This morning at an event in Downtown Indianapolis, representatives from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Chevrolet revealed the official pace car of the 101st Indianapolis 500 and its the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport Coupe!
This is the 14th time that Corvette has paced the greatest spectacle in racing, a feat that no other car is even close to.
“Chevrolet is proud to once again pace the Indianapolis 500,” said Steve Majoros, marketing director for Cars and Crossovers. “The Corvette Grand Sport’s performance capability and motorsports heritage make it the perfect choice to pace the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”
The Grand Sport is wearing its most popular color, Arctic White and is outfitted with the Heritage Package featuring a blue racing stripe and red hash marks on the fenders. Red striping is also featured on the side rocker panels and front splitter.
Not only does the Grand Sport look great with the Indy 500 livery, it’s equipped with the Z07 performance package and is capable of a 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds, the quarter mile in 11.8 seconds and can achieve a 1.2g cornering ability.
Chevrolet has a long relationship with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, sharing a birthday in 1911. Louis Chevrolet competed in his first 500 race in 1915. Although he never won the race himself, his cars wound up in the winner circle four times. His brother Gaston would win the Indy 500 in 1920.
“Chevrolet and Indianapolis are inextricably linked, sharing one of the longest racing heritages in all of motorsports,” said J. Douglas Boles, president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “We are proud of the longstanding relationship between Chevrolet and the Speedway and we love having the Corvette Grand Sport lead the 500 field to the green flag.”
You can watch the official Corvette Grand Sport Pace Car lead the field at the start of the Verizon IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500 race on Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 12 noon ET.
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