Chevrolet has shared a long heritage with Indianapolis Motor Speedway and this connection is even keener this year as the next generation Corvette is up ahead in the spot light at the 97th running of ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing’ to be held on Sunday, May 26, 2013 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The association of Corvette being Pace Car at Indianapolis goes back to 1978 and this time round will be the 12th time that Corvette is serving as Pace Car.
The vehicle will be seen in a Laguna Blue Tint with Indianapolis 500 graphics on doors. The Pace Car varies as compared to production models as it is credited with track safety features and strobe lights. It comes with its legendary 6.2 liter LT1 engine portraying the most advanced of technological features which include direct fuel injection, continuous variable valve timing and active fuel management system which combine together to offer 450 hp.
The model will be equipped with track capable Z51 package which includes limited slip differential which plays a major role where reduction of under steer while cornering is concerned. The package also included enhanced aerodynamics and other improvements which aid in handling corners with more efficiency.
Jim Campbell, GM vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports said, “It is an honor to help inaugurate the all-new Corvette Stingray at the hallowed Brickyard and further the legacy between Chevrolet and the Indianapolis 500.” He added, “The 2014 Corvette Stingray’s performance was influenced by racing, making this prestigious assignment even more fitting.”
Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation president and chief executive officer said, “Chevrolet is a great partner of the Speedway.” He added, “That connection is heightened this year with the next-generation Corvette in front of a very talented field of racers.”