Pontiac Trans Am
64th Indy 500
May 25, 1980

For the first time since it was introduced in 1969, the Pontiac Trans Am was selected as the pace car for the 1980 Indy 500.  In fact this was only the second time Pontiac had paced the field at the Brickyard.  Powered by a turbocharged 4.9L V-8 engine, the Turbo-Trans Am needed only minor modifications to bring it up to pace car specs.  Pontiac produced 6900 4.9L Turbo-Trans Ams, but decals were sold separately.

The 1980 Trans Am was piloted by 1950 Indy 500 winner Johnnie Parsons, Sr.

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From the 1991 "Legends of Indy" trading card set

 

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