A new chapter at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway kicks off this week with the running of the first ever IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Indianapolis this weekend and the Corvette Stingray will be up front for all the action.
That’s because the 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible will be serving as the Pace Car for the inaugural race.
“Chevrolet and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have such a long history together, so it is exciting to be able to produce another ‘first’ at the famed Brickyard,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports.
“Chevrolet…especially with a V8…leading a field of race cars at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. There is nothing better. Nothing,” said Doug Boles, president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Corvette Stingray presided over last year’s Indianapolis 500 as well, marking the 12 time since 1978 that a Corvette has paced the annual 500 mile race. This year, the Camaro Z/28 has pace car duties for the greatest spectacle in racing.
Chevrolet presided in a ceremony at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Thursday in which keys to the Grand Prix pace car were handed over to track officials.
Unlike the Indianapolis 500 which takes place on the speedway’s 2.5 mile oval, the Grand Prix of Indianapolis will be raced on the newly redesigned road course for a total of 82 laps. The Grand Prix of Indianapolis begins at 3:50 pm on Saturday, May 10th.
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