It’s official! Roger ‘The Captain Penske’ has been named as the official pace car driver for next months 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Penske whose team have won two of the first three Verizon IndyCar Series races in 2016 is celebrating his 50th year in motorsport. The Captain’s team also go into the month of May as the reigning Indianapolis 500 winning team after Juan Pablo Montoya took victory last season.
Speaking at the announcement of the Indy 500 pace car driver, president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway J Douglas Boyles commented by saying:
Chevrolet and Roger Penske are inextricably linked to the heritage of the Indianapolis 500, When he leads the pack on May 29, behind the wheel of the Camaro SS, he will drive the race into its next 100 years and strengthen the bond Chevrolet and Indianapolis forged a century ago.
Mark Reuss, Executive Vice President of Global Product, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain at Chevrolet commented by saying:
Chevrolet and the Indianapolis 500 have a long, storied history and it’s an honor to mark the respective milestones of the Indy 500 race and the Camaro simultaneously, It’s also a privilege to have Roger Penske perform the driving duties, as his team has helped Chevrolet earn four consecutive INDYCAR manufacturer titles since 2012.
A fleet of four identical 2017 Camaro SS will be used over the course of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Penngrade Motor Oil with the winner of the race driving away with the car.