Chevrolet first debuted its Corvette Stingray pace car at the 2013 Indy 500, but this past weekend saw the new 'Vette return to its home during the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. As you'll recall, open-wheel racing returned to Belle Isle in 2012 as part of a three-year deal worked out between General Motors, the Penske Corporation and IndyCar.

Driving the Corvette Stingray pace car during the Belle Isle IndyCar festivities was none other than GM's North American President, Mark Reuss. In the first video posted below, Reuss talks about the new Corvette's rev-match downshift feature, which he considers his favorite part about the C7 Stingray driving experience. Reuss also discusses what he likes most about the Belle Isle track – a course that went through a number of revisions after last year's mess. You can watch that, as well as a fan video posted on YouTube by user DtRockstar1, below.

This year's featured a dual IndyCar race, with teams competing in two 70-lap competitions on both Saturday and Sunday. In both races, many a caution flag was thrown, including a lengthy Corvette-paced session during Sunday's race due to a 10-car crash, but hey, at least the track stayed intact this year. Saturday's race was won by Honda driver Mike Conway, with Chevy driver Ryan Hunter-Reay taking second and Justin Wilson, also Honda-sponsored, in third. Sunday saw Honda drivers in all three podium spots, with Simon Pagenaud, James Jakes and Mike Conway taking the one-two-three spots, respectively.

Scroll down to see two videos of the C7 Corvette Stingray pace car on Belle Isle.





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      likeaboss1234boss
      • 1 Year Ago
      that blue is incredibly sexy
      jf.bouchard
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Corvette looks really nice in blue. This blue paint color is right up there with Interlagos Blue and World Rally Blue as the nicest blue color IMO.
      HUMANMPC2000
      • 1 Year Ago
      Make mines a black convertible with the Z51 package and the seven speed please.
      550PlusX5
      • 1 Year Ago
      Me likey... Me likey.... I'll wait for the real tests to before though... I'll take one in red or blue....
      PaulB
      • 1 Year Ago
      Rev match is their new breakthrough feature??? Please, my 2010 Infiniti G37 had that. I was at the Grand Prix and a lot of people liked it, but I think this thing looks like a cheap matchbox car, not to mention it was doggin around the track as hard and couldn't take corners at all....next time let a GT3 pace. All the blacks and hillbillies will love those 4 chrome exhaust tips
        frigk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @PaulB
        Like the look or not the base c-7 is likely to be only very slightly off the pace of your 997.2 GT3. The Z06 will likely beat it, the ZR1 embarrass it. So what exactly did all of your money buy you.... The right to be a pretentious douche obviously. Then you go and post the crap you did ("blacks and hillbilles") and prove the stereotype spot on. Your level of fail has reached epic proportions..quick kill yourself before you make it any worse.
        michael
        • 1 Year Ago
        @PaulB
        Nissan can sell the G37 because it's a POS but I bet over 40,000 vettes will be sold in 2014 you can bet on it.
        BahamaTodd
        • 1 Year Ago
        @PaulB
        The breakthrough is that its able to rev match both down AND up shifts.
      VDuB
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just keep the door shut and it will look good. I don't want to see the 2007 Trailblazer parts.
      gtv4rudy
      • 1 Year Ago
      This Vette led most of the race... (sarcasm)
        • 1 Year Ago
        @gtv4rudy
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      bubba_roe
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thats one ugly car.
      TrueDat
      • 1 Year Ago
      Anybody know how that "rev match" feature works??? I would assume that as your braking into a turn, you 1) select your gear 2) pull the lever, and it revs to the appropriate RPM..
        PaulB
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TrueDat
        You apply the brake and the car does the rest.
        travisjb
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TrueDat
        Yes, same as what Nissan introduced on the 370z / G37 5 years ago... they called it SRM or synchro-rev match. Discussed here: http://www.caranddriver.com/features/2009-nissan-370zs-synchrorev-match-explained
      jcrt66
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ahh corvettes you either love them or hate them. I have my C7 on waiting list since Feb. with the dealer. I just sold a 66 and a 78 and I am finally going to a modern Vette.
      Dreez28
      • 1 Year Ago
      This car is causing a lot of hater butt hurt. You know it's a great car when people try to bash it and sound like ignorant idiots in the process. If you don't know anything about the car, but just hate it because you hate Corvettes, do us all a favor and don't comment.
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