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Allstate 400 At The Brickyard

Brickyard 400 Pace Cars & Drivers

YEAR CAR GRAND MARSHALL DRIVER DURING RACE
2008 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 John McGinley John Middlebrook
2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Ted Denton
2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Chris Noth
2005 Chevrolet SSR Dennis Haysbert Brett Bodine
2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Brett Bodine
2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Buster Auton
2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS Kurt Ritter Buster Auton
2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS Jay Leno
2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS Buster Auton
1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS Buster Auton
1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Z34 Buster Auton
1997 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Z34 Buster Auton
1996 30th Anniversary Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Elmo Langley
1995 Chevrolet C/K Pickup Elmo Langley
1994 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Z34 Elmo Langley

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2007

2007 Pace Car

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2006

"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.

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2005

2005 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Pace Car driver

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.

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2004

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2003

2003 Pace car

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2002

2002 Pace car

Chevrolet's Monte Carlo brand will lead the field for the ninth annual Brickyard 400 on Aug. 4 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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) start.

"The opportunity to lead the pack to the start is, for me, a true honor," Ritter said. "However, I know I’ll feel the pride of everyone associated with Chevrolet... our engineers, our dealers and our customers, as if they will be riding along with me.

"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 'classy-with-a-wild-streak' look."

Among the Pace Car’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 Chevrolet Corvette.

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.

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2001

2001 Pace car

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2000

2000 Pace car

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1999

1999 BY 400 Pace car

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1998

1998 BY 400 Pace car

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1997

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1996

1996 BY 400 Pace car

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