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Lexus IS300 Pace Car
October 31, 2000
A race-modified Lexus IS 300 pace car lead the pack at the Marlboro CART 500 FedEx Championship season finale, Friday October 27 through Sunday October 29, at the California Speedway in Fontana, California.
The bright yellow IS 300 was outfitted with race and safety modifications to handle the demands of pacing Champ Car races. The pace car features a five-speed manual transmission and a Toyota Racing Development (TRD) supercharger, which adds 50 horses for a total of 265 horsepower.

Other modifications include a roll cage, race-tuned suspension with Eibach racing coil springs, and Bilstein shocks. Rolling stock includes 18-inch front and 19-inch rear BBS wheels and Bridgestone Potenza 225/35ZR18 tires in the front and 245/35ZR19 in the rear while Brembo brakes help keep the IS 300 in check.

This is the third foray into the CART pace car lineup for Lexus. The SC 400 sport coupe led the way in 1992 and the high-performance GS 400 rounded the track first in 1997 at the Toyota Grand Prix of Monterey.

Lexus is also working with TRD to create an L-Tuned version of the IS 300. Body effects would feature front fascia and lip spoiler, choice of grilles, side skirts, rear wing and wheel/tire set. Suspension modifications would include shocks, springs, front and rear sway bars, brake pad and slotted brake rotors as well as a performance high-flow exhaust.
 

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