Chevrolet Dominates Daytona 500 Pace with Corvette, Camaro, and Silverado Models

Chevrolet Paced Daytona with 1370 Total Horsepower

Corvette, Camaro, and Silverado Paced Three Different NASCAR Touring Series

Corvette, Camaro and Silverado are set to pace three different NASCAR touring series races this weekend. Each Chevrolet model powered by a distinct variant of Chevy’s famed 6.2L small block V-8 engine with ties to Chevrolet Cup Series racing engines. (HHP/Harold Hinson)
Corvette, Camaro and Silverado are set to pace three different NASCAR touring series races this weekend. Each Chevrolet model powered by a distinct variant of Chevy’s famed 6.2L small block V-8 engine with ties to Chevrolet Cup Series racing engines. (HHP/Harold Hinson)

February 2021 at the Dayton International Speedway, Chevrolet paced all three NASCAR national touring series races. Each season-opening race was paced by a different Chevrolet model powered by a distinct variant of Chevy’s famed 6.2L small block V-8 engine with ties to Chevrolet Cup Series racing engines. Chevrolet’s three pace vehicles produced a cumulative 1370 horsepower.

The mid-engine Corvette Stingray coupe will serve as the pace car for the renowned Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 14. This marks the sixth time a Corvette has paced the Daytona 500. (HHP/Harold Hinson)
The mid-engine Corvette Stingray coupe will serve as the pace car for the renowned Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 14. This marks the sixth time a Corvette has paced the Daytona 500. (HHP/Harold Hinson)

The mid-engine Corvette Stingray coupe served as the pace car for the renowned Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 14. At the heart of Corvette is an LT2 V-8, visible through the rear glass hatch, which produces 495 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft of torque when equipped with the Z51 performance package – the most horsepower and torque for any entry Corvette.

Also pacing the field that weekend was the Silverado 1500 RST in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ NextEra Energy 250 on Friday, Feb. 12, and the Camaro SS 1LE in the Xfinity Series’ Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. 300 on Saturday, Feb. 13.

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All three Chevrolet pace vehicles have a racy red, white, and blue theme inspired by the 2021 Daytona 500 logo. The Corvette-exclusive Rapid Blue color is featured on each vehicle and will make its debut as an available option on the 2022 Camaro. A tiled pattern using the Chevrolet bowtie, red accents, bold white lettering, and pace car lighting complete the look for Corvette, Camaro, and Silverado. This marks the sixth time a Corvette has paced the Daytona 500. Overall, Chevrolet has paced The Great American Race 14 times.

The 455-horsepower LT1-powered 2021 Camaro SS 1LE is equipped to deliver high-performance thrills. The optional 1LE performance package with magnetic ride control offers 1.02g cornering capability.
Silverado is built to do the job right – every time. The Silverado RST is powered by an optional 6.2L EcoTec3 V-8 engine, which offers 420 horsepower.

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