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The Great American Disgrace

Daytona 500 Pace Car Horror: The 2012 Toyota Camry
Posted August 23 2011 11:01 AM by Chris Phillip 
Filed under: Pontiac News, 1970 Pontiac Cars, Chris Phillip

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If you're old enough to remember the first Daytona 500 race, you might recall that a '59 Pontiac convertible paced the track, courtesy of Pontiac General Manager Bunkie Knudsen. 

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 Even if you're not that old, you're likely to remember any one of the 34 other Pontiac's that have paced the Daytona 500 through the years, including:

1959 Pontiac Bonneville convertible
1961 Pontiac Bonneville convertible
1962 Pontiac Bonneville convertible
1967 Pontiac Firebird
1972 Pontiac LeMans
1973 Pontiac LeMans
1974 Pontiac Grand Am
1975 Pontiac LeMans
1976 Pontiac Grand Prix
1977 Pontiac Grand Prix
1978 Pontiac Grand Prix
1979 Pontiac Trans-Am
1980 Pontiac Turbo Trans-Am
1981 Pontiac Turbo Trans-Am
1982 Pontiac Trans-Am
1983 Pontiac Trans-Am
1984 Pontiac Trans-Am
1985 Pontiac Trans-Am
1986 Pontiac Trans-Am
1987 Pontiac Trans-Am
1988 Pontiac Grand Prix
1989 Pontiac Turbo Grand Prix
1990 Pontiac Turbo Grand Prix
1991 Pontiac Grand Prix
1992 Pontiac Grand Prix
1993 Pontiac Trans-Am
1994 Pontiac Trans-Am
1995 Pontiac Trans-Am
1996 Pontiac Trans-Am
1997 Pontiac Grand Prix
1998 Pontiac Grand Prix
1999 Pontiac Trans-Am
2000 Pontiac Grand Prix
2001 Pontiac Aztec
2002 Pontiac Trans-Am
2003 Pontiac Grand Prix

What a disgrace it is to the memory of Pontiac and Daytona's history that a 2012 Toyota Camry will pace the next Daytona 500.

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The Great American Race has just become the great American disgrace.


Such a big disgrace I am very disappointed in NASCAR right now, I'm a huge NASCAR fan, but this is so disappointing. Why couldn't they used the Camaro anything but a Toyota

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