The 2013 model year will be a pretty big year for Corvette: it will mark the car’s 60th anniversary and the final year of production for the current generation. Next to these important events, a 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 will be serving as a Pace Car for the 96th Indianapolis 500. On May 27, 2012, the ZR1 will lead the starting field at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This will be the 23rd time a Chevrolet has paced "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" and the 11th time a Corvette is serving as the Pace Car.
The Corvette ZR1 is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter LS9 engine that delivers a total of 638 HP. With a total weight of 3,353 lbs, the car will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and can hit a top speed of 205 mph. The ZR1 lapped the Nurburgring track in 7:19.63.
"Corvette embodies pure performance, so the ZR1 is a perfect car to pace the most prestigious auto race in the world," said Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation president and chief executive officer. "Chevrolet is a great partner of the Speedway, and we share in the excitement of the upcoming 60th anniversary of the iconic Corvette brand. It’s even more meaningful to see a Chevrolet pacing the field at Indy since Chevy has returned as an engine supplier for the IZOD IndyCar Series for the first time since 2005."
UPDATE 05/10/2012: Chevrolet has unveiled a cool video showing off the new Corvette ZR1 Pace Car as it does some laps around Indianapolis. Enjoy!
UPDATE 05/24/2012: Chevrolet has unveiled a new video featuring Ryan Briscoe behind the wheel of the Corvette ZR1 Pace Car around Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Enjoy!