The COVID shutdowns have forced a lot of rescheduling for racing across the country including one of our favorites, the Indianapolis 500. I was thinking for sure that would be the venue where we would see our first C8 Corvette in pace car livery, but after the “greatest spectacle in racing” moved their dates to August 23rd, we were unsure when a Corvette Pace Car might be debuted.
This weekend, IMSA will be at Road America which has long featured Chevrolet as a track partner. Chevrolet offers vehicles and other support to the historic track in return for signage across the “Corvette Bridge” and other considerations. And today we learned that this weekend’s races will indeed by paced by a pair of new 2020 Corvettes with the track’s livery decorating the cars.
This photo of the two Road America Corvette Pace cars show the C8 Corvettes in Arctic White with a custom black racing stripe and what we are assuming to be the visible carbon fiber roofs. Each is outfitted with the High Wing and the 5VM Aero Kits and that’s where we see some of the customizations for the racing livery. On the front splitter, the winglets on the side are painted in red and it looks to have the “Zora Head” sticker on each. Down on the rocker panel, we see the graphic outline of the C8 and then a Stingray graphic is on the crease just behind the side intakes. The doors share the Road America logo with the rocker panel under it containing the words “Official Pace Car.”
More photos from Twitter thanks to @Kev_Bow:
And here’s a couple from @CorvetteRacing:
We still think the C8 Corvette will be featured at Indianapolis, but it’s great to see them in action where they will be leading a pair of C8.Rs just a few rows back. You can catch the mid-engine Corvette pace cars in action Sunday afternoon beginning at 12:00 noon ET on NBC.
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