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Old 04-22-2012, 09:33 AM   #51
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If you want one talk to an Indianapolis area Chevy dealer. I am sure you could leave a deposit now. Most will be released the week after the race. Some will be given away in contest and others saved for other local events. Brickyard 400, Moto GP and the Fair. ( I could also see one making it to a Colts pre-game! ). Festival cars often have 1000-3000 miles. I have seen them as low as 600 and as high as 4000. Not easy to request a number its just random. Awesome looking cars!
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Old 04-22-2012, 11:47 AM   #52
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Pretty sure the Pace Car was already announced as a Toyota Camry..
If that is true, that is pathetic. A freaking Camry leading a race. Yeah, when I think of performance I think of Camry. How things have changed, and NOT for the better.
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Old 04-22-2012, 11:48 AM   #53
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Old 04-22-2012, 12:09 PM   #54
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As always those that know aren't suppose to tell until the official unveiling. What they will say and we can repeat is it will definitely be a Camaro or a Corvette and looks like it likely will be unveiled opening day. Was also a short article on Indystar.com about it.

http://www.indystar.com/article/2012...419025#Scene_1

Indianapolis 500 pace car announcement next week
Cars that look like the Indianapolis 500’s pace car have been spotted in Indianapolis.

But as it turns out, a shipment of decaled 2012 Chevrolet Camaros now in Indianapolis will be used by the 500 Festival committee.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway spokesman Doug Boles said the official pace car will be announced next week.

“It’s either a Camaro or a Corvette,” he said, declining further comment.

The celebrity driver of the official pace car also still is to be announced. Last year, A.J. Foyt drove it after Donald Trump stepped aside amid controvery.

The 500 began the tradition of using a pace car to lead the field to the starting line. It has been traditional since 1936 that the race winner receives a pace car.

Fleets of Chevrolets will be used by IMS and IndyCar officials as well as celebrities and dignitaries during the month of May.

Call Star reporter Curt Cavin at (317) 444-6409.
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Old 04-22-2012, 12:16 PM   #55
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Maybe this is why the Zl1 orders have been sitting. GM has been getting all of these cars ready to go. Thanks GM for telling us and putting us on the back burner!!!
That is completely ridiculous thinking. It would take less than a day to churn these pace cars out. It wouldn't delay ZL1 orders for weeks.

This delayed your ZL1 more than these pace cars did.
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If that is true, that is pathetic. A freaking Camry leading a race. Yeah, when I think of performance I think of Camry. How things have changed, and NOT for the better.
Don't worry it's not true. I am concerned that next year it may be a Viper.
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Old 04-22-2012, 01:48 PM   #56
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Just out of curiosity, are the cars used to shuttle the VIP's and other track use sold as New cars or Used cars? And are they sold by the track or a local Chevy dealer?
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GM still retains ownership as they are just "loaned" to the track. They get sold to dealers as used cars (like demos). I can't remember exactly when I was shopping for mine - but I think the invoice on the used festival cars was like $1500 less than a brand new one.

But the mileage and wear can vary quite a bit.. When I was shopping for my 2010 (in 2011) the only Festival Cars left I found had close to 5k miles and many looked like "beaten down rental cars" lol. That was why I just chose to by mine as showroom new with 21 miles on it..
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Old 04-22-2012, 06:23 PM   #58
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Just out of curiosity, are the cars used to shuttle the VIP's and other track use sold as New cars or Used cars? And are they sold by the track or a local Chevy dealer?
I purchased my 2011 Festival car in June of 2011 it had 3,200 miles on it. It was sold as a new car with the original Certificate of Orgin from GM.

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GM still retains ownership as they are just "loaned" to the track. They get sold to dealers as used cars (like demos). I can't remember exactly when I was shopping for mine - but I think the invoice on the used festival cars was like $1500 less than a brand new one.

But the mileage and wear can vary quite a bit.. When I was shopping for my 2010 (in 2011) the only Festival Cars left I found had close to 5k miles and many looked like "beaten down rental cars" lol. That was why I just chose to by mine as showroom new with 21 miles on it..
I found this to be exactly the opposite. All of the festival cars are driven by the Indy 500 chairmen who are all professionals and they treat the cars great, yeah some might have a few bumps and bruises. Mine though was in great shape.

