For the 14th time since 1978, a Chevrolet Corvette will lead the 33-car field to the green-flag for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 28.
In this case it will be a 2017 Corvette Grand Sport, equipped with Chevrolet’s Z07 package, capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) in 3.6 seconds, covering the quarter mile in 11.8 seconds and achieving 1.2 g cornering capability.
“The Corvette Grand Sport’s performance capability and motorsports heritage make it the perfect choice to pace the Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” said Steve Majoros, marketing director for Chevrolet cars and crossovers.
No other vehicle has served as the pace car more than the Corvette and Chevrolet models have paced the 500 28 times, dating back to 1948.
The 2017 Corvette Grand Sport pace car’s features include:
- 460-hp, 6.2-litre LT1 direct-injected V-8 engine with dry-sump oiling and active exhaust
- Eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission
- Carbon-fibre ground effects package
- Specific Grand Sport wheel design: 19 x 10-inch (front) and 20 x 12-inch (rear)
- Standard magnetic ride control, specific stabilizer bars and unique springs
- Standard electronic limited-slip differential
- Z07 package with carbon ceramic-matrix brake rotors and 285/30ZR19 (front) and 335/25ZR20 (rear) high-performance tires
- Brembo Carbon Ceramic brake system with 15.5-inch (394 mm) rotors with six-piston calipers in front and 15.3-inch (380 mm) rotors with four-piston calipers in rear
- Unique Indy 500 graphics package.
“Chevrolet and Indianapolis are inextricably linked, sharing one of the longest racing heritages in all of motorsports,” said J. Douglas Boles, president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Chevrolet brand 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 is one of two engine suppliers for cars in the race, along with Honda, and is the reigning IndyCar series manufacturer champion, winning 14 of 16 races in 2016 - though not the Indy 500.