For the 12th time in the car's 60-year history, a Corvette will be the pace car for this year's Indianapolis 500.
A Laguna Blue seventh-generation 2014 Corvette Stingray will lead the field of 33 race cars to green at the start of the 97th running of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" on Sunday, May 26.
Since 1978, no other model has served as the Indy 500 pace car as often as the Corvette. And this is the 24th time a Chevrolet has served as the race's official Pace Car, dating to a Chevrolet Fleetmaster in 1948.
The Chevrolet brand's legacy at the Brickyard dates back to the race track’s early days.
Chevrolet was founded in 1911, the year of the inaugural 500-mile race, and the Chevrolet brothers – company co-founder Louis, Arthur and Gaston – all competed in early Indy 500 races. Arthur Chevrolet competed in the 1911 race and Gaston Chevrolet won it in 1920.
Chevrolet competed as an Indy car engine manufacturer in 1986-93 and 2002-05 with V-8 engines, and returned in 2012 with the currentr twin-turbo V-6. Over that period, those engines powered 118 wins, seven driver series champions seven Indianapolis 500 victories.
The pace car is fitted with a track-oriented Z51 Performance Package that is a regular production option. It includes an electronic limited-slip differential, dry-sump oiling system, brake, differential and transmission cooling and a unique aero package that further improves high-speed stability.
No powertrain upgrades are required to keep it in front of the IndyCar pack, thanks to its all-new 6.2L LT1 engine, with an estimated output of 450 horsepower.
The 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe goes on sale this fall, and a convertible model will follow a few months later.