Chevy in the spotlight at Indy again!

The 2017 Indianapolis 500 race is just around the corner, and the race organizers have just announced that the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport is the race’s new pace car. The Grand Sport is the 14th Corvette and the 28th Chevrolet to lead the field at Indy, both of which are records.

"Chevrolet is proud to once again pace the Indianapolis 500,” said Steve Majoros, marketing director for Chevrolet cars and crossovers. “The Corvette Grand Sport’s performance capability and motorsports heritage make it the perfect choice to pace the Greatest Spectacle in Racing."

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Suited to Lead a Pack of Wild Race Cars

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Equipped with the available carbon-fiber ground effects package and the 6.2-liter V-8 engine rated at 460 horsepower, the Corvette Grand Sport is more than capable of leading the pack at Indianapolis.

Equipped with the available carbon-fiber ground effects package and the 6.2-liter V-8 engine rated at 460 horsepower, the Corvette Grand Sport is more than capable of leading the pack at Indianapolis. This specific version is also fitted with the optional Z07 package, which adds carbon-ceramic matrix brake rotors and high-performance tires. Charging from 0 to 60 mph takes only 3.6 seconds in this configuration, so performance isn’t an issue during yellow flags.

On top of the factory-fitted features, the pace car sports unique "Indy 500" graphics. The package includes blue stripes on the engine hood and roof, red accents on the splitter, front fenders and side skirts, and blue and red lettering on the doors.

Why it Matters

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This is a very important event for Chevrolet at Indianapolis. Not only is the Grand Sport the 14th Corvette and 28th Chevrolet to lap Indy, it’s also doing it as the company is pursuing its sixth consecutive IndyCar manufacturer championship this year. It’s also worth noting that the Grand Sport is the 16th consecutive Chevy and the 21st consecutive GM car to lead the field at Indianapolis. Impressive achievements to say the least!

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Read our full review on the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport here.

Press release

The Corvette Grand Sport is the official pace car for the 2017 Indianapolis 500 and will lead drivers to the green flag on May 28 for the 101st running of the legendary race.

It marks the 14th time a Corvette has served as the official pace car, starting in 1978, and the 28th time a Chevrolet has led the field, dating back to 1948. No other vehicle has served as the pace car more than the Corvette.

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“Chevrolet is proud to once again pace the Indianapolis 500,” said Steve Majoros, marketing director for Cars and Crossovers. “The Corvette Grand Sport’s performance capability and motorsports heritage make it the perfect choice to pace the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

The 2017 Corvette Grand Sport pace car features:

460-hp (343 kW) LT1 direct-injected V-8 engine with dry-sump oiling and active exhaust
Eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission
Equipped with the available carbon-fiber ground effects package
Specific Grand Sport wheel design: 19 x 10-inch (front) and 20 x 12-inch (rear)
Standard magnetic ride control, specific stabilizer bars and unique springs
Standard electronic limited-slip differential
Includes the available Z07 package, with carbon ceramic-matrix brake rotors and 285/30ZR19 (front) and 335/25ZR20 (rear) high-performance tires
Brembo Carbon Ceramic brake system with 15.5-inch (394 mm) rotors with six-piston calipers in front and 15.3-inch (380 mm) rotors with four-piston calipers in rear
Unique Indy 500 graphics package.

The Grand Sport pace car equipped with the Z07 package can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds, cover the quarter mile in 11.8 seconds and achieve 1.2 g cornering capability.

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.

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“Chevrolet and Indianapolis are inextricably linked, sharing one of the longest racing heritages in all of motorsports,” said J. Douglas Boles, president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “We are proud of the longstanding relationship between Chevrolet and the Speedway and we love having the Corvette Grand Sport lead the 500 field to the green flag.”

Chevrolet is pursuing its sixth consecutive IndyCar manufacturer championship this year, building on a successful 2016 season that saw 14 wins out of 16 races.

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