2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Indianapolis 500 Pace Car
Chevrolet Corvette served as an Indianapolis 500 pace car for the first time back in 1978 and Chevrolet has sent a total of 11 models to pace "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing." The 2013 model year will be the 12th time a Corvette model will pace Indianapolis, and as rumored two days ago, it will be the new Corvette Stingray.
The model will be equipped with the track-capable Z51 package, which adds a limited-slip differential for reduced under-steer while cornering, improved aerodynamics and ride tweaks to help it handle corners more effectively. The Stingray Pace Car is painted in a Laguna Blue Tintcoat exterior combined with official Indianapolis 500 graphics on the doors.
The technology features and powertrain will be identical to the standard version, except that the Pace Car will be equipped with track-mandated safety features and strobe lights.
Updated 06/03/2013: Chevrolet unveiled a new video (above) showing the Stingray Indianapolis 500 Pace Car in action at the 2013 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. GM President North America, Mark Reuss, also talks about what it’s like to drive the pace car, his favorite parts of the track and what driving the 2013 Corvette Stingray Pace Car means to him.
Click past the jump to read more about the Corvette Stingray and the Corvette’s history as an Indy 5oo pace car.
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Indianapolis 500 Pace Car
Horsepower @ RPM:450
Torque @ RPM:450
0-60 time:4 sec.
Top Speed:190 mph
The new Stingray - the seventh-generation Corvette - was unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. It comes with a new look, improved technologies and a new engine.
The model is powered by 6.2-liter small-block V-8 engine that GM dubbed the LT1. This LT1 V-8 engine delivers an estimated total of 450 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. The model sprints from 0 to 60 mph in under four seconds and goes up to an anticipated top speed of 180 to 190 mph.
The model starts out at $51,995 including destination charge.
Corvette Indy 500 Pace Car History
1978 was the first year for the Corvette pace car and boy was it a stunner. Its two-tone black and grey paint scheme makes it instantly recognizable. Jim Rathman had the honor of pacing the Indy 500 in the Corvette. A total of 500 replicas were made between 1978 and 1982 – 100 each year.
In 1986, the Corvette returned to pace the Indy 500, but this time in convertible format. It was one of the blander of the pace cars, with exception to its canary-yellow paint job. Chuck Yeager had the honors of starting the race and Don Bailey took the wheel during cautionary periods.
The 1995 Corvette pace car was a bit of a snoozer, with its two-tone purple and white paint setup and cheesy flag flowing down the rear quarter. One nice addition was the white soft top that made this the second-straight convertible model to pace the race. Jim Perkins started the race as the driver and Don Bailey was the caution driver.
In 1998, Chevrolet introduced a convertible version of its one-year-old C5 Corvette. With this new variant of the Corvette, Indy came calling to use one as a pace car. This also brought back a wild styling for the pace car with it Radar Blue exterior with yellow wheels, interior, lettering and stripes. Parnelli Jones took the honor of driving the `Vette upon starting the Indy 500 and perennial driver, Don Bailey, again took the wheel under caution.
In 2002, Jim Caviezel took the helm of a 50th anniversary Corvette at the start of the Indy 500 and Joie Chitwood, III guided it during cautions. This maroon C5 Corvette was rather simple, but still a very stunning car, with its golden flames and “50” logo with crossed flags on the hood.
After giving the short-lived SSR a hack at pacing the Indy 500, the Corvette returned in 2004 to start its five-year streak of pacing the race. This car started off the race with noted actor, Morgan Freeman, behind the wheel and Joie Chitwood, III too over during cautions. The simple, yet patriotic, red, white and blue theme made this an awesome convertible pace car one for the ages.
In 2005, the C6 Corvette arrived as the first of its kind since its debut generation that it did not make use of pop-up headlights. This important debut also brought about another use of the Corvette to pace the Indy 500. This car was a convertible model that featured a simple red and grey paint scheme with the Indy 500 logo on the doors and other minor updates. this car was piloted by General Colin Powell and Joie Chitwood, III.
Drivers changed in 2006 to Lance Armstrong starting the race and Johnny Rutherford taking over for cautionary situations, but the car remained a Corvette. In this year, the Corvette of choice was the all-new Z06 model with a wild red, white and blue scheme, and a light bar atop the roof.
In 2007, a super-simple C6 Corvette Convertible took the lead at the Indy 500. This golden Corvette featured lightly contrasting ribbons down the side and hood, an Indy 500 logo on each door. Johnny Rutherford returned to pace the race during caution laps and Patrick Dempsey started the race behind the wheel of the `Vette.
In 2008, the Corvette’s five-year reign as the king of the Indy 500 came to a close with the Z06 E85 edition pacing the race. This model was actually a concept model that displayed how a car can run on more eco-friendly E85 Ethanol while also producing 500 horsepower. This model featured a super-loud penalized green paintjob with E85 Ethanol and Indy 500 logos all around the body. Emerson Fittipaldi and Johnny Rutherford had the honor of running this car in the race.
In 2012, a 2013 Corvette ZR1 took the lead at Indy with a very simple white design, which has become more popular in other racing series. The only distinguishing mark on this pace car were the logos on the doors some sponsorship decals and the light bar. Celebrity chef and car enthusiast, Guy Fieri, had the honor of starting the race and Johnny Rutherford took over during caution laps.