Following the release of several spyshots earlier this week, Chevrolet has officially confirmed that the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray will indeed be the official pace car of the 97th annual Indianapolis 500 which will take place later this month.
When the Corvette pace car hits the track at Indy, it will be the 12th time that a Corvette has served as the official pace car of the event ever since it first initially took on the role back in 1978, when a two-tone black and silver C3 era Vette lead the pack at the 62nd iteration of the iconic race. This iteration will visually stand out to current race fans thanks to its special Laguna Blue paintjob which is contrasted nicely with official Indy 500 graphics on the doors as well as other graphics scattered throughout its sporty lines. The company claims that other than a special set of strobe lights and several new safety features to make it comply with race regulations, the pace car will otherwise be identical to the production version of the 2014 Corvette Stingray which will begin arriving at select Chevy dealers later this year in terms of equipment and raw performance numbers.
Jim Campbell, GM’s vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports was quick to point out the significance of this pace car stating, “It is an honor to help inaugurate the all-new Corvette Stingray at the hallowed Brickyard and further the legacy between Chevrolet and the Indianapolis 500,” said Jim Campbell, GM vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “The 2014 Corvette Stingray’s performance was influenced by racing, making this prestigious assignment even more fitting.”
Along with the Vette’s 12th appearance in the pace car role, this particular race will also mark two other Indy 500 related milestones for GM which should please company loyalists and followers. The first of these is that it will be the 17th consecutive year that a General Motors product has paced the circuit, and the 24th time that a vehicle from the Chevrolet division has been chosen to handle this prestigious duty. Overall a very strong showing from the General, and we here at Autosavant look forward to seeing the Vette in action (along with the racers) on May 26th.