The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Paced the Daytona 500 for the Very First Time


During a weekend that’s notorious for performance cars, the all-new Chevrolet Silverado surely dominated the famed Daytona 500 racing event. Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. Vice President of Performance and Motorsports, said, “The Daytona 500 weekend is home to some of the most memorable moments in racing. This is an exciting opportunity to introduce the strongest, most advanced Silverado ever to race fans all weekend long.”

For starters, Chevy introduced a completely redesigned race truck with fresh track livery for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. It’s been five years since the Silverado has seen a redesign of this magnitude. The most successful truck to ever compete in the series since its inception in 1995, the Silverado also has more than 230 wins to its name.  

On top of that, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado has officially become the first truck to ever pace the Great American Race. Two-time Daytona 500 winner and racing fan-favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. was selected to drive the new Chevy Silverado during this incredible moment in the race’s colorful 61-year history. The Silverado that paced the Daytona 500 was powered by a mighty 6.2-liter V8 engine with a 10-speed automatic transmission and produced a whopping 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. It also required no additional modifications to keep up with the other NASCAR cars on the track.

And lastly, Chevrolet (through its Chevy Cares partnership with the American Cancer Society) sponsored Joey Miller and his family to camp out in six Silverados fully-equipped with tents on the Daytona Motor Speedway infield -- the first-ever to do so. Sandor Piszar, Director of Chevrolet Truck Marketing, explained why Joey was a perfect choice: “When we heard Joey’s story, we knew we had to do something. Joey has raised a significant amount of donations for cancer research, and has inspired dozens of people to join his team. Hosting Joey and his family for the Daytona 500 is a small way Chevrolet can recognize his efforts for helping others.”


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