option. However, the Silverado isn’t so lucky, but let’s be honest, bright colors don’t fit on a pickup truck. With that said, with enough push, manufacturers are known to give consumers what they wish for, and Chevrolet offering that color to other models isn’t out of the question.
The 455-horsepower 2021 Camaro SS 1LE and 420-horsepower Silverado 1500 RST aren’t there for no reason. Chevrolet is out campaigning both models in the NASCAR series for the entire 2021 season and is seeking a 25th Daytona 500 victory for its trophy cabinet.