2003 Chevrolet SSR Indianapolis 500 Pace Car Press Photo.
Reproduction photo printed on high quality, high gloss, acid free base stock photographic paper. Paper size is 10" x 8". Original press release photo proportions will cause larger white borders across top and bottom, thus the image itself will be smaller than paper size. Great reproduction.
Excerpts from Press Release:
CHEVY’S SSR READY TO SET THE PACE 2003 INDY 500
Heritage-Inspired Super Sport Roadster Is Prelude to Production Model
Indianapolis (March 26, 2003) -- Representatives from Chevrolet and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced today that the all-new 2003 Chevy SSR will serve as the Official Pace Vehicle for the 87th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 25.
The Chevy SSR that will serve as the Indy 500 Pace Vehicle is virtually identical to the 25 unique ‘Signature Series’ saleable units to be built before regular retail production and shipment in limited quantities to Chevrolet dealers begins this summer. The Signature Series vehicles will be used to create one-of-a-kind “pedigrees” for each vehicle before they are auctioned off during 2003.
“The SSR (standing for ‘Super Sport Roadster’) is like nothing else in the market today. It’s part roadster, part pickup and is a completely innovative expression of Chevy’s proud heritage”.
Two SSRs have been prepared for pace duties:
The primary pace vehicle emulates the appearance and content of a Signature Series model. When the checkered flag falls, it will be placed on display in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum.
The back-up pace vehicle is VIN #4 of the saleable Signature Series model run, carrying the signatures of John Middlebrook, GM Vice President for Vehicle Sales & Marketing, and Mark Reuss, Executive Director of Operations for GM Engineering & Special Vehicles. After the race it will continue to be used in various pedigree-building activities then, like nearly all other Signature Series units, will ultimately be offered for sale through auction.
A third SSR that emulates the appearance and content of a Signature Series model will be on display during the month of May for up-close viewing by visitors to Indy’s Hall of Fame Museum. After the May race it will be a welcome addition to GM’s historic collection in Detroit.
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