Other than in the actual competition Sunday, Corvettes are taking over the Indianapolis 500 this weekend! Saturday’s lap around the track by 300 Chevrolet Corvette and Camaro owners is part of the celebration, in conjunction with the company’s role as the Official Pace Car of the 2007 Indianapolis 500.
According to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway website: “The premise for this program was to create an opportunity for our Corvette enthusiasts in the Indianapolis area to help us celebrate Chevrolet’s heritage pacing the Indianapolis 500,” said Terry Dolan, manager of Chevrolet Racing. “When our dealers approached five car clubs in the Indianapolis area about the idea, there was unanimous support. Our 300 spaces to participate filled up very quickly.”
In addition, television's "Grey's Anatomy" star Patrick Dempsey will be driving the Corvette Pace Car on Sunday. Dempsey is considered a good selection not only for his star power, but because he is a co-owner of IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500 team Vision Racing.
The 2007 Corvette convertible that will serve as the Indianapolis 500 Pace Car is virtually identical to the convertible models available today through local Chevrolet dealerships. Because the production Corvette is so track-ready with 400 horsepower, an 186 mph top speed, a 0-60 mph time of 4.1 seconds, class-leading aerodynamics, a suspension that can handle .98 Gs in cornering situations and large 18-inch front and 19-inch rear wheels, few changes were made to prepare it for this year's role other than the necessary safety additions (strobe lights, etc.) and a spoiler from the Z06 Corvette.
The Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Pace Car appears in "Atomic Orange" with distinctive gold ribbon graphics and Indy 500 logos; 500 production replicas will be offered for sale to the public with an MSRP starting at $66,995. Watch Corvette Blog for the announcement of the arrival of our Pace Car replica.
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