2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray pressed into service as the official pace car for the Indianapolis 500 - the 12th time a Corvette has served the purpose and the 24th for Chevy.
Just yesterday we brought you a report that the new Corvette Stingray would be setting the pace this year at the Indianapolis 500. Now Chevy has confirmed just that, releasing the first images of the Stingray pace car that will be serving for the 97th running of "the greatest spectacle in racing". Chevy has decked the Stingray out in Laguna Blue for the job, and fit it with the requisite safety equipment, strobe lights and Indy 500 graphics. No further mechanical differences were required, though, of GM's new flagship sportscar.
This marks the 12th time that the Corvette has served as the official pace car for the Indy 500, setting a record that stretches back to the first time a Vette paced the Brickyard back in 1978. It's also the 24th time a Chevrolet has been selected for the task, setting another record. Chevy has a long history at Indy that extends far beyond pace cars, though. The Chevrolet brothers each competed in the race, starting with Arthur Chevrolet who raced in the very first Indy 500 in 1911. Since then it has powered seven Indy 500 wins, another 111 wins at other IndyCar races and seven championships.