Chevy Corvette ZR1 will pace the Indy 500

James Marshall
April 20, 2018

For the 15th time, a Corvette will lead the field to start the Indianapolis 500. In a press release this morning, they also mention it will be the 15th Corvette pace vehicle. It also will have a complement of strobe lights built in to make it as visible as possible.

Chevrolet announced today that the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 will handle pace auto duties at the 2018 Indy 500, which will be run on May 27 this year.

With 755 supercharged horsepower on tap, the Corvette ZR1 is actually more powerful than the current racers in IndyCar, which vary between 550 and 700 horsepower, depending on boost levels.

The Corvette ZR1 Pace Car can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.85 seconds and reach a top track speed of 212 miles per hour, the fastest Corvette in history.

Chevrolet has a storied history with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Arthur Chevrolet ran in the inaugural Indianapolis 500 the same year and their efforts eventually led Gaston to a 1st place victory in 1920. In honor of the occasion, Chevrolet displayed a 2019 Corvette ZR1 on the track's straightaway earlier today alongside 14 other Corvettes that have paced the race.

"Chevrolet and IMS enjoy one of the longest-running and strongest bonds in motorsports", said IMS President Doug Boles. "This year's Pace Car, the 2019 Corvette ZR1, is an incredible fast machine that is a ideal fit to lead the 500 field to the green flag".

Even at 212 miles per hour, the ZR1 is about 14 miles per hour off the pace of last year's fastest lap.

The race also will be televised live on ABC, with the pre-race show starting at 11 a.m. EDT.

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