|Year Car Grand Marshal Driver
Corvette Grand Sport
|Scrub's Star John McGinley serves as
Grand Marshal and waves the green flag
"We're excited to have the 505-hp Corvette Z06 back at the
world-famous Brickyard speedway as the Allstate 400 pace
car," said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager. "The
Corvette is so racing-ready that all we do is add strobe lights,
racing safety belts and a fun paint scheme and it's ready to
pound the bricks at up to 198 mph."
While all Corvettes are considered high-performance
machines, the Corvette Z06 stands out among its counterparts.
It is the fastest vehicle ever offered by Chevrolet and General
Motors. With 505 horsepower (377 kw) and 470 lb.-ft. of
torque (637 Nm) from its 7.0L all-aluminum, racing-inspired
engine, the Corvette Z06 leaps from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds
and has a top speed of 198 mph. It also differs from other
production Corvette models with extensive use of lightweight
materials, including carbon fiber front fenders and a chassis
comprised of aluminum and magnesium. A racing-ready
suspension and large, 18-inch front wheels and 19-inch rear
wheels help keep it glued to the tarmac.
Nor does the car require drivetrain modifications to satisfy its
role in front of the racing pack. With a dry-sump lubrication
system, the Z06's engine is equipped to handle the highest
cornering forces when traveling around Indianapolis Motor
Speedway's 12-degree banked turns. In the car's official
capacity, it is outfitted with a variety of safety equipment and
highly-visible strobe lights - but is still mechanically identical to
those available at Chevrolet dealerships.
The Corvette Z06 for the Allstate 400 wears a unique paint
scheme, inspired by an asymmetrical theme that conveys an
"empathic sense of motion," according to Kip Wasenko, the
pace car designer. "We've used the new sixth-generation
Corvette to pace several races recently and its shape is so
iconic that we're comfortable getting a little more abstract and
artistic with the pace car theme and not sticking to a design that
follows the lines of the car," Wasenko said. The Corvette Z06
features broad stripes of yellow, white and blue which
complement the Allstate 400 logo and resemble banners that
accentuate the car's sense of speed.
Television spokesperson and actor Dennis Haysbert is the
grand marshal of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on
Sunday, Aug. 7, 2005 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Haysbert will participate in pre-race activities, including a
ceremonial parade lap, and will wave the green flag to signal
the start of the 12th running of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard
Haysbert is perhaps best known as President David Palmer
from the critically acclaimed, award-winning FOX television
drama "24" In 2003, his performance in the show earned
Haysbert Golden Globe Award, NAACP Image Award and
Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. Haysbert made his
feature film debut in 1989, portraying baseball player Pedro
Cerrano in the sports comedy hit "Major League" and has
starred in other films, including "Heat" (1995) and "Waiting to
Exhale" (1995). Haysbert next will star in his own series,
"The Unit," for CBS.
Haysbert also is a spokesperson for Allstate Insurance
Company and has appeared in commercials for the
insurance company since 2003.
Eight-time Allstate 400 at the Brickyard starter Brett Bodine
drives the Chevrolet SSR Pace Vehicle during the race.
Bodine finished second to Jeff Gordon in the inaugural
Allstate 400 at the Brickyard in 1994.
Chevrolet's Monte Carlo brand will lead the field for the ninth
annual Brickyard 400 on Aug. 4 at the Indianapolis Motor
The 2002 edition of the race marks the sixth consecutive
year the Monte Carlo has paced the NASCAR Winston
Cup Series' finest to the green flag at Indy.
Kurt Ritter, general manager of General Motors' largest
marketing division, will be behind the wheel of the Monte
Carlo Pace Car as it leads the field to a 1:30 p.m. (EST)
"The opportunity to lead the pack to the start is, for me, a true
honor," Ritter said. "However, I know IÂ’ll feel the pride of
everyone associated with Chevrolet... our engineers, our
dealers and our customers, as if they will be riding along with
"Chevy's captured over 500 wins in NASCAR's modern era,
and Monte Carlo is, without question, the most successful
nameplate in NASCAR Winston Cup history. As a recognized
leader on the track, it makes perfect sense for us to expand
our motorsports heritage by putting it out in front of the pack
as a Pace Car."
General Motors' Special Vehicles team developed the Pace
Car from a 2003 Monte Carlo SS fresh off the assembly line
in Oshawa, Ontario.
Few modifications were made to enable it to perform its Pace
Car duties in the harsh environment of professional racing.
Under-the-hood changes include a revised fresh-air induction
system, installation of a low-restriction exhaust and increased
engine cooling capability, which raise output of the normally
aspirated 3800 V6 to 230 horsepower at 5200 rpm and 250
foot-pounds of torque, an increase of 30 horsepower and 25
foot-pounds of torque compared to the production vehicle.
