The new Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is a special car that deserves a special driver. That's why Dario Franchitti will be the person behind the wheel as he takes the first few laps in the official pace car in the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 25. Dario makes his return to the track for the first time since he crashed and suffered a career-ending injury in 2013. Even though he unfortunately won't be in an IndyCar among his former opponents, he's excited to be a part of the race once again. 

“It is a tremendous honor for me to be asked to drive the pace car for the Indianapolis 500," Franchitti said in a press release. "As a historian of motorsport and as a three-time winner of this great race, I will appreciate every minute of getting to pace the field in the new 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. Although I won't be competing in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, this will be as close as one person can get to the action. I can't wait until May in Indianapolis.”

This is the eighth time the Camaro has been the pace car for the Indy 500 and the 25th time a Chevy has been in front of the pack. Last year, if you remember, the brand new Corvette Stingray took charge, but with a 505hp, 7.0L V8, the Z/28 should steal plenty of hearts. 

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[via Chevrolet