For the first time in the 61 year history of the Daytona 500, there will be a truck leading the pack. A bright blue 2019 Chevrolet Silverado pace truck will be driven by none other than a legend to the sport, Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Earnhardt Jr. has won the Daytona 500 twice, once in 2004 and again in 2014. He also won two Daytonas in July making it a total of four wins for him on the famous race track. Jr. completed his racing Daytona days with 13 top 5 finishes and 19 top 10 finishes with a total of 36 Daytona starts altogether.
“I’ve had a lot of fun and a lot of success at Daytona over the years, and now I can’t wait to get out on that track in a Silverado,” says Earnhardt Jr. “Away from the track I’ve driven Chevy trucks all my life, and I’m excited to have this unique experience of pacing the Daytona 500 with the Silverado.”
This new Silverado pacing The Great American Race marks the 12th time that Chevrolet will take the pace car honors at Daytona. The Camaro took pace car duties 7 times and the Corvette 5 times.
The Silverado has a 6.2-liter V8 that pumps out 420 horsepower and cranks 460 lbs.-ft. of torque, the type of power the veteran race car driver can surely handle.
“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,” says 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 Daytona 500 will be held on February 17th, and as always will be one more Great American Race.