The 101st Indianapolis 500 kicks off on Memorial Day weekend, and the Chevy Corvette will serve as the pace car for the 14th time in the history of the Indy 500!
For the special edition, the Corvette Grand Sport Pace Car is looking mighty patriotic with red and blue accents on the white painted exterior. Chevrolet describes the look as a “unique Indy 500 graphics package”, and it’s somewhat subtle compared to some years’ past. Outside of how it looks. the Pace Car edition is identical to any other Grand Sport equipped with the Z07 performance package.
Powering the Grand Sport Z07 is a naturally-aspirated 6.2L V8 that makes 455 horspower. This powerful engine feeds into an 8-speed automatic transmission and rides on a magnetic ride suspension to make the car fully capable in the turns. The car rolls on 20” wheels with 335/25ZR20 tires. Carbon ceramic brakes give the Grans Sport Z07 some major stopping power.
General Motors has been dominating the Indy 500 pace car sector for decades. The first Chevy to earn the distinction was a Fleetmaster Six in 1948, but since then, there have been Bel Airs, Camaros (lots!), Monte Carlos, Berettas, SSRs, and of course the Corvette — and as you may have guessed, no other car has been a pace car more times than the Corvette. Overall, they have put up 52 total pace cars for the event. It’s not just their pace cars that steal the show, it’s also the fact that they’ve won give manufacturer championships in a row. In 2016, Chevy took the checkered flag in 14 out of 16 races.
In addition, the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible serving as the Festival Car for the 2017 Indianapolis 500.
The 2017 Indy 500 will take place on Sunday, May 28th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana.