We saw the spy photos earlier this week of the Corvette Stingray working out at Milford and now Chevy has made it official with the announcement that the 2014 Corvette Stingray will serve as the official pace car at the 97th running of the Indianapols 500. The “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” happens on Sunday, May 26th.
This will be the 12th time that the Corvette will serve as the Pace Car for the Indianapolis 500. Since 2000, Corvette has paced the 500 seven times. Last year, it was a 2013 Corvette ZR1 with the 60th Anniversary package driven by celebrity chef Guy Fieri.
“It is an honor to help inaugurate the all-new Corvette Stingray at the hallowed Brickyard and further the legacy between Chevrolet and the Indianapolis 500,” said Jim Campbell, GM vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “The 2014 Corvette Stingray’s performance was influenced by racing, making this prestigious assignment even more fitting.”
The 2014 Corvette Stingray has an estimated 450 horsepower from its LT1 6.2L V8 and the Z51 equipped sports car needs no additional power upgrades to lead the pack. In fact, the only changes from a stock Stingray are the addition of the safety equipment and stobe lights.
The Laguna Blue Stingray is the perfect compliment to the bevy of 2013 Camaro Hot Wheels Editions that are serving as the festival cars.
“Chevrolet is a great partner of the Speedway,” said Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation president and chief executive officer. “That connection is heightened this year with the next-generation Corvette in front of a very talented field of racers.”
Click here to download a wallpaper of the 2014 Corvette Stingray Pace Car.
The 97th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled to start at noon (ET) Sunday, May 26. As of today, there has been no announcement who the celebrity driver of the 2014 Corvette Stingray will be so stay tuned for that news.
Photo credits: Bret Kelley for Chevrolet
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