For the 13th time in the 99 years of Indianapolis 500 history, the Chevrolet will serve as the Pace Car for the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing”. The news came today from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway along with the announcement that four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Jeff Gordon would be serving as the Pace Car’s driver.
Since 1978, the Chevrolet Corvette has paced the Indianapolis 500 a record 13 times and this year’s pace car is a 2015 Corvette Z06 outfitted in Arctic White with Black wheels and an Adrenaline Red interior. The Indy 500 livery on the side and the strobe safety lights are the only optional equipment the car needs to be the Pace Car.
The last time a Corvette paced the Indy 500 was in 2013 when San Francisco 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh piloted the 2014 Corvette Stingray.
It was sort of a no-brainer to pick Jeff Gordon to pilot the pace car for the 500. A native of Indiana, Gordon has won the Brickyard 400 race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway five times. The four-time NASCAR Champion announced earlier this year that he will be retiring from NASCAR at the end of the season.
“It’s great to have Jeff Gordon serve as this year’s pace car driver,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports. “He is a true champion who has earned the respect and admiration of competitors and race fans alike. It will be very special to have Jeff lead the Indy 500 field to the green flag, behind the wheel of the most powerful and capable production car ever from Chevrolet – on a day he’ll also be competing in the Coca Cola 600 NASCAR race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.”
The Corvette Z06 will have no problem pacing the pack of Indy racers when the race is held on May 24th. The supercharged Corvette Z06 comes standard with 650 hp, a seven speed manual transmission and a track-capable chassis system.
“Indy is hallowed ground for racers like me and I couldn’t be more thrilled to drive the Corvette Z06 pace car around the track that helped drive my success over the years,” Gordon said. “The Indianapolis 500 is one of the most celebrated races of the year and an event I always dreamed of racing while growing up in California and in nearby Pittsboro. I’ve won five NASCAR races at IMS and the track will always be a special place for me, so to be able to participate in such a historic day will be something I remember for the rest of my life.”