17th Corvette to lead the field at the Indianapolis 500
Last two race-winners were Chevrolet powered
The 34th, and possibly most important car at the Indianapolis 500 later this month will be a Chevrolet once again. The Official Pace Car for the 104th running of the 500 will be a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. The new mid-engine model of the classic American sports car.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway made the announcement this morning, marking the 31st time a Chevrolet has paced the field at Indy. And it’s a whole lot quicker than the 1948 Fleetmaster Six convertible that lead the field that first time. It’s probably a lot quicker than some of those early race cars that crossed the finish line at that event.
Driving the car the for the first Indianapolis 500 not held in May will be GM President Mark Reuss. It’ll be a Torch Red 2020 Stingray with the Z51 performance package, accessory spoiler and ground effects package, and carbon flash exterior accents.
“It’s truly an honour to have the opportunity to be behind the wheel of the mid-engine Corvette Pace Car at such a historic race as the Indy 500,” said Reuss.
Will there be an offering from Chevrolet to let you buy your own car with the Indy 500 pace car graphics? GM hasn’t said anything, and while they’ve not often shied away from a Pace Car Edition before, the shortened 2020 model year production that’s resulted from the GM strike and then COVID pandemic might put a damper on the 17th time a Corvette has paced the 500.
This year’s Indy 500 will be held August 23rd, broadcast live on NBC.