conceptcarz.com


Image credits: © Chevrolet. GM Corp

2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car

Two racing icons will unite when Lance Armstrong, seven-time Tour de France winner, drives the 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 pace car to lead the field to the start of the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 28, 2006. For a record 17th time, a Chevy will pace the race, and it's the eighth time for a Corvette to be leading the pack.

Neither Armstrong nor the Corvette is a stranger to elite endurance racing. Armstrong won seven consecutive Tour de France titles, and the Corvette Z06 pace car he'll be driving is based on the C6.R Corvette racer that has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans four out of the past five years.

'We're proud that this year's Indianapolis 500 will showcase the new 505-horsepower Corvette Z06 and honored that it will be driven by another racing icon—Lance Armstrong,' said Ed Peper, Chevrolet General Manager. 'The 2006 Corvette Z06 is infused with technology from our own endurance racer—the four-time Le Mans winning C6.R Corvette race car—and having it play such a key role at this important event acknowledges the significance the vehicle has played in American culture for more than 50 years.'

2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Indianapolis 500 Pace CarAs the No. 1-ranked cyclist in the world in 1996, Armstrong competed as a member of the Ú.S. Cycling Team in the Summer Olympic Games. While seemingly at the top of his game, he was literally forced off his bike because of cancer. He formed the Lance Armstrong Foundation within months of his diagnosis to help others with their cancer struggles.

Armstrong then staged an incredible comeback, winning his first Tour de France title in 1999. After seven consecutive victories, Armstrong retired following the 2005 race and continues to be a leader and activist on behalf of cancer survivors around the world. The Lance Armstrong Foundation has become among the most influential organizations of its kind and provides practical information and tools people need to battle cancer and live strong through education, advocacy, public health programs and research grants.

'The Hulman-George Family and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway staff are honored that Lance Armstrong will pace the field for the start of the 90th Running of the Indianapolis 500,' said Joie Chitwood, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president and chief operating officer. 'Lance is a sports icon, and it's only fitting that he'll be driving another American icon on Race Day as he takes the wheel of the Chevrolet Corvette Z06. It's also gratifying to continue the long relationship between the Indianapolis 500 and Chevrolet with such an exciting, performance-bred vehicle as the Corvette Z06.'

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been the site of many memorable events since the facility opened in 1909. Similarly, Chevrolet has a rich heritage in racing that dates to company co-founder and namesake Louis Chevrolet, a gifted engineer and talented race car driver who competed in the Indianapolis 500 four times.

The 2006 Corvette Z06 that will serve as the Indy 500 pace car is virtually identical to the models available today through local Chevrolet dealerships. Because the production Corvette is so racing-ready with 505 horsepower capable of 198 mph and a 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds, sophisticated aerodynamics, a suspension that can handle 1.01 Gs in cornering situations and large 18-inch front and 19-inch rear wheels that are a foot wide in the rear, the only changes made to prepare it for this year's role were the addition of strobe lights and racing safety gear.

Like race cars, the duties of a pace car can be long and strenuous. During the last four Indy 500 races, for example, the Chevy pace vehicles led the field for a combined 186 laps (465 miles) of the total 800 race laps (2,000 miles). Even during green-flag race conditions, the pace cars patiently run at idle ready for action at a moment's notice.

With the Indianapolis 500 being such a classic American race during Memorial Day Weekend and with Chevy's 'An American Revolution' campaign, the Corvette Z06 pace car features an Americana red, white and blue theme. It displays an abstract Ú.S. flag pattern with 'Victory Red' and 'Cobalt Blue' ribbons flowing across the car on a base of 'Arctic White' with white stars flanking each side. The 2006 Indy 500 logo is on each door, and the Chevy red racing Bowtie appears at the top of the hood.

2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car
The race will be broadcast live on May 28 by ABC Sports and the IMS Radio Network. The green flag drops at 1 p.m. EDT. Tickets are available for the 2006 Indianapolis 500. For information, log on to www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com or call the IMS office at 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700.


Chevrolet has paced 16 previous Indianapolis 500 races, more than any other brand:

2005 - Corvette convertible
2004 - Corvette convertible
2003 - SSR
2002 - Corvette 50 th Anniversary Edition
1999 - Monte Carlo
1998 - Corvette
1995 - Corvette
1993 - Camaro Z28
1990 - Beretta
1986 - Corvette
1982 - Camaro Z28
1978 - Corvette
1969 - Camaro
1967 - Camaro
1955 - Bel Air
1948 – Fleetmaster

Source - Chevrolet
The Chevrolet Corvette was the Pace Car for the 2006 Indy 500 for the 8th time; 1978, 1986, 1996, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006. The Corvette also served as Pace Car for the Daytona 500, Rolex 24 Hours and LeMans 24 Hour Race.

