For the 23rd time in the running of the Indianapolis 500, a Chevrolet will lead the pack to the green flag. This year, the car chosen is the 638-horsepower Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
, which goes down in the history books as the most powerful production car ever selected for pace car duties.
The 2013 Corvette ZR1 becomes the 11th Corvette model to serve as pace car, which is a fitting send-off for the last-production-year C6 variant. This year also marks the 60th anniversary of the Corvette, and all 2013 models will come with special anniversary badging on the fascias, instrument panel, sill plates and “waterfall” panel of convertible models.
This year marks the 96th running of the event, which dates back to 1911. It also marks Chevy’s return as an engine supplier to the IndyCar series
for the first time since 2005.
GM’s vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, Jim Campbell, called it a “truly momentous year for Chevrolet,” since it now powers “some of the fastest cars on the circuit.” In fact, a Chevy-powered car has won all four IndyCar races run this season.
Chevrolet hasn’t said if they’ll produce a run of pace car replicas, but that’s been tradition as far back as we can remember. Until Chevy gets that sorted out, it’s offering up the 60th Anniversary Package, with the same Arctic White exterior (with Pearl Silver Blue stripes) and Blue Diamond interior as the pace car.