May is a special month for racing enthusiasts here in the United States. Whether you call it Indy, The 500, or the the greatest spectacle in racing, you know that May brings with it some of the most intense racing on the continent. This year marks the 105th running of the legendary Indianapolis 500, where thirty-three drivers will do 200 laps around the famous Brickyard. And while the IndyCar event really needs no introduction, automakers have supplied the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with festival cars to promote the event every year since the early 1960s. And just like last year, that honor has been bestowed upon Chevrolet. Thanks to some social media posts, we now have our first look at these 2021 Chevrolet Camaro Indy 500 festival cars.
As tradition goes, General Motors has cranked out a whole fleet of these 2021 Chevrolet Camaro Indy 500 festival cars for use around Indianapolis during the month ahead of the race. All of the cars appear to be Shock and Steel Edition models in SS trim, and come complete with a host of unique touches. The flanks of the cars are adorned with Grand Prix-specific decals, while the rear features the speedway’s iconic logo between the taillights. The Shock and Steel hood graphics also feature some Indy-inspired touches, marking the 105th anniversary of the event. While they are certainly not as exuberant as Indy 500 festival cars of the past, these Chevrolet Camaros will certainly catch the attention of passersby.
Chevrolet has a long history with the Indianapolis 500 and the IndyCar series. In fact, two of the Chevrolet brothers participated in the race during its infancy. Arthur Chevrolet raced in the inaugural event back in 1911, during which his Buick race car only made it through 30 laps of the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His brother Gaston was more successful in 1920, taking the overall victory in his Monroe-Frontenac racer. He was the first driver to complete the race without the need for a tire change, though Chevy would likely prefer you didn’t know that he had already left the company at that point. Overall, Chevrolet has won the race 11 times over the years behind drivers like Simon Pagenaud, Emerson Fittipaldi, and Juan Pablo Montoya.
The 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 will take place on May 30, with fans returning to the grandstands after last year’s spectator-free running. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the largest sporting arena in the world, so we’re sure there is plenty of room to keep things safe for everyone. That said, don’t expect all 232,000 seats to be filled. If you are around Indianapolis, let us know if you see these 2021 Camaro Indy 500 festival cars running around town!