Corvette is a familiar sight at the Brickyard
DETROIT – A 2014 Corvette Stingray convertible like the one above will serve as the pace car for the inaugural Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Indianapolis this weekend.
“Chevrolet and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have such a long history together, so it is exciting to be able to produce another ‘first’ at the famed Brickyard,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports.
Although this weekend’s event will be the first Grand Prix of Indianapolis, it won’t be the first time a Corvette has led the field at Indianapolis Motor Speedway: A Corvette has been a pace car for the Indianapolis 500 a record 12 times, starting in 1978. A 2014 Corvette Stingray paced the Indianapolis 500 field last year.
“Chevrolet…especially with a V8…leading a field of race cars at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. There is nothing better. Nothing,” said Doug Boles, president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The 2014 Corvette Stingray is the most powerful standard Corvette model ever, with an SAE-certified 455 hp and 460 lb.-ft. torque. The Corvette Stingray backs its performance capability with the greatest efficiency of any sports car on the market, delivering an EPA-estimated 17 mpg city driving and 29 mpg on the highway with the all-new seven-speed manual transmissions. No other car offers more than 455 hp and greater than 29 mpg on the highway.