What’s better than a regular Corvette pace car? A 755-horsepower (563-kilowatt) Corvette ZR1 pace car, that’s what. Leading up to the running of the 102nd Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in just a few weeks, Chevy has unleashed its aggressive-looking new Corvette ZR1 Pace Car. Alongside a massive rear wing, it wears a dark blue finish, red accents, and an appropriate door-mounted livery, of course.
The new ZR1 will be the 15th Corvette to pace the legendary race, and marks the 29th time a Chevy product has led the pack since the Indy 500’s inception in 1911. The first Chevy vehicle to ever take to the track was a 1948 Fleetmaster Six convertible, and the first Corvette pace car was a 1978 C3 Corvette and was driven by race car driver Jim Rathmann.
"Chevrolet and IMS enjoy one of the longest-running and strongest bonds in motorsports," said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. "Seeing all of the incredible Corvettes that have paced the Indianapolis 500 on the track today is an exciting reminder of the rich history of this great relationship."
Of course, this year’s pace car will be faster than all the rest; the ZR1 is one of the most powerful production vehicles to ever take to the track. The Corvette comes loaded with a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 producing the aforementioned 755 hp and 715 pound-feet (969 Newton-meters) of torque. The Corvette ZR1 Pace Car can sprint to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in just 2.85 seconds, and continue on to a top speed of 212 mph (341 kmh), making it not only one of the fastest pace cars ever, but the fastest production Corvette ever built.
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"Chevrolet is proud to once again pace the Indianapolis 500," said Steve Majoros, marketing director for Cars and Crossovers. "The ZR1 is the most powerful and fastest Corvette ever made. It’s the perfect choice to pace 'The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.'"
The 2018 Indy 500 race will kick off on Sunday, May 27, 2018. Along with the new ZR1, all 14 previous Corvette pace cars will also be in attendance.
Gallery: 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Pace Car
The 2019 Corvette ZR1 is the official Pace Car for the 2018 Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil and will lead drivers to the green flag on Sunday, May 27, for the 102nd running of the legendary race.
It marks the 15th time a Corvette has served as the official Pace Car since 1978, and the 29th time a Chevrolet has led the field dating back to 1948, when a 1948 Fleetmaster Six convertible paced the race.
No other vehicle has served as the Pace Car more than the Corvette. To celebrate the iconic supercar’s connection to “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” the 2019 Corvette ZR1 and the other 14 Corvettes that have paced the 500 were on display on the front straightaway today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“Chevrolet is proud to once again pace the Indianapolis 500,” said Steve Majoros, marketing director for Cars and Crossovers. “The ZR1 is the most powerful and fastest Corvette ever made. It’s the perfect choice to pace ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.’”
The 2019 Corvette ZR1 Pace Car features:
- LT5 Small Block 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine with 755 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque
- 8-speed 8L90 paddle-shift automatic transmission
- ZTK Performance Package featuring a stanchion-mounted adjustable carbon-fiber high rear wing, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and performance suspension
- Magnetic Selective Ride Control™
- Brembo® Carbon Ceramic brake system
- ZR1 chrome-aluminum wheels, 19-inch front and 20-inch rear
- Standard Performance Traction Management and Electronic Limited-Slip Differential
- Unique Indy 500 graphics package
- GM Design fully integrated safety strobe system
- Performance Data and Video Recorder
The Corvette ZR1 Pace Car can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 2.85 seconds and reach a top track speed of 212 mph, the fastest Corvette in history.
Chevrolet has a storied history with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Chevrolet was founded in 1911, the year of the inaugural 500-mile race, and company cofounder Louis Chevrolet, along with brothers Arthur and Gaston, competed in early Indy 500 races. Arthur Chevrolet competed in the 1911 race, and Gaston Chevrolet won it in 1920.
“Chevrolet and IMS enjoy one of the longest-running and strongest bonds in motorsports,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “Seeing all of the incredible Corvettes that have paced the Indianapolis 500 on the track today is an exciting reminder of the rich history of this great relationship. This year’s Pace Car, the 2019 Corvette ZR1, is an incredible fast machine that is a perfect fit to lead the 500 field to the green flag.”
Chevrolet is pursuing its seventh consecutive IndyCar manufacturer championship this year, building on a successful 2017 season that saw 10 wins out of 17 races.
Visit IMS.com to purchase tickets for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday, May 27, and for more information on the complete month of May IMS schedule.
The race also will be televised live on ABC, with the pre-race show starting at 11 a.m. EDT. Advance Auto Parts IndyCar Radio will provide live coverage of the race to its affiliates and on Sirius 214, XM 209, www.indycar.com, www.indycarradio.com and the INDYCAR Mobile app.