Chevrolet Silverado to Pace 2019 Daytona 500
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will find himself in a very familiar place at the 2019 Daytona 500: at the front of the pack. A 2-time Daytona 500 winner, he will drive the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado pace truck to lead the field to green for the 61st running of The Great American Race. This is the first time the Daytona 500 will be paced by a pickup truck.
In addition to winning The Great American Race in 2004 and 2014, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was a 2-time winner of the July race at Daytona, overall scoring 4 wins, 13 top 5 finishes and 19 top 10s in 36 NASCAR Cup Series career starts at Daytona International Speedway. He was voted the sport’s Most Popular Driver for 15 consecutive years.
“Dale Earnhardt Jr. was the perfect choice to pace the race because of his enthusiasm for the sport, his long history with Chevrolet and his love of trucks,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “It’ll be exciting to have Dale lead the field to green in the strongest, most advanced Silverado ever.”
The Silverado pace truck is powered by a production 6.2 l V-8 engine paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. It delivers 420 hp and 460 lbf-ft of torque.
Chevrolet has paced the Daytona 500 a total of 12 times, 7 with Camaro and 5 with Corvette.
© InfraStructures - Tous droits réservés - All rights reserved