1993 Camaro Z28 - Indianapolis 500 Pace Car
77th Indianapolis 500 - May 30, 1993
Driver (Start of the race) - Jim Perkins
Driver (Caution periods) - Don Bailey
1993 began the 4th generation Camaro with another major redesign... and another stint as the official Indy 500 Pace car. This was the fourth time that Camaro had paced the racers at the Brickyard, which at the time was a record. As with previous pace cars, Chevy released limited edition replica Camaros for sale to the public. A total of 633 Camaro Pace cars were sold that year.
The Pace cars all featured a unique black over white paint scheme with colorful ribbon graphics at the mid body line. These started at tight stripes at the nose and split apart to become waving banners as they made their way toward the tail of the car. Other Indy decorations included a circular badge recessed into the nose, colorful decals on each door and more decals on each front fender and B pillar. Special white wheels completed the exterior look. The multi-colored stripes on the body were echoed on the custom interior. Black and white seats and door panels were unique to the pace cars.
The Camaro that actually did pace car duty was driven by Jim Perkins, a general manager for Chevrolet who was instrumental in both Camaro and Corvette history. It was powered by a stock 5.7L V8 with 275 horsepower, a powerful enough engine right out of the factory that really no modifications needed to be made in order to satisfy track requirements. The transmission was actually a Corvette 4 speed automatic.