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Concerning the Z7d Brickyard 400 Camaro SS convertibles

Because 2002 was the last year of the 4th Gen Camaro, Chevy felt it was important to do a special Camaro for the 2002 Brickyard 400, as most Camaro folks know the red and silver 35th Anniversary Camaro was used at the 2001 Brickyard 400 and Chevy did not want to do a 'repeat'.

Thus, a limited number of "special" Camaro SS convertibles were commissioned. The original intent was to offer the two-tone Ebony/Pewter Leather interior from the Anniversary car however, it would not have been appropriate to put the 35th Anniversary Badge on the seats. A two-tone seat without the badging would have required new part numbers which was a 'no-no' with engineering, the assembly plant, and GMSPO. However the 35th Anniversary wheels did make the cut -- the 17" painted/machine finish aluminum wheel -- and assigned that content to a new RPO code, "Z7D" which was then given the name "Brickyard 400 Package."

57 of these cars were built. All but 5 of them had Automatic transmissions, the other 5 of course had 6-speeds and all the six-speeds were delivered to VIPs.

Chevy had never done a special RPO code prior to this for the Brickyard 400 thus, these cars are somewhat unique and because collectors have all it will be hard to do a 'knockoff' -- the code shows up on the window label and also in the build manifest sticker on the driver's door. All but one of the 57 cars were built the same week...the first car was actually built in April as a "pilot" and was immediately striped and put on the Camaro Legends Tour.

 The cars had the Brickyard 400 decals installed at Indianapolis (ARELCO -- which is the owner of National Car Sales and National Car Rental at Indianapolis is the company that sees that the decals are installed and that the cars are cleaned and staged throughout the Brickyard 400

The majority of the cars where used for driver introductions at the Brickyard. Each car is numbered 2-43 and assigned to each driver by starting position in the race. Car #1 was a six speed and a substitute car was used for pole sitter Tony Stewart. My is car number 19 and 2002 Daytona 500 winner Ward Burton was assigned this car based on him starting 19th. In 2003 I was able to get Ward to sign the car under the hood when Nascar visited Pocono speedway.   The car currently has just over 2,000 miles. The majority of the mileage comes from the drive to the Pocono raceway and each year driving to Camaro Nationals in Carlisle Pa.