The suspension system has been mildly lowered, and the
wheels are composed of special cast aluminum.
"We're very proud of this Brickyard 400 Pace Car," Ritter
said. "On Race Day, it will represent Monte Carlo at its
best, cruising around the track at the head of the pack.
With a unique Superior Blue exterior paint complimented
by Galaxy Silver ground effects, it really gives it that
Among the Pace CarÂ’s brightly colored graphics is the
image of Taz - the Warner Bros. cartoon character
recognized around the world. Taz is along for the ride as
Team Monte Carlo's official mascot and represents how
much more fun driving can be in a Monte Carlo. A limited
edition Pace Car replica will be available on the market
later in the year.
Chevrolet has paced every Brickyard 400 to date, a
testament to Chevrolet's commitment to the Indianapolis
Motor Speedway. Brickyard 400 pace vehicle assignments
have been Monte Carlo (1994, 1997-2002), the C/K Pickup
(1995) and Camaro (1996).
Chevrolet is also a major partner in the Indy Racing League,
which counts the world-famous Indianapolis 500-Mile Race
as its marquee event. Chevrolet supplies engines to a
number of IRL teams and paces the field at IRL races with a
The Monte Carlo will pace a total of 10 NASCAR Winston
Cup Series events in 2002; however, the Brickyard is the
only event to feature a car with the Superior Blue exterior
paint and Galaxy Silver ground effects. The car at all other
events is clad in a "Competition Yellow" paint scheme.
Actor John C. McGinley, best known for his
role as the sarcastic Dr. Perry Cox on the
long-running network comedy "Scrubs,"
was announced July 16 as the grand
marshal for the Allstate 400 at the
Brickyard on Sunday, July 27 at the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
This year will mark the historic 15th running
of the race
McGinley will be on-site at the famed
Brickyard to headline pre-race activities,
including the ceremonial waving of the
green flag, signaling the start of the race
to the 43 drivers and one of the largest
crowds in worldwide motorsports.
John Middlebrook to Pace Allstate 400 at the Brickyard in Corvette Z06
After 49 Years of Service, Retiring GM Exec to Lead Field to the Green
In 1997, when John Middlebrook served as Chevrolet's general manager, he said:
"Corvette is now, and will continue to remain Chevrolet's flagship. It is our
technological and image showcase. Even more importantly, Corvette stands as the
most singularly dramatic example of what we mean by 'Genuine Chevrolet.' Corvette
is much more than just a car. It's a love affair. Words alone fail to convey the passion
Just 11 years later, Middlebrook, who retired July 1 as GM vice president of global
sales, service and marketing operations, will share with the world his passion for
Corvette, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and NASCAR as he leads the field to
green in the 2008 Corvette Z06 pace car for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on July
"It is great honor for me to have the opportunity to drive the Corvette Z06 pace car at
the Indianapolis Motor Speedway," said Middlebrook. "There is a tremendous
Chevrolet heritage at the Speedway dating back to the involvement of Louis
Chevrolet in the Indianapolis 500 in the early-1900s. To play a small role in continuing
that tradition behind the wheel of the 505-hp Corvette pace car for NASCAR's 15th
Allstate 400 at the Brickyard is a memory I will embrace."
Middlebrook, whose career with General Motors spanned nearly five decades, has
made tremendous contributions to GM in a variety of roles over his career and is
well known and highly respected and admired throughout the industry as a true
sales and marketing professional.
"John has been an outstanding steward of motorsports throughout his career, and
it's only fitting to pay tribute to what he's meant to GM and to the sport by having him
drive the pace car at the Brickyard," said Ed Peper, North American vice president
of Chevrolet. "He is a true leader, and all of Chevy will be cheering him on as he
drives the car he loves--the Corvette Z06 pace car--as he leads the entire NASCAR
Sprint Cup starting field to the green flag in Sunday's race at the Indianapolis Motor
"John Middlebrook has been a valued friend and business partner of the Indianapolis
Motor Speedway for decades," said Joie Chitwood, Indianapolis Motor Speedway
president and chief operating officer. "His leadership, knowledge and experience
have been a driving force behind the longstanding relationship between IMS and
Chevrolet. We're looking forward to seeing him drive the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard
field to the green in a Corvette Z06."
John G. Middlebrook
Buster Auton has probably the 44th-most envied seat at any Nextel Cup
race. While the average fan isn't qualified to take one of the cars entered
in the race for a lap, just about everyone could handle the wheel of
Auton's pace car. Handling his job description is a little tougher.
