Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti will drive a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 to pace the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 25.
It’s the eighth time a Camaro has been the pace car, starting in 1967 – and the 25th time a Chevrolet has paced the race.
Franchitti won the Indy 500 in 2007, 2010 and 2012, and he is only the third driver ever to win at least three consecutive IndyCar titles – among four championships overall. Franchitti’s appearance in the Camaro Z/28pace car signals a new start in his career as he embarks on a driver development role with Chip Ganassi Racing, which will use Chevrolet power in the 2014 IndyCar season.
“Dario is a true champion who has earned the respect of competitors and race fans alike,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports. “It will be very special to have Dario lead the field to the green flag in the Camaro Z/28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”
Said Franchitti: “It is a tremendous honor for me to be asked to drive the Pace Car for the Indianapolis 500. As a historian of motorsport and as a three-time winner of this great race, I will appreciate every minute of getting to pace the field in the new 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. Although I won’t be competing in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, this will be as close as one person can get to the action. I can’t wait until May in Indianapolis.” Read more!
The first retail production 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, the most track-capable Corvette in the brand’s history, will be auctioned to benefit the Karmanos Cancer Institute. The Barrett-Jackson auction house will offer the supercar during its Collector Car Auction in Palm Beach, Fla., on April 12.
The auction extends General Motors’ long-standing support of the Karmanos Cancer Institute, one of 41 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the country, which last year raised $1 million by auctioning the first 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible at Barrett-Jackson.
This year, Chevrolet is donating the all-new Corvette Z06 in support of Karmanos Cancer Institute’s 32nd Annual Dinner. All proceeds from the auction will go to the renovation of the Institute’s infusion center, providing a more comfortable and soothing setting for patients to receive chemotherapy treatments.
GM President Dan Ammann and his wife, Pernilla, chief operating officer of Mother New York, will chair the Annual Dinner on Saturday, April 26, at the Fox Theatre. This is the fourth consecutive year that a member of GM senior leadership has chaired the event. Read more!
The ChevroletCamaro Z/28 returns to its racing roots this week when the all-new Camaro Z/28.R race car debuts in a 2.5-hour endurance race ahead of the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona. It will be one of the most production-based competitors on the track, sharing aero, engine and even axle components with the new 2014Camaro Z/28.
Stevenson Motorsports and CKS Autosport will campaign Z/28.R race cars in the GS class of the IMSA Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge. The Daytona race begins at 1:45 p.m. EST, on Friday, Jan. 24, kicking off the 12-race 2014 season.
“The original Camaro Z/28 was designed for racing and became an iconic performance car through its hard-fought victories,” said Mark Kent, director of racing for Chevrolet. “A new chapter in racing begins this week, as the new Camaro Z/28 makes its competition debut in one of the most hotly contested series in motorsports.”
Developed alongside its production counterpart, the Z/28.R incorporates the same performance elements that make the 2014Camaro Z/28 the most track-capable Camaro ever. To enhance grip, for example, the Z/28.R’s body shares the same downforce-generating aero package as the production model, including:
Rear spoiler with wickerbill
Hood extractor vent
Rockers, wheel-house extensions and front tire deflectors
The Z/28.R is also powered by the same LS7 7.0L V-8 engine as the production Z/28 and employs the unique, helical-gear limited-slip rear differential found on the production model. It is standard in the Z/28, helping the driver put down more power to the pavement when exiting corners. Read more!
Chevrolet will auction the rights to purchase the first retail-production 2014 Camaro Z/28 and the first limited-production 2014 COPO Camaro this week at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale collector carauction with proceeds going to education and veteran empowerment groups.
The COPO Camaro will cross the block first, on Friday evening, Jan. 17, and Fox Business News will air the auction live. Carrying serial No.1 for 2014, the race car features a new, LS-based supercharged 350-cubic-inch engine and a one-off COPO Ice Blue Metallic satin paint scheme. Proceeds will benefit the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans.
The Camaro Z/28 – with the vehicle identification number ending in 0001 – is being sold on Saturday evening, Jan. 18, to benefit Detroit’s Cornerstone Schools. The National Geographic Channel will broadcast the auction.
“Chevrolet is excited to offer these two milestone cars for the Barrett-Jackson bidders, with all the proceeds going to help a pair of very worthy groups,” said Jim Campbell, General Motors U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. Read more!
The 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air is an amazing car, a legend, but this four-wheeled masterpiece you’re looking at was built by George Barris (aka the King of the Kustomizers) for Ringo Starr, the former drummer of the Beatles and still a global rock star!
This is probably one of the coolest customcars ever built. The Fitted with a flaming hood, the black coupe also sports a set of Cragar-stylewheels and side tailpipes. While visual modifications may be minor, the Corvette-style pipes change the car dramatically, turning it into a vehicle that any hot rod enthusiasts would drool upon, us included.
And if you wonder why we are featuring this unique Bel Air, well … you may become an owner of this customcar on February 7 in Paris, during an event hosted by Artcurial Motorcars. The Chevy, which also comes with a certificate of authenticity from George Barris, will be offered at no reserve and it’s estimated to fetch between €40,000 and €80,000 ($54,400 – $108,800). Read more for photos!
The 2014 COPO Camaro dragster is set to become a classic car in the future, according to Hagerty, who recently announced its annual Hot List of future collectibles.
The list includes 10 vehicles built in the United States, Europe and Asia, ranging from sportscars to sedans and crossovers that have an MSRP of less than $100,000. While most of the nominees have what it takes for a car to gain collectible status within the next 25 years, we we’re surprised to find that the COPO Camaro was also included on the list.
Hagerty’s main argument is that Chevrolet builds only 69 examples of the $90,000 COPOCamaro each year. Read more!
Shelby American has announced that its brand new Heritage Center and retail gift shop in Las Vegas is now open to the public. What was once the Carroll Shelby Museum will now be much larger and pair with the tour of the new facility.
The new showroom has dozens of iconic Shelby musclecars on display, including both classic and modern Mustangs and Cobras, as well as “artifacts from Carroll Shelby’s rich history”.
The Heritage Center is located at 6405 Ensworth Street, just one block west of Las Vegas Boulevard at Sunset Road, and can be visited Monday through Saturday from 8 AM – 6 PM and on Sunday from 10 AM – 4 PM.
Until you get a chance to travel to Las Vegas and visit the Heritage Center, you can check out a few pictures provided by Shelby American in our photo gallery section below. Make sure you don’t miss the almighty Shelby 1000 or the Dodge pickup truck. Click on Read more for photos!