The Corvette has paced the field more than any other car in the history of the race.

The Indianapolis 500 is familiar territory for the Chevrolet Corvette. America’s long-enduring sports car has paced the field no less than 15 times, and when the open-wheel racers of the IndyCar series take to the Brickyard this May for the 103rd running, that number will increase to 16 courtesy of the 2019 Corvette Grand Sport seen here. No other vehicle has served as the Indy 500 pace car more than Corvette, which is rather impressive considering the ‘Vette’s first lap at Indianapolis didn’t occur until 1978 – 25 years after it hit the roads of America.

“Chevrolet is honored to lead the way for the 500 once again,” said Steve Majoros, director of Chevrolet passenger car and crossover marketing. “The Grand Sport is a particularly excellent choice as its wide body and aerodynamic features are steeped in racing heritage.”

The special Grand Sport will wear a coat of Long Beach Red Metallic with a special Indy decal package including full-length racing stripes. Underneath, the car is pure GS with Brembo brakes and an eight-speed automatic dolling out the 6.2-liter V8’s 460 horsepower. It also gets a carbon fiber ground effects kit, competition bucket seats, and a performance data recorder to measure g-forces should another GM executive crash into a wall.

Gallery: 2019 Corvette Grand Sport Indy Pace Car

It’s been rumored that Chevrolet may also hold a special event during the Indy 500 festivities to debut its new mid-engine Corvette. The long-awaited supercar was originally thought to debut this year at the Detroit Auto Show, then later this month at the New York Auto Show. Rumors of electrical problems and structural issues on higher-horsepower models have allegedly delayed C8 production, but a stand-alone debut is expected either in the spring or early summer.

Chevrolet will also have a fleet of C7 Corvette Stingrays at Indy serving as festival cars so the automaker will certainly have a big presence at the track. A C8 debut at the Brickyard seems a bit awkward considering all the attention going to the C7 Grand Sport, but still, a surprise C8 reveal isn't entirely out of the question.

One thing that seems certain – 2019 will mark the last time a front-engined Chevrolet Corvette sports car will lead the field around Indy. The 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 will take place on Sunday, May 26.

Source: Chevrolet

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2019 CORVETTE GRAND SPORT TO PACE 103RD INDIANAPOLIS 500 PRESENTED BY GAINBRIDGE

This is the 16th time Corvette will lead ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing’

INDIANAPOLIS — The 2019 Corvette Grand Sport will serve as the Official Pace Car for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, leading 33 drivers to the green flag on May 26 for the 103rd running of the legendary race.

It marks the 16th time a Corvette has served as the Pace Car, starting in 1978, and the 30th time a Chevrolet has led the field dating back to 1948, when a 1948 Fleetmaster Six convertible paced the race. No other brand or vehicle has served as the 500 Pace Car more than Chevrolet and the Corvette, respectively.

“Chevrolet is honored to lead the way for the 500 once again,” said Steve Majoros, director of Chevrolet passenger car and crossover marketing. “The Grand Sport is a particularly excellent choice as its wide body and aerodynamic features are steeped in racing heritage.”

Indianapolis 500 fans also will see 33 2019 Corvette Stingrays on the roads of Central Indiana this spring and in the IPL 500 Festival Parade on May 25 in downtown Indianapolis. The popular cars are provided to central Indiana business leaders and dignitaries and serve an important promotional role for the race, Chevrolet and Corvette. This is the first time since 2007 that matching Corvettes are serving as the 500 Pace Car and festival cars.

“We continue to be grateful for our long-running partnership with Chevrolet,” Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles said. “It’s such a strong bond that has proven integral to the success of our events. The 2019 Corvette Grand Sport is a world-class machine that exudes speed, performance and excitement, a perfect fit to lead the 500 field. Personally, there is nothing quite like driving an Indianapolis 500 Chevrolet Corvette around Indiana in May, and I know our fans also will enjoy seeing the Corvette Stingray festival cars around town throughout the Month of May.”

The 2019 Corvette Grand Sport Pace Car features:

  • Long Beach Red Metallic Tintcoat with unique GM Design Indy 500 decal package.
  • Full Length Racing Blade Silver Dual Stripes.
  • LT1 6.2-liter V-8 DI aluminum engine with 460 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque.
  • 8-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission.
  • Dry-sump oil system.
  • Performance suspension with Magnetic Ride Control.
  • Brembo® carbon ceramic brakes.
  • Grand Sport aluminum wheels: 19-inch front and 20-inch rear.
  • Carbon Flash painted Carbon Fiber Ground Effects Package.
  • Competition Sport Bucket Seats.
  • Performance Data Recorder.

The Corvette Grand Sport Pace Car can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds. The car also has an available cornering capability of 1.2 g, thanks to the Corvette Z06’s many advanced aerodynamic components.

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 co-founder Louis Chevrolet, along with brothers Arthur and Gaston, competed in early Indy 500 races. Arthur competed in the 1911 race and Gaston won in 1920.

Eight drivers with Chevrolet engines have combined to win “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” 10 times, with Rick Mears, Emerson Fittipaldi, Arie Luyendyk, Al Unser Jr., Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan, Juan Pablo Montoya and Will Power taking the checkered flag with bowtie power.

Power drove the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet to victory in the INDYCAR Grand Prix and the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge last May, the first time a driver has swept both events in the same year. Chevrolet also was on the pole for both races, with Power leading the way in the INDYCAR Grand Prix and Ed Carpenter taking the top spot for the Indy 500.

Team Chevy also has won the NTT IndyCar Series manufacturer championship in six of the last seven seasons.

Visit IMS.com to purchase tickets for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on May 26 and for more information on the complete Month of May schedule at IMS.

The race will be televised live on NBC for the first time, with the pre-race show starting at 11 a.m. EDT on May 26. Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio will provide live coverage of the race to its affiliates and on Sirius 216, XM 209, indycar.com, indycarradio.com and the INDYCAR Mobile app powered by NTT DATA.