Retro graphics featured on pace car for Southern 500 at Darlington

A rendering of the pace car that will lead the field to green in Sunday night's Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

Even the pace car is going retro for the Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

While it might have been cool to have a 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air perform pace car duties on Sunday night at Darlington, in truth you need something a lot more sure-footed and safe to get the important job done on race day.

So this year, the field will be led to the green at The Lady In Black by a 2016 Chevrolet SS sedan, a car enthusiasts like to refer to as a "four-door Camaro" because it has the same big V-8 that the Camaro SS does and some shared performance features with Chevy’s muscle car.

But the folks at General Motors have come up with some sharp-looking retro graphics to add to the SS to give up an old-school look on top of the new-school performance. And when you think about it, that’s pretty much the same recipe the race cars will be using on Sunday, too.

Going to be a great night of racing for sure.