This year marks the 13th time a Corvette has been chosen as a pace car for the 2015 Indianapolis 500 Auto Race.
1. 2015 – Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is this years pace car for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 and Corvettes 13th time as a pace car. The Corvette will be driven by professional racer Jeff Gordon at the start of the race and Johnny Rutherford during caution periods. The Z06 will be leading the pack in it’s original showroom quality with bonus indy graphic package and strobe lights.
This new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is lightweight and has a rigid aluminum frame, carbon-fiber hood and removable carbon-fiber roof panel. It was designed to be powerful, with a supercharged 6.2L aluminum V8 engine delivering 650 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s the only supercar to achieve 650 horsepower with two transmissions a 7-speed manual and 8-speed paddle-shift automatic. via: chevrolet.com.
2. 2013 – Chevrolet C7 Corvette Stingray
In the 2013 Indianapolis 500 the pace car was the 2014 Chevrolet C7 Corvette Stingray driven by football coach and former quarterback Jim Harbaugh at the start of the race and Johnny Rutherford during caution periods. It’s packed with 6.2-liter, 450-horsepower, a seven-speed manual transmission, and more.
3. 2012 – Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 C6
The 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 C6 was chosen as the 2012 Indianapolis 500 pace car. Guy Fieri, Food Network star, drove at the start of the race and Johnny Rutherford drove during caution times.
4. 2008 – Chevrolet Corvette C6 Z06 E85
In 2008, 2 Corvettes were used as pacer cars in the Indianapolis 500. The Z06 E85, was designed in 2 models, one represented the future and the other past. This allowed GM to promote it’s progress of the Corvette for the future and to commemorate it’s 30th year anniversary of the first Corvette pace car in 1978.
5. 2007 – Chevrolet Corvette C6
The 2007 Indianapolis 500 pace car was the Chevrolet Corvette C6 sporting the famous Atomic Orange Paint and distinctive gold ribbon graphics and driven by “Grey’s Anatomy” TV series star Patrick Dempsey.
6. 2006 – Chevrolet Corvette C6 Z06 Coupe
The 2006 Indianapolis 500 was the Chevrolet Corvette C6 Z06 Coupe driven by Lance Armstrong. This was before Armstrong was stripped of his sporting records in 2011.
7. 2005 – Chevrolet Corvette C6 Convertible
The Chevrolet Corvette C6 Convertible was driven by General Collin Powell for the start of the 2005 Indianapolis 500 race, and Joie Chitwood, III drove during caution times.
8. 2004 – Chevrolet Corvette C5
In 2004 the Indianapolis 500 pace car marketed the two-toned “An American Revolution” paint job by Chevrolet to advertise their big launch of new cars coming out later that same year. The Corvette was driven by famous actor Morgan Freeman.
9. 2002 – Chevrolet Corvette C5
In 2002 marked the 50th Anniversary for the Corvette and was proudly displayed with it’s signature paint color “Anniversary Red”. The Corvette was driven by actor Jim Caviezel who is famous for his movie role in The Passion of the Christ.
10. 1998 – Chevrolet Corvette C5
The 1998 Indianaplis 500 pace car was a show stopper with it’s radar blue exterior paint color, vibrant yellow wheels, and yellow and black leather interior. This year retired racing driver Parnelli Jones drove at the beginning of the race. Jones was a last minute subsitute for Greg Norman who was recovering from surgery.
11. 1995 – Chevrolet Corvette C4 Convertible
The 1995 pace car was the sporty two-toned dark burgundy and white Corvette C4 driven by Jim Perkins at the beginning of the race and Don Bailey for caution.
12. 1986 – Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
The 1986 Indianapolis pace car was driven by test pilot and retired Air Force General Chuck Yeager. This year also marked the return of the convertible to the Corvette line-up.
13. 1978 – Chevrolet Corvette C3
The 1978 Chevrolet Corvette C3 marked a special one for Corvette, being the first year chosen as a Indianaoplis 500 pace car and the 25th birthday of the Corvette. Driven by Jim Rathmann who won the Indy 500 in 1960.