MT. PLEASANT, Mich -- The 2019 Silverado is set to make Daytona 500 history this year, by becoming the first truck to pace the Great American Race. The pacer truck will be driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr., a driver who is familiar with leading the pack, having won the Dayona 500 twice, among numerous other racing accomplishments.
Chevrolet has paced the Daytona 500 12 times, 7 with the Camaro and 5 with the Corvette, but, in the words of Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, the company is beyond thrilled to "have Dale lead the field to green in the strongest, most advanced Silverado ever.". He went on to say "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.".
Chevrolet isn't the only one looking forward to this history-making venture, Dale said "I've had a lot of fun and success at Daytona over the years, and now I can't wait to get out that track in a Silverado...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.".
The Silverado pace truck is powered by a production 6.2L V-8 engine paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, delivering 420 HP and a 460 Lb-Ft of torque.
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