Oldsmobile is set to make history twice over at the 85th running of the
Indy 500 when the totally-redesigned 2002 Bravada takes to the track. Not
only will it be the first time an SUV has been used as a pace vehicle, but
it is also the first time a woman will be at the wheel. The
Bravada will be driven by Elaine Irwin-Mellencamp, fashion model and wife of
singer John Mellencamp. This will be the eleventh time that an
Oldsmobile has paced the Indy 500 and the third time in the past four years.
The Bravada is powered by a 270-hp Vortec 4200 inline six-cylinder
engine. This is the first Oldsmobile pace vehicle to be powered by a
For this year's race, Oldsmobile has furnished the speedway two garnet
red metallic Bravadas for pace car duty, as well as one black and 64
white Bravadas for support and parade duties. An additional 54 trucks
have been provided for use by VIPs, Indy 500 staff, and press, for a total
of 121 vehicles, making this one of the largest pace car programs in
history. Once again Chevy is providing support trucks for the Indy
For more photos of the 2002 Bravada pace and festival SUVs and other
support vehicles, please continue to the 2002 Bravada
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