The 2006 Z06 had very few modifications in order to serve as the pace car. With the advanced design of the car and the un-equaled power, all GM had to add were the color schemes and emergency light package.

The car was driven by Jay Leno.

The car is equipped with a 427 cubic-inch small-block engine generating 505 horsepower, with a top speed of 200 MPH and weighs approximately 3100 lbs.

Related Reading : Chevrolet Corvette History

Very few vehicles elicit the same kind of satisfaction as the Chevrolet Corvette. The Vette is a symbol of childhood dreams and grown-up triumph. The only true American Sports car, this car stands for excellence and became an icon as a high-performance and dynamic sports vehicle.First introduced in January of 1953, the Corvette has only become more renowned as the years drift by. Undergoing....
Continue Reading >>

Chevrolet Corvette Roars Into Its 60th Year

Chevrolet Corvette Roars Into Its 60th Year

On June 30, 1953, the first of a new kind of Chevrolet – indeed, a new kind of American car – rolled off an assembly line in Flint, Mich. The car had only two seats. There were no roll-up windows, or exterior door handles, for that matter. Its body wasnt stamped from steel but, rather, molded from reinforced fiberglass. While the postwar Baby Boom was in full swing, this was definitely....
Continue Reading >>

Corvette's Chassis Innovations Refined on the Race Track

Corvette's Chassis Innovations Refined on the Race Track

Its been said that racing improves the breed, and when it comes to the Chevrolet Corvette, nearly six decades of checkered flags are the proof. As Corvette marks its 60th anniversary in 2013, the design of the chassis, suspension and other drivetrain features are rooted in the rigors of competition. Candidly, Corvette was not a high-performance car until Zora Arkus-Duntov fitted it with....
Continue Reading >>

Chevrolet puts a groove into your ride

Chevrolet puts a groove into your ride

Chevrolet celebrates the 60th anniversary of legendary Corvette sports car More than 600 tunes mention the iconic Chevrolet brand Top 10 Chevrolet Corvette summer song playlist to stream Hot summer day… roof top down… wind in your hair … smile in your face… and Little Red Corvette cranked up to its loudest setting. Theres nothing like music in the car to make a journey really....
Continue Reading >>

Recent Vehicle Additions

Performance and Specification Comparison

Related Automotive News

HONDA CIVIC TYPE R MAKES NORTH AMERICAN DEBUT AT THE 2016 SEMA SHOW

HONDA CIVIC TYPE R MAKES NORTH AMERICAN DEBUT AT THE 2016 SEMA SHOW

Oct 28, 2016 - TORRANCE, Calif. Civic Type R headlines Civicpalooza display featuring more than nine tuned, accessorized and custom-built Civic Sedans, Coupes and Hatchbacks 10th Generation Civic Racing vehicles include 2016...
CAMARO AT THE BRICKYARD

CAMARO AT THE BRICKYARD

Nine pace cars trace the history of Camaro and the Indianapolis 500 INDIANAPOLIS – Among the milestones surrounding the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 this weekend is Chevrolets legacy as the official pace car – an honor it has held more...
RK MOTORS ADDS 'LEGENDS OF MOTORSPORTS' COLLECTION OF HISTORIC RACING MACHINES TO UPCOMING AUCTION

RK MOTORS ADDS 'LEGENDS OF MOTORSPORTS' COLLECTION OF HISTORIC RACING MACHINES TO UPCOMING AUCTION

Charlotte, N.C. – October 14, 2013— Only weeks after revealing plans to auction the 1977 McLaren M26 that James Hunt drove to his final F1 victory, RK Motors Collector Car Auctions (RKMCCA) today announced that four additional iconic racing...

French Indycar Racing Star Simon Pagenaud Will Race At Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Colorado Springs, June 5----------Honda-powered IndyCar racer Simon Pagenaud of France, winner of Sundays IZOD IndyCar Series race at the Detroit Grand Prix, and eighth at the Indianapolis 500 two weeks ago, will make his Pikes Peak International...
ANTICIPATION BUILDS AS RARE CARS ARE CONSIGNED TO RM'S FLAGSHIP UK SALE

ANTICIPATION BUILDS AS RARE CARS ARE CONSIGNED TO RM'S FLAGSHIP UK SALE

RM Auctions annual London sale returns to Battersea Evolution, 31st October, 2012 Now in its sixth year, the London sale is one of Europes consistently best performing collector car auctions Upcoming auction features a magnificent collection...
© 1998-2021. All rights reserved. The material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


Vehicle information, history, And specifications from concept to production.
Follow ConceptCarz on Facebook Follow ConceptCarz on Twitter RSS News Feed

Conceptcarz.com
© 1998-2021 Conceptcarz.com Reproduction Or reuse prohibited without written consent.