It’s no secret that the Chevrolet Corvette and fifth-generation Camaro are popular performance cars. Just last year, the two comprised one of every three performance vehicles sold and have continued to bring in chart-topping sales numbers for their segments in 2012. So with the ever growing popularity of the Chevy models, it is no surprise that examples of both cars have been chosen to help celebrate motorsport’s return to Detroit for the 2012 season. As we found out from GM News, both the ‘12 Camaro ZL1 and ‘13 427 Convertible will be pacing races this weekend in Detroit. It seems that the Indianapolis 500 may have been only the start of a season full of Chevy pace cars.

The Camaro ZL1 will be taking to the track this Saturday to pace the competitors at the Chevrolet Grand-Am 200 at Belle Isle while the 427 Convertible will get a workout pacing the Chevrolet Indy Grand Prix on Sunday. According to GM News, both models will in essence be unchanged production models.

The two Chevy models join a long linage of race history and pace cars. For years, the Camaro and Corvette, along with other Chevrolet models, have paced and raced in some of the biggest events in motorsports. The Chevy brand has even transformed into a video game racing favorite.

In the latest Forza Motorsports edition, 1.3 million players have raced at least one Chevrolet, totaling 107 million simulated race miles, with Corvette and Camaro models making up 60 percent of those vehicles chosen. Over 38 million miles have been driven in computerized Corvettes, with the ‘09 ZR1 being the most used, and 25 million miles have been driven in computerized Camaros, with the ‘12 Camaro SS being the most popular.

While driving the popular Chevy models in the racing simulator is plenty exciting, nothing beats seeing the real life models take to the track. To see the races this weekend in Detroit and their subsequent Chevy pace cars, be sure to tune into SPEED TV on Saturday at 5pm ET or your local ABC network all weekend long.