(from General Motors
Press Release) What does the upcoming Indianapolis 500
have in common with the same race in 1955? Both races at the
historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway were paced by a Chevrolet with
a GM small-block V-8 engine. The link between the two pace vehicles
bears special significance because the GM small-block V-8 celebrates
its 50th anniversary this year.
T.H. Keating, a former Chevrolet Division general manager, paced the
same race in a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air on May 30, 1955. That Chevy
was powered by the first version of the GM small-block V-8 engine
ever produced, with a displacement of 265 cubic inches and rated at
180 horsepower at 4,600 rpm.