A NASCAR inspector, Auton drives the track before every practice and
qualifying session and, on race day, leads the field to the green flag and
gathers it up during cautions periods.
"I just kind of look at the racetrack and make sure everything is ready for
practice," he said. "... (I) get the racetrack ready for practices, and if we
have an accident, go out and check it out and make sure the racetrack is
still safe for the rest of the practice. I do that on Friday, Saturday and on
Sunday ride in the pace car and hopefully make sure everything is safe
for the drivers."
One of the important but unnoticed aspects of Auton's job is setting pit
road speed. NASCAR race cars do not have speedometers, so drivers
determine their speed by tachometer readings. Knowing the proper
reading is crucial because drivers are assessed penalties for speeding
into or away from pit stops.
"We roll off and when we get up to pit road speed we set the cruise and
we turn the lights on," he said. "When we turn the lights on, they know
that's pit road speed. In the warmup laps, we do that the first two or three
or however many laps we run. And then the rest of he race we run
whatever the track (caution) speed is."
Auton stays in contact with race control officials located in the scoring
tower, providing information about possible debris or moisture. His
spotters help him race off pit road when the yellow flag flies so he can
get in front of the field and safely slow the pace from speeds faster than
100 mph to around 55. Auton said NASCAR's elimination of racing back
to the yellow flag probably made his job safer.
"It's always been pretty safe, but the tower tells me where everything's
at," he said. "You kind of look, but you just listen to what they tell you,
Elmo Langley serves as a pace car driver for NASCAR. He began racing cars in 1952. He
started his own team in 1965. A look at the Grand National or Winston Cup points standings
every season from the late-1960s through the mid-1970s reveals the name Elmo Langley
solidly in the top ten year after year during this transitional period for NASCAR. After retiring
from driving in 1977, Langley continued to field his car in Winston Cup competition, with the
driver's seat occupied by as many as 14 different racers in one season.
Langley stayed heavily involved in the sport even after selling his team in 1986. In 1987
Langley was running Cale Yarborough's team when NASCAR Winston Cup Director Dick
Beaty offered him a job with the sanctioning body that would still keep him close to the race
"You get burned out after 35 years of working on 'em, racing 'em, and managing teams,"
Langley says. "Those are 12-, 14-, 16-hour days, seven days a week. Dick Beaty
approached me after I had said something about being burned out on the race cars. The
opportunity came to do what I'm doing now, to work for NASCAR and drive the pace car. I just
decided this would be a lot easier but keep me involved with what I've been doing for 35 or 40
years, so I took the job."
"Even drivers that have ridden in the pace car didn't know there was that much to it,"
Langley replies. "There's a lot of responsibility. You always have to know who the leader is.
When they put it out (the yellow flag) you have to pick up that leader. It's my decision to look
and make sure that, if there's been an accident, that everything is picked up. If there's an
engine blown and oil was put down on the track, it's my decision when they go back to green
and that the track is clear. There's a lot more responsibility than what somebody thinks."
When he's not driving the pace car, Elmo Langley helps inspect the stock cars to make sure
they're as safe as possible. Elmo is proud of NASCAR's safety record, even if the search for
safety has led to some ideas that didn't really work out. Take, for example, the use of two pace
cars when NASCAR first tried to lower speeds along pit road in 1991.
"I knew that the two paces cars wasn't going to work when they started that, but they were
searching then for a safer pit road," Langley notes. "When I first started driving the pace car,
pit road was dangerous because I would pick up the field, and then at the entrance to pit road
they would peel off and run full bore down pit road to their stalls. They'd change tires, and
almost be exiting pit road by the time I got down there in the pace car on the racetrack.
"That was just a dangerous situation -- it was more dangerous on pit road than it ever was in
a race car," Langley continues. "Now that they have cut down the pit road speed, and no one
can pass the pace car, that's made pit road 100 per cent safer. Anytime there's anything
NASCAR can do to make something safer they do it."
Tyler Hansbrough is the grand marshal for the
2009 Brickyard 400 and will wave the green
He is the Indiana Pacers 2009 first-round draft
pick. Hansbrough, a 6-foot 9-inch forward, was
the all-time scoring leader for the North Carolina
“I’m really looking forward to this,” Hansbrough
said. “I’m honored to have been selected and I
heard when Reggie Miller waved the green flag
to start the Indy 500, he said it was one of the
coolest things he has ever done so I can’t wait.”
Corvettes were the parade cars
and had the driver's name and
Nascar driver's name on the hood.
This black car had AJ Foyt driving
Derrick Cope around.
Driving the Pace Car on Sunday will be Hope
Solo, goalie for the U.S. Women’s soccer team.
