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The Camaro Pace Car Will Pace The Xfinity Series Race On Saturday Leading Up To Sunday’s Daytona 500

2022 Chevrolet Camaro Daytona 500 Pace Car Rapid Blue
Image via Chevrolet

Sunday, February 14 represents Valentine’s Day. And if you’re a couple that enjoys motorsports, Nascar specifically, you’re in luck! The 2021 Daytona 500 happens to fall on the same day, and if you’re a Chevrolet fan, the news gets even better: three different vehicles representing the bowtie brand will assume pace car duties through the weekend. They are: the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 RST, 2021 Corvette Stingray Coupe, and 2022 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE.

All three Chevrolet pace cars will be painted in Rapid Blue, which becomes available to the 2022 Camaro after being exclusive to the C8 Corvette. The Silverado will simply dress the part for the race. Each Rapid Blue, small-block V8-powered vehicle will pace a different race for the weekend, as follows:

    • 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 RST: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ NextEra Energy 250 at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday, February 12
    • 2022 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE: Xfinity Series’ Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. 300 at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 13
    • 2021 Corvette Stingray: 2021 Daytona 500, Sunday, February 14 at 2:30 p.m. ET.
2021 Corvette Stingray Coupe Rapid Blue Daytona 500 Pace Car
Image via Chevrolet

This marks the sixth time a Corvette has paced the Daytona 500. Overall, Chevrolet has paced The Great American Race 14 times, and had cars winning the race a record 24 times. In total, Chevy says that its pace cars total 1,370 horsepower from 24 naturally aspirated cylinders. Glorious.

Along with the 2022 Chevrolet Camaro, 2021 Corvette and 2021 Silverado, Team Chevy will present a behind-the-scenes look at elements of Daytona’s history and the technology used in current Daytona races.

The showcase is called “Live from Daytona,” and will also showcase the striking GM Firebird I concept, which is the vehicle that depicted as the Harley J. Earl trophy that goes to the race winner. The activation will also feature both the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE street and NASCAR Cup Series cars, and feature the 2021 Daytona 500 Corvette pace car for an up-close view.

“Live from Daytona” is presented by Chevy MyWay, a virtual showroom-like studio, providing customers a new and innovative way to interact with Chevrolet products. The free 20-minute broadcast is open to all, and begins Saturday, Feb. 13, at 11 a.m. ET on

2021 2022 Chevrolet Corvette Camaro SS 1LE Silverado 1500 RST Stingray Daytona 500 Pace Car Rapid Blue

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.


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