General Motors has announced that its 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 has been selected as the pace car for the 96th Indianapolis 500.
“Corvette embodies pure performance, so the Corvette ZR1 is a perfect car to pace the most prestigious auto race in the world,” Jeff Belskus, president and CEO of Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation, said in a statement. “Chevrolet is a great partner of the Speedway, and we share in the excitement of the upcoming 60th anniversary of the iconic Corvette brand. It’s even more meaningful to see a Chevrolet pacing the field at Indy since Chevy has returned as an engine supplier for the IZOD IndyCar Series for the first time since 2005.”
This will be the eleventh time a Corvette has served as a pace car at U.S. racing event which opens on Sunday, May 27th during the Memorial Day weekend. The first Corvette to do so was back in 1978. Since then, a Chevrolet Corvette started the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” in 1986, 1995, 1998, 2002, and 2004 through 2008.
The 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 will be dressed similarly to the 60th Anniversary package offered for current Chevy Corvette models. 2013 is the 60th anniversary of the Corvette and also marks the last of the current design. An all-new model is scheduled to debut shortly. Generating over 630 horsepower from its supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine, the 2013 Chevy Corvette ZR1 is one of the most powerful vehicles in Chevy’s lineup and to hit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Source: General Motors/Chevrolet