Corvette ZR1 2019 named as official Indianapolis 500 pace car

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Corvette has announced that the 2019 Corvette ZR1 will be the official pace car for the 2018 Indianapolis 500. The 6.2-liter supercharged V8 will lead drivers to the green flag on Sunday, May 27, for the 102nd running of the race.

The upcoming race will mark the 15th time a Corvette has served as the official pace car since 1978, and the 29th time a Chevrolet has led the field dating back to 1948, when a 1948 Fleetmaster Six convertible paced the race.

“Chevrolet and IMS enjoy one of the longest-running and strongest bonds in motorsports,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) president. “This year’s pace car, the 2019 Corvette ZR1, is an incredibly fast machine that is a perfect fit to lead the 500 field to the green flag.”

Chevrolet is pursuing its seventh consecutive IndyCar manufacturer championship this year, building on a successful 2017 season that saw 10 wins out of 17 races.

“Chevrolet is proud to once again pace the Indianapolis 500,” said Steve Majoros, marketing director for Cars and Crossovers at Corvette. “The ZR1 is the most powerful and fastest Corvette ever made. It’s the perfect choice to pace ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing’.”

 

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