Many things to consider here... The festival cars usually are duplicates of the Pace Car. So it could be a ZL1 but, it would have to be a coupe as I don't think they could get the ZL1 vert yet. I would think that GM would like to go retro with the next Camaro Pace Car like for the upcoming 100th running of the Indy 500. GM did release a special version of the Vette this year as this is the last year of this generation corvette. My guess is that it will be a corvette this year... Using the Camaro Vert as the festival car then makes sense since it would be easier to sell them due to the pricing. Corvette festival cars would be 90+ K.
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Old 04-22-2012, 06:50 PM   #59
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Not a big white fan, But those look great with the ABM stripe. I'd take one in a heart beat
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National Corvette Museum is announcing and unveiling the 25th Anniversary Callaway Corvette April 23rd. Being Chevrolet's 100 Anniversary.. it would be fitting to see the Awesome Callaway Pace the Indy 500 with a Corvette Race Team member driving her.
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maaaaaaaaaann...stripes on bumpers again?

no one at GM noticed the stripes looked bad the 1st time...again on bumpers...:(
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Old 04-22-2012, 09:51 PM   #62
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Many things to consider here... The festival cars usually are duplicates of the Pace Car. So it could be a ZL1 but, it would have to be a coupe as I don't think they could get the ZL1 vert yet. I would think that GM would like to go retro with the next Camaro Pace Car like for the upcoming 100th running of the Indy 500. GM did release a special version of the Vette this year as this is the last year of this generation corvette. My guess is that it will be a corvette this year... Using the Camaro Vert as the festival car then makes sense since it would be easier to sell them due to the pricing. Corvette festival cars would be 90+ K.
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I honestly think (okay wish) what becky just posted is the pace car.
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Old 04-22-2012, 10:34 PM   #65
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I honestly think (okay wish) what becky just posted is the pace car.
Totally makes sense when you see the festival Camaros...

I still say it needs to be a ZL1... but could you imagine all the crying from everyone who didn't get a 2012...
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Old 04-22-2012, 10:59 PM   #66
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A.K.A. Cunningham (The originator copied by Carroll Shelby) or American Racing stripes.

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True, Cunningham used them first, but the colours white and blue were assigned. They did originate the double stripe though as most international teams assigned the second colour went with a single stripe.
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I purchased my 2011 Festival car in June of 2011 it had 3,200 miles on it. It was sold as a new car with the original Certificate of Orgin from GM.



I found this to be exactly the opposite. All of the festival cars are driven by the Indy 500 chairmen who are all professionals and they treat the cars great, yeah some might have a few bumps and bruises. Mine though was in great shape.
Well you bought yours pretty quickly after the race so you probably had some nice ones to choose from. 9 months after the race and the pickings are a bit slimmer .. I have seen professionals treat cars like crap as well. I once saw a guy who owned a vintage Ferrari using windex & paper towels on the outside (I about cried). I have also seen these Festival Cars parked in places around town that I would never park my car (including Wal-Mart between 2 beat up minivans!). They may not intentionally trash the cars, but they probably do not have the same level of OCD like many of us do..

At the time I was researching mine I found out from several sources that the Festival Cars (being used) carry a lower invoice to the dealer. The dealer may sell it as "new", but there is more room for negotiation in there..
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Yeah there are 54 cars, 33 get assigned to the 33 500 Festival BODs, the rest are "track" or "Speedway" cars which some go to the George Family members and Speedway execs. A small number of cars are used as promotional tools and will be cycled around and loaned to various radio and TV people for a day or two. I'd imagine the press rotation cars may get some hard miles on them.
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There really is something about the white Camaro. The lines somehow stand out a little more pronounced. Nice color configuration. I like the blue stripes. Bowtie on the hood doesn't look too bad either. Have to get used to it.

Wonder what these will be going for after the race. Lots I'm sure.
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There really is something about the white Camaro. The lines somehow stand out a little more pronounced. Nice color configuration. I like the blue stripes. Bowtie on the hood doesn't look too bad either. Have to get used to it.

Wonder what these will be going for after the race. Lots I'm sure.
Actually, from what I'm reading in this thread. They go for a little less than MSRP because they would actually be used/demo cars.
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Wanna be pace car driver.

It makes me want to put the stripes and decals on my car and see if I could get into the track. That would be quite the drive from NC though.
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It makes me want to put the stripes and decals on my car and see if I could get into the track. That would be quite the drive from NC though.
Or you could just pay ten bucks to get in But I see what you're saying. I had a truck once that was covered in the track sponsors. They let me in
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Other than the big Chevy logo on the hood, those cars look awesome with the Jetstream Blue or ABM type Pace car stripes.
exactly this.
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Or you could just pay ten bucks to get in But I see what you're saying. I had a truck once that was covered in the track sponsors. They let me in
We delivered a new engine once at a round track race and just pointed at the engine in the back when we got to the gate. They waved us right in. I guess they assumed it was for that nights race? Although that does happen!
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