Chevrolet Monte Carlo pace car and
Camaro SS track cars
For the sixth consecutive year, the Chevy Monte Carlo was
selected as the pace car for NASCAR's Brickyard 400, held August 4, 2002 at
the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Chevrolet has sponsored the Brickyard
400 since its inception in 1994 and is contracted as the sole provider of
support vehicles for the race. Previous pace cars include the Chevy
C-1500 pickup (1995), Camaro Z-28 (1996), and six previous versions of the
Monte Carlo (1994 and 1997-2001).
This year's pace car is a 2003 edition Monte Carlo SS in
Superior Blue paint and Galaxy Silver ground effects. The car's
graphics include the Brickyard 400 logo and Warner Brothers' "Taz",
Team Monte Carlo's official mascot. The car was driven by Chevrolet
general manager Kurt Ritter.
Few modifications were made to allow the Monte Carlo to perform its
pace car duties.
Under-the-hood changes include a revised fresh air induction system,
installation of a low-restriction exhaust and increased engine cooling
capability which raise output of the normally-aspirated 3800 V6 to 230
horsepower at 5200 rpm and 250 lbs.-ft. of torque – an increase of 30
horsepower and 25 lbs.-ft. of torque compared to the production vehicle. The
suspension system has been mildly lowered and the special cast aluminum
wheels are wrapped with Goodyear Eagle GS/C P245/50ZR-17 performance tires.1
Accompanying the Monte Carlo pace cars at the Brickyard
400 was a fleet of silver Chevy Camaro convertibles. Twelve Z-28s,
reused from the Indy 500 festivities, and 44 SS models were used for
festival and parade duties, all decked out with Brickyard 400
graphics. 43 of the 44 Camaro SS convertibles were later distributed
to Chevy dealers in the North Central Region to be sold to the public.
A list of dealerships receiving
Brickyard 400 Camaro SS festival cars can be found here.
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