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2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Indy 500 Pace Car

CORVETTE GRAND SPORT TO PACE 101ST INDIANAPOLIS 500

Track-honed model advances legacy and is 14th Corvette to pace the iconic race
INDIANAPOLIS — The Corvette Grand Sport is the official pace car for the 2017 Indianapolis 500 and will lead drivers to the green flag on May 28 for the 101st running of the legendary race.

It marks the 14th time a Corvette has served as the official pace car, starting in 1978, and the 28th time a Chevrolet has led the field, dating back to 1948. No other vehicle has served as the pace car more than the Corvette.

'Chevrolet is proud to once again pace the Indianapolis 500,' said Steve Majoros, marketing director for Cars and Crossovers. 'The Corvette Grand Sport's performance capability and motorsports heritage make it the perfect choice to pace the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.'

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Indy 500 Pace CarThe 2017 Corvette Grand Sport pace car features:
•460-hp (343 kW) LT1 direct-injected V-8 engine with dry-sump oiling and active exhaust
•Eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission
•Equipped with the available carbon-fiber ground effects package
•Specific Grand Sport wheel design: 19 x 10-inch (front) and 20 x 12-inch (rear)
•Standard magnetic ride control, specific stabilizer bars and unique springs
•Standard electronic limited-slip differential
•Includes the available Z07 package, with carbon ceramic-matrix brake rotors and 285/30ZR19 (front) and 335/25ZR20 (rear) high-performance tires
•Brembo Carbon Ceramic brake system with 15.5-inch (394 mm) rotors with six-piston calipers in front and 15.3-inch (380 mm) rotors with four-piston calipers in rear
•Únique Indy 500 graphics package.

The Grand Sport pace car equipped with the Z07 package can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds, cover the quarter mile in 11.8 seconds and achieve 1.2 g cornering capability.

Chevrolet has a storied history with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Chevrolet was founded in 1911, the year of the inaugural 500-mile race, and company cofounder Louis Chevrolet, along with brothers Arthur and Gaston, competed in early Indy 500 races. Arthur Chevrolet competed in the 1911 race and Gaston Chevrolet won it in 1920.


'Chevrolet and Indianapolis are inextricably linked, sharing one of the longest racing heritages in all of motorsports,' said J. Douglas Boles, president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 'We are proud of the longstanding relationship between Chevrolet and the Speedway and we love having the Corvette Grand Sport lead the 500 field to the green flag.'

Chevrolet is pursuing its sixth consecutive IndyCar manufacturer championship this year, building on a successful 2016 season that saw 14 wins out of 16 races.

Vital Stats and Specifications
Vital Stats
Engine : 6.2 L., 8-cylinder
Power: 460 hp
Torque: 455 ft-lbs


7-speed Manual8-speed Automatic
FAST FACT: The first Chevrolet Indianapolis 500 pace car was a 1948 Fleetmaster Six convertible.

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