Hope becomes just the third woman to pilot a pace
car at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and is the
first woman to do so for the Brickyard 400.
A 2011 Supersonic Blue Corvette Grand Sport Coupe is the Pace Car for the
2011 Brickyard 400.
White Corvette and Camaros served as festival
Ron Howard, 58, will drive the pace car for
the Brickyard 400 on July 29 at Indianapolis
He will be a guest of four-time Sprint Cup
champion Jeff Gordon in his first visit to the
In a released statement, Howard said:
"I've been a longtime admirer of Jeff's work
both on and off the track. Not only is he a
stellar driver, but his commitment to ending
older hunger in America shows his passion
for helping others. I'm honored to drive the
Pace Car at IMS, and I thank NASCAR for
giving me this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
ESPN "SportsCenter" anchor and Indiana University
graduate Sage Steele will drive the Chevrolet
Camaro ZL1 Pace Car to lead the field of NASCAR
Sprint Cup Series superstars to the start of the
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on Sunday, July 28 at the Indianapolis Motor
Chevrolet also paced the previous 19 Sprint Cup
races at IMS, and this year's Brickyard 400 will mark
the sixth time a Camaro has paced the race.
"I am honored and just floored that it's all coming full
circle like this," said Steele, who also graduated from
high school in the Indianapolis area. "I could not be
more thrilled because of what Indianapolis means to
me and that's where my love of racing began. I
never in a million years thought I'd be asked to do
something like this. It just means more to me than
anything I've ever been asked to do."
The Camaro ZL1 Coupe can go from 0-60 mph in 3.9
seconds.. It is powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged
Chevrolet small block V8 that delivers 580 horsepower and
556 lb.-ft. of torque, and has a top speed of 184 miles per
The Camaro ZL1 also features a factory-installed engine oil
cooler, high capacity transmission oil cooler (automatic and
manual) and differential cooler, Magnetic Ride ControlTM,
world-class Brembo® brakes and 4-wheel independent
Actor Chris Pratt - star of the
soon-to-be-released movie "Guardians of the
Galaxy" - will serve as honorary pace car
driver in a 2014 red and silver Chevrolet SS
pace car for the Bricklyard 400 on Sunday,
July 27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Pratt has also appeared in 'Zero Dark Thirty'
The SS is Chevrolet's first V-8 rear-wheel-
drive performance sedan since 1996. It is
powered by the LS3 Chevrolet V-8, delivering
an SAE-certified 415 horsepower and 415
lb.-ft. of torque, and is matched with a
six-speed automatic transmission that can be
shifted manually using TAPshift paddles
mounted on the steering wheel.
In addition to pacing, Chevrolet has
campaigned the SS as its race car in
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition since
2013, making its debut with a victory in the
season-opening Daytona 500. Jimmie
Johnson drove a Chevrolet SS in '13 to his
sixth series driver's championship. The
Chevrolet SS also won 16 of 36 races last
season as Chevrolet won its 11th consecutive
manufacturer's championship. Chevrolet has
won nine of the first 10 races this year with
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. kicking off the 2014
season with a Daytona 500 win. Chevrolet has
also won 11 consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup
Series races at the Brickyard (2003-2013)
and 15 of 20 overall in the history of the
Brickyard 400, including the inaugural race in
1994 with Jeff Gordon's win.
Chevrolet will pace every race during the Super Weekend at
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Chevrolets will pace with:
Camaro ZL1 in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge;
Corvette convertible in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
and Camaro 1LE in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Indianapolis native Lauren Holiday, a midfielder on the 2015 FIFA Women's World
Cup-winning U.S. National soccer team, will drive the Chevrolet SS pace car to start
Sunday's Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard.
"It's been an incredible month for me, winning a world title while representing the United
States," Holiday said. "This will be another incredible thrill, driving a pace car in my
hometown in front of the greatest race fans in the world."
Holiday attended Ben Davis High School and has played on U.S. National teams for a
decade. She has won two Olympic gold medals and has played in two World Cups. In
the United States' 5-2 win over Japan in the championship match on July 5, she scored
This is the second year in a row that the
Chevrolet SS has served as the pace car.
The SS in 2015 adds more performance-
oriented features that enhance its dynamic
driving experience, like Magnetic Ride Control
and a six-speed manual transmission.
Posing with the car is Jeff Kyle, a Marine Corps
sergeant who served from 2000 to 2008 in the
infantry and reserves. He received the Navy
Achievement Medal, and he was deployed to Iraq
twice, in addition to Africa and several other
locations overseas. NASCAR has chosen to
name this year's Brickyard 400 after him.