2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is the official Pace Car for the 2018 Indianapolis 500

Article by Christian A., on April 21, 2018

Has there ever been an Indy pace car that’s better than the Corvette ZR1 pace car, with 755 horsepower (563 kilowatts)? The answer is a resounding no. As the 102nd Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway comes closer, Chevy decided to unleash its new Corvette ZR1 Pace Car. It is dressed in a dark blue finish, has a massive rear wing, and is accented with red accents, together with an appropriate door-mounted livery.

The newly revealed ZR1 Corvette is going to be the 15th Corvette that will take on the legendary race. This will also be the 29th time a Chevy product will be leading a pack since 1911 with the Indy 500’s Inception. If you were not born yet back then, it was actually the 1948 Fleetmaster Six convertible that was Chevy’s very first vehicle to take on the track, while the very first Corvette pace car was a 1978 C3 Corvette, which had Jim Rathmann as the driver.

J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president, said that Chevrolet and IMS have one of the longest running and strongest bonds in motorsports. After all those years of seeing Corvettes on the Indianapolis 500, Boles is confident to say that this is a reminder of the rich history of this great relationship.

Without any surprise, this year’s Corvette ZR1 will be faster than the past vehicles that have taken on this track, considering that it is the one of the most powerful production cars to take on the track. Under its hood is a 6.2 liter supercharged V8 with an output of 755 horsepower and 715 pound feet (969 Newton metres) of torque.

The Corvette ZR1 Pace Car only needs 2.85 seconds to sprint to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour), and continue to a top speed of 212 miles per hour (341 kilometers per hour). This doesn’t only make it the fastest pace car ever, but also the fastest production Corvette that has ever been built. The new Corvette ZR1 Pace Car sits on chrome aluminum 19-inch front, and 20-inch rear wheels, with Brembo Carbon Ceramic brake system. On the exterior, it gets a unique Indy 500 graphics package too.

Steve Majoros, marketing director for Cars and Crossover, said that Chevrolet is proud to join the Indianapolis 500. He added that the ZR1 is actually the perfect car to pace The Greatest Spectacle in Racing because it is the fastest and the most powerful Corvette ever made.

On Sunday, May 27, 2018, watch out for the 2018 Indy 500 race. Here, you will find the 2019 Corvette ZR1, as well as all the 14 Corvette pace cars that participated in the past years.

Press Release

2019 CORVETTE ZR1 TO PACE 102ND INDIANAPOLIS 500

The 2019 Corvette ZR1 is the official Pace Car for the 2018 Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil and will lead drivers to the green flag on Sunday, May 27, for the 102nd running of the legendary race.

It marks the 15th time a Corvette has served as the official Pace Car since 1978, and the 29th time a Chevrolet has led the field dating back to 1948, when a 1948 Fleetmaster Six convertible paced the race.

No other vehicle has served as the Pace Car more than the Corvette. To celebrate the iconic supercar’s connection to “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” the 2019 Corvette ZR1 and the other 14 Corvettes that have paced the 500 were on display on the front straightaway today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“Chevrolet is proud to once again pace the Indianapolis 500,” said Steve Majoros, marketing director for Cars and Crossovers. “The ZR1 is the most powerful and fastest Corvette ever made. It’s the perfect choice to pace ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.’”

The 2019 Corvette ZR1 Pace Car features:

LT5 Small Block 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine with 755 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque
8-speed 8L90 paddle-shift automatic transmission
ZTK Performance Package featuring a stanchion-mounted adjustable carbon-fiber high rear wing, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and performance suspension
Magnetic Selective Ride Control™
Brembo® Carbon Ceramic brake system
ZR1 chrome-aluminum wheels, 19-inch front and 20-inch rear
Standard Performance Traction Management and Electronic Limited-Slip Differential
Unique Indy 500 graphics package
GM Design fully integrated safety strobe system
Performance Data and Video Recorder
The Corvette ZR1 Pace Car can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 2.85 seconds and reach a top track speed of 212 mph, the fastest Corvette in history.

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.

“Chevrolet and IMS enjoy one of the longest-running and strongest bonds in motorsports,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “Seeing all of the incredible Corvettes that have paced the Indianapolis 500 on the track today is an exciting reminder of the rich history of this great relationship. This year’s Pace Car, the 2019 Corvette ZR1, is an incredible fast machine that is a perfect fit to lead the 500 field to the green flag.”

Chevrolet is pursuing its seventh consecutive IndyCar manufacturer championship this year, building on a successful 2017 season that saw 10 wins out of 17 races.

Visit IMS.com to purchase tickets for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday, May 27, and for more information on the complete month of May IMS schedule.

The race also will be televised live on ABC, with the pre-race show starting at 11 a.m. EDT. Advance Auto Parts IndyCar Radio will provide live coverage of the race to its affiliates and on Sirius 214, XM 209, www.indycar.com, www.indycarradio.com and the INDYCAR Mobile app.

Source: Chevrolet

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