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Roger Penske to drive special edition Indianapolis 500 Camaro SS pace car

The 2017 Camaro SS 50th Anniversary Edition will lead the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana next month, driven by motorsports legend Roger Penske, who is marking 50 years as a race team owner. (Photo by Bret Kelley/IMS for Chevrolet)

The 2017 Camaro SS 50th Anniversary Edition will lead the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana next month, driven by motorsports legend Roger Penske, who is marking 50 years as a race team owner. (Photo by Bret Kelley/IMS for Chevrolet)

Roger Penske, celebrating his 50th anniversary as a team owner, will lead the field to the green flag in the 100th Indianapolis 500.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Chevrolet made the announcement on Monday that Penske, a 16-time winner of the Indy 500, will pace the field in a 455-horsepower 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS 50th Anniversary edition.

"Chevrolet and Roger Penske are inextricably linked to the heritage of the Indianapolis 500," said J. Douglas Boles, president of IMS. "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."

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