FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 26, 2009
P ZERO PACES THE PACK AT INDY 500
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Pirelli’s P Zero paced the 93rd running of the Indy 500 motor race this weekend at The Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Sunday, May 24th, 2009. This year’s race marks fifth time the Chevrolet Camaro has been selected to pace (1967, 1969, 1982, 1993, and 2009), and the 20th race paced by a Chevrolet – and the 44th by a General Motors vehicle.
The Pirelli P Zero legend sets new ultra-high-performance standards and has achieved a level of excellence to complement the world’s most exclusive sports cars – including the new Chevrolet Camaro 20” wheel fitment. A combination of technological features eliminates the previously unavoidable compromises associated with extreme driving: performance and comfort, acceleration and braking, on both road and track, in wet and dry. The Indy Pace Car rides on P245/45ZR20 XL 103Y Pirelli P Zero tires – original equipment on the all-new 2010 Chevrolet Camaro.
“The Chevrolet Camaro first paced the Indianapolis 500 in 1967 with one of the most loved Pace Cars of all times, followed by the 1969 Indy 500 Camaro Pace Car with the hugger orange paint scheme,” said Joie Chitwood, CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “Just 40 years after that car made its mark as a Pace Car favorite, we’re pleased to have Camaro return to the streets and to the track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to start our Centennial Era.”
Chevrolet’s all-new 2010 Camaro is powered by a 6.2 liter LS3 V8 with 426 horsepower at 5,900 rpm and 420 lb-ft of torque at 4,600 rpm. Power is transmitted through a Tremec six-speed manual transmission, a 3.45 axle ratio and put to the ground by 20” Pirelli P Zero ultra-high-performance tires. Modifications needed to transform the stock Camaro SS into the 2009 Indy Pace Car included a strobe-light system, a custom light bar, and a bold red and silver paint scheme.
Pirelli Tire North America designs, develops, manufactures and markets tires for passenger vehicles in both the original equipment and replacement markets as well as markets and distributes tires for motorcycles and motorsports. Located in Rome, Georgia, Pirelli’s Modular Integrated Robotized System (MIRS) employs state-of-the-art technology to manufacture tires for both export and domestic markets. For more information please visit www.us.pirelli.com.
Rafael Navarro, Director Communications & Motorsports
Joe Severns, Public Relations Manager