When Bloomington Gold moved to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2015 the entire feel of the show changed. The new Gold Speed and Gold Laps driving events as well as the on-site Gold Autocross combined to add a much more driving-centric focus to the event.
Since its inception Gold Speed has been extremely popular with Bloomington Gold attendees. Throughout the weekend 755hp Corvette ZR1’s echoed across the IMS grounds whenever they were running. Past events featured the Z06 and Grand Sport while 2018 offered ride alongs in the all-new 2019 ZR1. All you had to do was drive a couple of new Chevrolet products first then head off to the ZR1’s.
The cars were piloted by professional drivers from Ron Fellow’s Spring Mounting School of High Performance Driving along a portion of the IMS infield road course. After strapping in, the cars made an immediate 180 degree turn into a full-throttle launch down a long straightaway into a sharp left-hand turn. Our Performance Data Recorder video below shows that we topped out at 130mph before jumping hard on the binders. Last year we topped out around 110 in a Grand Sport on a slightly wet track and back in 2015 we hit 115 in the then-new Z06 on a slightly different track configuration.
The course this was the same one as in recent years. After the hard left at the end of the straight there’s a sweeping left hander after a short straight that leads into a right hander that leads you back into triple digits on a straightaway back to the start/finish line.
The ZR1’s performance advantage is pretty obvious even from our short Gold Speed ride. In just under 1 mile and just about 30 seconds you can see that the all-new 2019 ZR1 is an absolute monster. The acceleration and braking are like nothing we’ve ever felt before. Just keep an eye on the G-meter in our PDR video and you’ll understand as it spends a considerable amount of time over 1G.
Check out our Gold Speed Lap from Bloomington Gold 2018 below and then keep an eye here throughout the week as we continue our coverage from last weekend in Indianapolis.
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