The Camaro returned to Indy just two years after holding
pace car honors in 1967, the year it debuted. With its striking white
and "hugger orange" color scheme, the 1969 Camaro SS has become
one of the most popular Indy pace cars of all times. The car was
driven by 1960 Indy 500 winner Jim Rathmann, his first time behind the wheel
of a pace car.
The Camaro SS pace car was powered by a 375-hp,
396-ci TurboJet V-8 engine and three-speed Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic
transmission. According to records, only two cars were produced with
this configuration, to be used for official pace car duties. An
additional 43 Camaros were used as festival cars, and it is believed that
all of these cars were automatic transmissions with 350-ci engines. As
many as 116 additional cars were designated as USAC Official Cars, and
were a mix of 396-ci 4-speed manuals and 350-ci automatics.1
In all, Chevrolet built 3675 replicas of the 1969 pace car.2
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