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(April 1, 2016) — Here are the keys to one sweet ride.

Thirty-three directors of the 500 Festival received 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS convertibles on the main straightaway at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Friday.

The “Festival Event Cars” have been turning heads around central Indiana since the 1960s. This year’s model is based off the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS convertible and are powered by the LT1 6.2L V-8, which offers 455 horsepower and 455 lb-ft of torque. IMS officials said it’s the most powerful Camaro SS ever produced.

The convertible cover includes the following features:

  • Fully automatic operation with latches that automatically release and secure the top
  • Capability of opening or closing at speeds up to 30 mph
  • Remote opening with the key fob
  • A hard tonneau cover that deploys automatically, providing a more refined, finished appearance when the top is lowered and stowed

“You know the Month of May is almost here when the Indianapolis 500 Festival cars are seen around the streets of Indianapolis and beyond,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president.

The 2016 500 Festival cars feature a Hyper Blue exterior and an Abalone white stripe accent with a black convertible top and black leather interior. A 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 graphic adorns the doors; the quarter panels feature the iconic IMS logo.

“Racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is such a big part of Chevrolet’s history and we are proud to continue to have such a strong relationship with the track,” said Jeff Chew, senior manager of strategic planning and operations for Chevrolet Racing.

The 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil is set for Sunday, May 29.