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Mark Reuss with the VF Commodore based Chevrolet SS

VF export edition becomes a "Pace Car"

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25th February, 2013

Mark Reuss, General Motors North America president (formerly the boss at Holden), was the honorary pace car driver yesterday for the 55th running of the Daytona 500.

He was behind the wheel of a 2014 production Chevrolet SS, the made in Australia sports sedan based on the new Holden VF series.

“Leading the Daytona 500 starting field to green driving a 2014 Chevrolet SS pace car on one of the most famous race tracks in the world will be a special honour for me,” Reuss said days before the event. “I can’t wait to drive across the start/finish line and on into Turn 1. I know it will be difficult to turn down onto pit road when it’s over because I will want to make that moment last as long as possible.”

The 2014 Chevrolet SS pace car has been busy during its Speedweeks debut, earlier pacing The Sprint Unlimited and other events. The 2014 Chevrolet SS is the first V-8, rear-wheel-drive performance sedan for Chevrolet since 1996.

“The Chevrolet brand was largely built on the strength of rear-drive performance sedans, yet it's been 17 years since we've offered one,” Reuss said when the production car was unveiled at the track the prior week-end. “The all-new Chevrolet SS fills that void and fills it better than any other vehicle in the brand’s rich history. The comfort, convenience, spaciousness and V8 power make the SS a total performance package unlike any other on the road today.” he added when he failed to recognise Chrysler have a high performance rear-drive V8 sedan and Ford have a high performance rear-drive 2-door.

The Chevrolet SS accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in about five seconds.

The 2014 Chevrolet SS will be available in the USA during the fourth quarter of 2013.

This is the first time Reuss has been an honorary pace car driver for a NASCAR race.

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