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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.

Why? 

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

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0031 was the Lead Camera Pace Car for 2000 Daytona 500 & 2000 Pepsi 400

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The door graphics were changed for the Pepsi 400 race

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0031 still retains the tape & roof wire brackets from the camera

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Only 4 cars were built & prepared by TDM for Daytona

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0029   Split Field Car                      George Tuominen

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0031   Lead Camera Car              Jim Smith

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0045   Festival Car                          Jim Smith

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0058   Festival Car                          Jim Smith

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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

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Jay purchased 0031

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As of 9/8/9 the car has 2,215 miles

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2000 Race Facts

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Buster Auton drove the Pace Car (0031)

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Jackie Joyner-Kersee was the Honorary Starter

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Sam Gibara from Good Year was the Grand Marshall

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Dale Jarrett won the race under caution

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Bobby Labonte was the highest finishing Pontiac (6th place) & signed the dash

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Dale Earnhardt, Sr. finished 21st

 

Fin. Pos. Str. Car Pos. Car No. Driver Laps Money Car
1 1 88 Dale Jarrett 200 $1,277,975 Ford
2 14 99 Jeff Burton 200 $840,825 Ford
3 3 94 Bill Elliott 200 $526,475 Ford
4 5 2 Rusty Wallace 200 $420,775 Ford
5 9 6 Mark Martin 200 $326,175 Ford
6 13 18 Bobby Labonte 200 $228,275 Pontiac
7 25 5 Terry Labonte 200 $198,625 Chevrolet
8 6 22 Ward Burton 200 $166,775 Pontiac
9 23 36 Ken Schrader 200 $143,975 Pontiac
10 24 17 *Matt Kenseth 200 $182,875 Ford
11 19 12 Jeremy Mayfield 200 $129,075 Ford
12 27 10 Johnny Benson 200 $119,975 Pontiac
13 8 8 *Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 200 $107,775 Chevrolet
14 18 42 Kenny Irwin 200 $120,025 Chevrolet
15 2 28 Ricky Rudd 200 $119,475 Ford
16 4 31 Mike Skinner 200 $112,225 Chevrolet
17 7 20 Tony Stewart 200 $118,875 Pontiac
18 17 13 Robby Gordon 200 $99,725 Ford
19 15 32 *Scott Pruett 200 $98,475 Ford
20 32 77 Robert Pressley 200 $102,825 Ford
21 21 3 Dale Earnhardt 200 $116,075 Chevrolet
22 30 43 John Andretti 200 $113,725 Pontiac
23 29 97 Chad Little 200 $105,375 Ford
24 38 40 Sterling Marlin 199 $104,325 Chevrolet
25 42 44 Kyle Petty 199 $108,175 Pontiac
26 33 9 *Stacy Compton 199 $94,225 Ford
27 31 93 *Dave Blaney 199 $89,625 Pontiac
28 28 41 Rick Mast 199 $92,075 Chevrolet
29 39 55 Kenny Wallace 199 $99,275 Chevrolet
30 22 26 Jimmy Spencer 197 $99,225 Ford
31 36 1 Steve Park 197 $98,275 Chevrolet
32 43 66 Darrell Waltrip 197 $89,325 Ford
33 35 14 *Mike Bliss 197 $88,875 Pontiac
34 11 24 Jeff Gordon 195 $106,100 Chevrolet
35 20 25 Jerry Nadeau 195 $93,450 Chevrolet
36 41 16 Kevin Lepage 195 $93,000 Ford
37 26 90 *Ed Berrier 193 $84,550 Ford
38 40 21 Elliott Sadler 192 $92,100 Ford
39 10 7 Michael Waltrip 192 $91,650 Chevrolet
40 34 75 Wally Dallenbach 174 $83,200 Ford
41 12 15 Derrike Cope 169 $82,750 Ford
42 16 33 Joe Nemechek 131 $90,300 Chevrolet
43 37 4 Bobby Hamilton 68 $90,100 Chevrolet
*Raybestos Rookie of the Year Candidate
Time of Race: 3 hours, 12 minutes, 43 seconds
Average Speed: 155.669 mph
Margin of Victory: Under Caution
Bud Pole Award: Dale Jarrett, Quality Care/Ford Credit Ford (191.091 mph, 47.098 seconds)
Bud Fastest Second-Round Qualifier: Andy Hillenburg, KMC Telecom Chevrolet (186.556 mph, 48.243 seconds)
Caution Flags: 6 flags for 24 laps.
Lead Changes: 9 lead changes among 7 drivers. Ricky Rudd 1; Mike Skinner 2-4; Dale Jarrett 5-33; Bill Elliott 34; Jarrett 35-90; Chad Little 91-92; Mark Martin 93-157; Johnny Benson 158-196; Jarrett 197-200.

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