[GALLERY] Every Indy 500 Corvette Pace Car and its Celebrity Driver (15 Corvette photos)

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[GALLERY] Every Indy 500 Corvette Pace Car and its Celebrity Driver (15 Corvette photos)


Since it’s race week and the Chevrolet Corvette is once again pacing the Indianapolis 500 – otherwise known as the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing”, we thought it would be cool to throw together a Corvette photo gallery featuring every official Indy 500 Pace Car along with its celebrity driver.

2017 will be the 14th time that a Corvette has had the honor to serve as the official Indy 500 Pace Car. It’s also the 28th Chevrolet to lead the pack since 1948. No other vehicle has served as the Indy 500 Pace car more times than the Corvette.

Also unique is that Chevrolet has offered many of these models to the public, with six of the models resold as production replicas.

The 2017 Corvette Grand Sport Pace Car will take its place in history this Sunday, May 28th with the race starting at 12 noon ET on ABC-TV. Interestingly, the official driver for the Indy 500 still hasn’t been named even as of this late date. We’ll keep you posted though. In the meantime, enjoy the gallery!

  1.  
    Indy 500 Corvette Pace Cars1978 – Jim Rathmann (1960 Indy 500 Winner)


  2.  
    Indy 500 Corvette Pace Cars1986 – Chuck Yeager (US Air Force General, test pilot)


  3.  
    Indy 500 Corvette Pace Cars1995 – Jim Perkins (Chevrolet General Manager)


  4.  
    Indy 500 Corvette Pace Cars1998 – Greg Norman (Pro Golfer)
    Except Greg couldn’t fulfill his duties due to a shoulder injury that required surgery. Parnelli Jones would fill in (below).


  5.  
    Indy 500 Corvette Pace Cars1998 – Parnelli Jones (1963 Indy 500 Winner)


  6.  
    Indy 500 Corvette Pace Cars2002 (2003 50th Anniversary) – Jim Caviezel (Actor)


  7.  
    Indy 500 Corvette Pace Cars2004 – Morgan Freeman (Actor)


  8.  
    Indy 500 Corvette Pace Cars2005 – General Colin Powell (General, Former Secretary of State)


  9.  
    Indy 500 Corvette Pace Cars2006 – Lance Armstrong (Cyclist)


  10.  
    Indy 500 Corvette Pace Cars2007 – Patrick Dempsey (Actor, Race Car Driver/Team Owner)


  11.  
    Indy 500 Corvette Pace Cars2008 – Emerson Fittipaldi (Two-time Indy 500 Winner 1989, 1993)


  12.  
    Indy 500 Corvette Pace Cars2012 – Guy Fieri (Chef, TV Personality)


  13.  
    Indy 500 Corvette Pace Cars2013 – Jim Harbaugh (NFL Coach)


  14.  
    Indy 500 Corvette Pace Cars2015 – Jeff Gordon (NASCAR Driver, four-time Sprint Cup Champion)


  15.  
    Indy 500 Corvette Pace Cars2017 – To Be Announced!



Related:
[PICS] 2017 Corvette Grand Sport to Pace the 101st Indianapolis 500
Indy 500 Exhibition Opens at the National Corvette Museum
Collectible Corvettes: 1995 Indy 500 Corvette Pace Car

 

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