LEAD CAMERA CAR #0031
The LEAD CAMERA PACE CAR remained with GM/Pontiac Racing in the GM Heritage Collection until it was
released for sale at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach, April 2009.
This was a ‘special event’ build & was NEVER assigned to a Pontiac Dealer.
All GM Heritage Cars were sold on a Salvage Title or Bill of Sale. This car has the Salvage title.
#0031 has only 2,515 actual miles
Signed by Bobby Labonte Car #18 – the highest finishing Pontiac. (6th place)
2002 GMMG Bobby Labonte Blackbird #38 is also in my collection.
The ‘LEAD CAMERA’ Car may be the most significant Pace Car in Pontiac & maybe Daytona History.
2000 was the very first race of the New Millenium.
This was the last year Dale Earnhardt finished the Daytona 500. Dale died in 2001 on a last lap crash.
2001 DEI Intimidator Camaro SS #54 with 1,746 miles is also in the collection
Dale Earnhardt, Sr. liked to bump the back of the Pace Car during caution laps just to let them know he was there.
Rumor has it that the lower left of license plate (on blue graphic) is one of his bumps.
I have not found the video clip or lap # yet when this couold have happenned.
True or not, it makes a great story.
To insure 100% authenticity the camera mounting tape and wire clips have been left on the car.
The REAL DEAL!
Click – Terry Bradshaw & Dale Earnhardt having fun in the Pace Car
NEW – August 1, 2016
You have to check out the video of 3 Pace Cars on the road together.
Click for video – awesome!
July 25, 2016 – Drove 3 of 4 ‘real’ 2000 Daytona Pace Cars today
3 of 4 ‘real’ 2000 Daytona 500 Pace Cars
0031 Lead (Camera) Pace Car remained in the GM Heritage Collection until it was sold @ Barrett-Jackson – Palm Beach April 2009
The car has only 2,515 miles
Click – 3 of 4 ‘real’Daytona Pace Cars with lights on
0031 History & Facts
0031 was the Lead Camera Pace Car for 2000 Daytona 500 & 2000 Pepsi 400
The door graphics were changed for the Pepsi 400 race
0031 still retains the tape & roof wire brackets from the camera
Only 4 cars were built & prepared by TDM for Daytona
0029 Split Field Car George Tuominen
0031 Lead Camera Car Jim Smith
0045 Festival Car Jim Smith
0058 Festival Car Jim Smith
The cars were never assigned to a dealer
0031 was held in the GM Heritage Collection until it was sold at Barrett-Jackson in West Palm Beach April 2009. Lot 416
Jay purchased 0031
As of 9/8/9 the car has 2,215 miles
2000 Race Facts
Buster Auton drove the Pace Car (0031)
Jackie Joyner-Kersee was the Honorary Starter
Sam Gibara from Good Year was the Grand Marshall
Dale Jarrett won the race under caution
Bobby Labonte was the highest finishing Pontiac (6th place) & signed the dash
Dale Earnhardt, Sr. finished 21st