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Chrysler,Heritage,Motorsports | May 30 2016

Chrysler cars have set the pace at the Indianapolis 500

The green flag drops today for the 100th  running of the Indianapolis 500. In the long and storied history of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” there have been 12 pace cars from the Chrysler family of brands which have led the Indianapolis 500 field.

The first time a Chrysler vehicle led the field was 90 years ago when the 1926 Chrysler Imperial 80 was selected as the pace car for the 1926 race.

Subsequent pace cars included:

1933 Imperial. Official pace car of the 1933 Indianapolis 500.

1933 Chrysler Imperial CL. Official pace car of the 1933 Indianapolis 500.

1941 Chrysler-Newport Phaeton

1951 Chrysler New Yorker. Official pace car of the 1951 Indianapolis 500.

1951 Chrysler New Yorker. Official pace car of the 1951 Indianapolis 500.

 

1954 Dodge Royal. Official pace car of the 1954 Indianapolis 500.

1954 Dodge Royal. Official pace car of the 1954 Indianapolis 500.

 

1956 DeSoto Fireflite. Official pace car of the 1956 Indianapolis 500.

1956 DeSoto Fireflite. Official pace car of the 1956 Indianapolis 500.

 

1963 Chrysler 300. Official pace car of the 1963 Indianapolis 500.

1963 Chrysler 300. Official pace car of the 1963 Indianapolis 500.

 

1965 Plymouth Fury. Official pace car of the 1965 Indianapolis 500.

1965 Plymouth Fury. Official pace car of the 1965 Indianapolis 500.

 1971 Dodge Challenger

 1987 Chrysler LeBaron

1991 Dodge Viper Prototype Indianapolis 500 Pacecar

1991 Dodge Viper prototype. Official pace car of the 1991 Indianapolis 500.

 

 

1996 Dodge Viper GTS. Official pace car of the 1996 Indianapolis 500.

1996 Dodge Viper GTS. Official pace car of the 1996 Indianapolis 500.

Edward Cardenas

Hello from the Motor City! I’m Edward Cardenas and I’m multimedia editor for FCA US. As a lifelong Detroiter, I have been surrounded by the automotive industry. I’ve had members of my immediate and extended family work in the industry. I’ve covered it as a journalist and advocated for it
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Hello from the Motor City! I’m Edward Cardenas and I’m multimedia editor for FCA US. As a lifelong Detroiter, I have been surrounded by the automotive industry. I’ve had members of my immediate and extended family work in the industry. I’ve covered it as a journalist and advocated for it as a communications professional. I have also experienced the thrills of the industry while riding in a race car at nearly 200 miles per hour. Having this breadth of experience, I look forward to drawing upon my experiences to bring a wide range of stories, photos and videos about Chrysler, FIAT and Alfa Romeo to FCA Digital Media. When I’m not covering my brands, I’m spending time with my wife and two boys.