Corvette to pace Indy 500

The Hamilton Spectator - - WHEELS -

The Corvette Grand Sport will be the of­fi­cial pace car for the 2017 In­di­anapo­lis 500 and will lead driv­ers to the green flag on May 28 for the 101st run­ning of the le­gendary race.

It marks the 14th time a Corvette has served as the of­fi­cial pace car, start­ing in 1978, and the 28th time a Chevro­let has led the field, dat­ing back to 1948. No other ve­hi­cle has served as the pace car more than the Corvette.

The 2017 Corvette Grand Sport pace car fea­tures a 460 hp LT1 di­rect-in­jected V-8 en­gine with dry-sump oil­ing and ac­tive ex­haust, eight-speed pad­dle-shift au­to­matic trans­mis­sion and the avail­able car­bon-fi­bre ground ef­fects pack­age among other spe­cial equip­ment.

The Grand Sport pace car equipped with the Z07 pack­age can ac­cel­er­ate from 0-60 mph in 3.6 sec­onds, cover the quar­ter mile in 11.8 sec­onds and achieve 1.2 g cor­ner­ing ca­pa­bil­ity. Chevro­let has a sto­ried his­tory with the In­di­anapo­lis Mo­tor Speedway. Chevro­let 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 pur­su­ing its sixth con­sec­u­tive IndyCar man­u­fac­turer cham­pi­onship this year, build­ing on a suc­cess­ful 2016 sea­son that saw 14 wins out of 16 races.

A spe­cially pre­pared Chevro­let Corvette Grand Sport will be the pace car of 2017 In­di­anapo­lis 500 on May 28.

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