In addition to the 2019 Corvette Grand Sport pacing the Indianapolis 500 later this month, another 2019 Corvette Grand Sport will serve as the Pace Car for Saturday’s INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course.
Chicago Blackhawks goalie and two-time Stanley Cup champion Corey Crawford was named as the official pace car driver for the INDYCAR Grand Prix race. Crawford will lead the starting field in the Arctic White Grand Sport that’s equipped with an 8-speed automatic and the Z07 Performance Package featuring aggressive aerodynamics, Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires, and Brembo carbon ceramic brakes.
“I’m honored to have been selected to drive this year’s Pace Car at a place as famous as the Brickyard,” Crawford said. “Indianapolis is an incredibly passionate sports city, and I couldn’t be more excited to represent the Blackhawks and see their love for IndyCar racing in person.”
In addition to twice being named an NHL All-Star (2015,2017) and a member of the NHL All-Rookie team in 2011, Crawford is the 8th Blackhawks goalie to win more than 100 games. He is also a car enthusiast who enjoys restoring vintage vehicles.
“Corey is going to have a blast driving this year’s Corvette Pace Car, especially since he’s such a true fan of cars and racing,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “Many Indy residents have long enjoyed cheering for Corey and his teammates, and between today’s news and the return of Jim Cornelison to the Indy 500, the Blackhawks are fast becoming the preferred NHL team of IMS.”
The INDYCAR Grand Prix will be broadcast on NBC with coverage beginning at 3 PM ET. The race runs 85 laps on the 14-turn 2.439-mile road course.
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