Today Chevrolet announced that a 2013 Corvette ZR1 will pace this year's Indianapolis 500, marking the 23rd time that a Chevy has paced the race and the 11th time the Corvette has performed the duty. With 638 horsepower from its supercharged 6.2-liter V8, the Corvette ZR1 will be the most powerful production machine to serve as the race's pace car.

Helping to celebrate six decades of production, the 2013 Corvette ZR1 pace car mimics the design cues of the 60th anniversary package that debuted earlier this year with Arctic White exterior paint and a full-length racing stripe in Pearl Silver Blue. Inside is a Blue Diamond leather-wrapped interior with suede accents.

Look for the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 during the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500, scheduled to start at 12:00 pm ET on Sunday, May 27th.

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INDIANAPOLIS – A 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 will lead the starting field of the 96th Indianapolis 500 to the green flag Sunday, May 27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. With 638 horsepower, the Corvette ZR1 is the most powerful production car ever to pace the race.

This will be the 23rd time a Chevrolet has paced "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" and the 11th time a Corvette is serving as the Pace Car. Both are event records. The 2013 model year will mark the 60th anniversary and the final year of production for the current generation Corvette.

"Corvette embodies pure performance, so the ZR1 is a perfect car to pace the most prestigious auto race in the world," said Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation president and chief executive officer. "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 is a truly momentous year for Chevrolet when it comes to performance, with our continued success on and off track, and especially with our return to the IndyCar Series, powering some of the fastest cars on the circuit," said Jim Campbell, GM vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. "I can't think of a better way to mark the 60th Anniversary of Corvette than having it lead the starting field of the Indianapolis 500."

A supercharged, 6.2-liter LS9 engine generating 638 horsepower helps to create the ZR1's performance. Of all mass-production companies, Chevrolet is the leader in using carbon fiber. The lightweight material is used for structural components, including the front fenders, hood, roof, front splitter, rocker panels and floor pans. With a curb weight of 3,353 pounds, the ZR1 features a power-to-weight ratio of just 5.2 pounds per horsepower. The ZR1 also features advanced technology such as Magnetic Selective Ride Control, Launch Control system with Performance Track Management, a four-channel ABS system and Brembo carbon-ceramic disc brake rotors.

As a result, the ZR1 is the fastest Chevrolet ever produced, capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, and capable of reaching a top speed of 205 mph. The ZR1 lapped the famed Nurburgring' Nordschleife ("north loop") in 7:19.63.

The first Chevrolet selected as the Indianapolis 500 pace car was the 1948 Fleetmaster Six. The brand would go on to lead the racing pack more than any other manufacturer. In addition to the Fleetmaster Six, the list of Chevy pace cars includes:
  • 1955 Bel Air
  • 1967 Camaro
  • 1969 Camaro
  • 1978 Corvette
  • 1982 Camaro
  • 1986 Corvette
  • 1990 Beretta
  • 1993 Camaro
  • 1995 Corvette
  • 1998 Corvette
  • 1999 Monte Carlo
  • 2002 Corvette
  • 2003 SSR
  • 2004 Corvette
  • 2005 Corvette
  • 2006 Corvette
  • 2007 Corvette
  • 2008 Corvette
  • 2009 Camaro
  • 2010 Camaro
  • 2011 Camaro
  • 2013 Corvette
Corvette 60th Anniversary Package

The Corvette Pace Car features an exterior paint scheme and full body length stripe similar to that of the 60th Anniversary Package being made available on all 2013 Corvette models. The 60th Anniversary Package features an Arctic White exterior with a Blue Diamond leather-wrapped interior with suede accents. Convertible models will have a blue top.

Additional content includes a ZR1-style rear spoiler, special badging, gray-painted brake calipers and the "60th" logo on the wheel center caps, steering wheel and seat headrests. An optional graphics package adds full-length racing stripes in Pearl Silver Blue, including a tonal stripe stitched into the convertible top, extending the graphic theme over the roof.

For 2013, all Corvettes will feature 60th Anniversary badges on the fascias and the "waterfall" panel on convertible models, as well as 60th logos in the instrument panel gauge cluster and on the sill plates.

The 96th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled to start at noon (ET) Sunday, May 27. The driver of the Pace Car will be announced soon.



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      Mchicha
      • 2 Years Ago
      Whoever is driving it should go all out...
        QCRamAir
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mchicha
        +1 It'd be awesome to see a pace car clicking past 150 MPH.
          k_m94
          • 2 Years Ago
          @QCRamAir
          C'mon, it's a ZR1! It could click past 180mph on Indy, couldnt it?
      ImpulseGTO
      • 2 Years Ago
      The vette is the pace car since Chevy is an engine supplier. Unlike dodge/srt/Chrysler.
      Bobby_Sards
      • 2 Years Ago
      what an interesting story. Feels like it has been a corvette every year! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indianapolis_500_pace_cars I love the year 2000 pace car, Olds Aurora hahh
        72CJ5driver
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bobby_Sards
        I think the 2001 Olds bravada was the pinnacle of pace car tech. lol
      Jonathan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Knowing the power and preformance of this car the pace car is probably going to be stock .
      Joe Carter
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yawn. Another boring Corvette with the same boring Corvette looks. It"s a shame that so many people buy the vette, Every year it stays the same and it hasn't really made any major visual changes since what? 1997? Performance wise, same engines, same power, same everything.
        72CJ5driver
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Joe Carter
        yep, the supercharged aluminum blcok 638hp 6.2 in the ZR1 is exactly the same engine as the iron block 300 hp 5.7 from 1997. So is the carbon fiber body work.
          Joe Carter
          • 2 Years Ago
          @72CJ5driver
          But then again I'm mostly hating because the Viper didn't get the spot.
          k_m94
          • 2 Years Ago
          @72CJ5driver
          The Viper didnt get the spot because: a) Chrysler isnt an Indy supplier like GM b) even if they were, the Viper hasnt even come into production yet, Im pretty sure what we saw is still considered pre production (but not a concept). Maybe the year after.
      protovici
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yawn..... How about a C7 ZR1?!
        QCRamAir
        • 2 Years Ago
        @protovici
        Right, since there's not even a base C7 out yet...
          protovici
          • 2 Years Ago
          @QCRamAir
          Thats the point @QCRamAir. Nothing special.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @protovici
        Sure...in about 5 years or so when the C7 has actually come out, aged a little, and backed up by a higher performance model. For now, the most powerful Corvette (and until MY2013 most powerful American Car) is the awesome C6 ZR1.
      Will Massenburg
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why do pace cars have such ugly graphics/sticker packages. Take those cheesy graphics off.. and it looks amazing. But as is, it makes a $120,000 Corvette look like a $2,000 12 year old Civic. I understand that the Indy500 graphics need to be shown, but couldnt they come up with something more tasteful instead of that Chucky Cheese outlook.
        dan1malk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Will Massenburg
        I thought this Pacecar is actually one of the more tame designs compared to older ones.
        RouseHouse
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Will Massenburg
        Uh, it just has this year's logo on it... Are there stickers I'm missing?
      MechE
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hope the race cars can keep up with it.
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is it bad that reading this got me excited at the idea of the new Viper being the pace car next year, like it was in 1991 and 1996? :)
        QCRamAir
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        I agree. And I think it should have been this year's pace car. Oh well. Maybe (and hopefully) next year.
        Mchicha
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        Viper is not represented in the Series, Chevrolet is.
      Mchicha
      • 2 Years Ago
      help the Chevrolet warm their tires...
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