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2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Daytona 500 Pace Car
2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Daytona 500 Pace Car

Corvette Of The Day: 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Daytona 500 Pace Car

The Corvette Z06 that served as the Daytona 500 pace car was mechanically identical to those available at Chevrolet dealerships. It was the fastest vehicle ever offered by Chevrolet and General Motors. With 505 horsepower (377 kw) and 470 lb.-ft. of torque (637 Nm) from its 7.0L all-aluminum, racing-inspired engine, the Corvette Z06 leaps from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 198 mph.

2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Daytona 500 Pace Car
2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Daytona 500 Pace Car

The Corvette Z06 Daytona 500 wears a unique paint scheme, inspired by the hot-to-cool color transition of a space capsule entering Earth’s atmosphere at a high rate of speed. The paint scheme is carried out with an elaborate, interlocking scallops design – a twist on hot rod-style flames – that blends “hot” Lemon Drop yellow at the nose of the Corvette with Lemon Glow, Amber Ecstasy, Blazing Copper and Hot Poppy. The colors culminate with a cool Sapphire Trance blue color at the rear of the vehicle. DuPont, the sponsor of Jeff Gordon’s No. 24 Monte Carlo, supplied the colors, which are from the company’s “Hot Hues” line of automotive paint.

2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Daytona 500 Pace Car
2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Daytona 500 Pace Car