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'The Donald' takes the wheel of Indy 500 Camaro pace car

Posted by Bill Griffith  April 6, 2011 10:59 AM

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Donald Trump will be driving the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro convertible pace car to lead the field of 33 drivers to the start of the 100th Indianapolis 500 on May 29.

Most of us will wonder what he'll do about The Hair? Will he wear a helmet? A cap with a strap? Or let those tresses trail in the slipstream?

The Camaro convertible has a 400-horsepower V-8 engine and six-speed automatic transmission. The car won't have any performance modifications for its ceremonial duty (though the manual version makes 26 more horsepower). The Camaro's color scheme will be similar to that used on the 1969 Camaro pace cars that have been among the most collectible muscle cars in the world for decades.

Clearly, The Donald didn't think this was a job for "The Apprentice," though many would have vied for the honor.

Also driving for one of the parade laps will be Addison Brown of Scottsdale, Ariz., driving a pace car replica she won with a winning $225,000 bid at the Barrett-Jackson auction on Jan. 22. Chevrolet donated that money to the David Foster Foundation, dedicated to supporting families with children in need of live-saving organ transplants.

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