The most successful team owner in IMS history will pace the field at this year's Indianapolis 500, as Team Penske marks its 50th season in the sport, and Chevrolet celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Camaro.

The Camaro has been the Indy 500 pace car nine times since its debut in 1967, while the Chevrolet marque has led the IndyCar pack at IMS a total of 27 times.

The Captain himself is seeking his 17th Indy 500 win, and is also defending race winner following Juan Pablo Montoya's triumph last year.

"Chevrolet and the Indianapolis 500 have a long, storied history and it's an honor to mark the respective milestones of the Indy 500 race and the Camaro simultaneously," said Mark Reuss, executive VP of global product development.

"It's also a privilege to have Roger Penske perform the driving duties, as his team has helped Chevrolet earn four consecutive IndyCar manufacturer titles since 2012."

Doug Boles, president of IMS, added: "Chevrolet and Roger Penske are inextricably linked to the heritage of the Indianapolis 500. When he leads the pack on May 29, behind the wheel of the Camaro SS, he will drive the race into its next 100 years and strengthen the bond Chevrolet and Indianapolis forged a century ago."

Four identically prepared Camaro SS 50th Anniversary Edition pace cars will support the race, all with exclusive Abalone White exteriors featuring "100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil" graphics on the doors and the IMS wing-and-wheel logo on the quarter panels.

While the engine is the standard 455hp (6.2-liter) V8 unit used in the sixth-gen Camaro SS, launched last year, the pace cars will showcase the parts specific to the 50th Anniversary Edition models, including unique 20-inch wheels, unique grille, orange brake calipers, and various interior tweaks.


Penske to drive Camaro pace car for 100th Indy 500