The Daytona 500 is one of the most popular races in NASCAR and is often considered the most prestigious, too. The most recent Daytona 500 just happened on February 26th. There were a few new rules this year, which had an impact on the pace of the race. In addition, the race was filled with accidents. In fact, of the 40 contenders that started the race, only 25 finished.
Kurt Busch came away from the accident-filled race the winner after leading only one lap—the last one. This was Busch’s first time racing in the Daytona 500.
While a Chevrolet didn’t win, there were three Chevy drivers in the top 10, including AJ Allmendinger in third, Paul Mendard in fifth, and Kasey Kahne in seventh.
The Pace Car
Driving the Daytona 500 pace car at the start of the race was NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon. He was driving a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. The special pace car featured a Silver Ice Metallic exterior color, a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine, and unique Daytona 500 graphics.
“Chevrolet and I have a great history at the Daytona 500 and it’s an honor to drive the 650-horsepower Camaro ZL1 pace car for the largest, most historic race of the season,” Gordon said.
While we can’t get you a spot in the Daytona 500, we can get you a seat in a Chevrolet Camaro. Stop by Bill Roberts Chevrolet today to see how you feel behind the wheel of a Camaro.