As we reported earlier, the honor of pacing this year’s Indianapolis 500 race has been given to the 2013 Corvette ZR1 with 6-th anniversary package. It’s a very cool car, and worthy of the job given to it. But the driver they chose to pace the race, isn’t really that cool. He’s a chef, he’s fat, and he’s not that famous, is he. He is Guy Fieri from Food Network’s hit show “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.”
Fieri, however, has a large collection of classic cars, most of them Chevys. Which is probably why they picked him in the first place. He owns a red 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS convertible that is featured on his show. Among others, Fieri also has a 2011 Camaro SS convertible, 2007 Corvette, 1970 Chevelle SS 454, 1967 C10 pickup, 2006 Kodiak C4500 4X4, 2006 Silverado 2500 and a 2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV.
The 640-hp Corvette ZR1 will pace the 2012 Indy 500 to mark the 23rd time a Chevrolet has paced America’s big race. This car also marks the final year of production for the current generation Corvette.
“We are excited to have Guy Fieri drive the Corvette ZR1, the official Pace Car for the 2012 Indianapolis 500,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet vice president, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “Guy will bring his genuine enthusiasm as he leads the starting field to the green flag for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500. We are humbled by his passion for Chevy and ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.’”