The Pace Car for the upcoming Indianapolis 500 on May 6, 2013, will be no other than the seventh-generation 2014 Corvette Stingray. The new Stingray will lead the field to green at the start 97th holding of what is considered as “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This will be the 12th time that Corvette has served as the Pace Car for the event, starting in 1978.
Jim Campbell, GM vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, remarked that it is an honor to help inaugurate the all-new Corvette Stingray at the “hallowed Brickyard” and continue the legacy between Chevrolet and the Indianapolis 500.
He noted that since the performance of the 2014 Corvette Stingray was influenced by racing, assigning it as the Pace Car at the Indianapolis 500 is even more fitting. Campbell remarked that along with Chevrolet’s comeback in 2012 as an engine supplier, the Corvette Stingray Pace Car extends a legacy at the Brickyard that dates to its early days.
Jeff Belskus, president and chief executive of Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corp., quipped that “Chevrolet is a great partner of the Speedway,” a connection further emphasized this year with the next-generation Corvette being the Pace Car. Finished in Laguna Blue Tintcoat with official Indianapolis 500 graphics on the doors, the Corvette Stingray Pace Car boasts of track-mandated safety features and strobe lights.
The vehicle did not undergo any powertrain upgrades since its all-new 450hp 6.2L LT1 engine – which features advanced technologies including direct fuel injection, continuously variable valve timing and Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) – has the ability to remain in front of the Indy pack.