A 638hp Pace Car for the Indy 500 - Chevy Corvette ZR1 Revs its Engine

The 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 will pace this year’s Indianapolis 500.

Officials today in Indianapolis, Indiana announced that the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 will pace the 2012 Indianapolis 500 for a record-setting 11th straight time. The 2013 'Vette is the most powerful production car to ever pace a race. The Corvette has a long-standing relationship with the famous American race. The first time a Chevrolet served in this official capacity was back in 1948 when a Fleetmaster Six worked the event and since then Chevy has paced the event 23 times.

The bowtie brand will also enter the race with several cars competing for the first time since 2005. The 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 combines light weight with serious power. Weighing in at 3,353lbs, the 'Vette features a 6.2-liter LS9 engine rated at 638hp and can run from 0-60mph in 3.4 seconds with top speed reaching 205mph. Chevy has dressed their Corvette pace car in 60th Anniversary trim, with an Arctic White finish complemented by silver stripes down the center. According to the IndyStar, no celebrity pace car driver has been selected as of yet, but all signs point to the Food Network's Guy Fieri.

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