The Chevrolet Corvette is back on pace-car duty at this year’s Daytona 500

Along with two other Chevys
by Stephen Dobie | Feb 13, 2021
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This, fine people of the Internet, is a mid-engined Corvette Stingray pace car. It’ll lead the competitors at the Daytona 500. It’s the sixth time a Corvette has been on duty, though the first since 2008 when a C6-gen ’Vette got the gig. The C7 never got a look in.

It’s also a stark change from 2020, when the opening lap of Daytona International Speedway by The Beast—aka the US presential limo—was with a man currently amid an impeachment trial. Time flies, huh?

The Chevrolet Corvette at the Daytona 500

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A bright blue ’Vette with a big V8 is a welcome return to simple form, then. Chevrolet is providing two other pace cars this weekend, too, with the image above containing a combined 1,370hp.

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So, while the ’Vette gets headline duty on February 14, the Silverado 1500 RST leads the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ NextEra Energy 250, and the Camaro SS 1LE is pacing the Xfinity Series’ ‘Beef, It’s What’s For Dinner 300’ on the eve of the Daytona 500. We promise we’re not making those names up...

The Chevrolet Corvette taking a turn at the Daytona 500

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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