86th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 26, 2002,
brought together two powerful symbols that stir the
imaginations of enthusiasts around the world. Chevrolets
Corvette, an international performance icon, was the
Official Pace Car of the worlds most prestigious
paced the Indianapolis 500 a record 13th time, and Corvette
performed the Pace Car duties for the fifth time since
1978 the most appearances by a single brand.
years Memorial Day classic was paced by a 2003
"50th Anniversary" Corvette coupe, showcasing
Americas favorite sports car at the Greatest Spectacle
in Racing and was a milestone event because it signaled
the start of a yearlong celebration leading up to Corvettes
50th Anniversary in 2003.
of the first 2003 Corvette coupes were outfitted for
pace car duty at the speedway this year. The cars were
"Anniversary Red" and are essentially stock,
with only minor upgrades to the suspension, transmission,
and exhaust systems and mandatory safety features added.
The pace car was driven by 33-year-old actor Jim Caviezel.
86th running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race also
marked the return of Chevrolet to the most hallowed
ground in motorsports. Chevrolet competed in the Indianapolis
500 for the first time since 1993 with the all-new Chevy
Indy V8 racing engine. Chevrolet won 86 Indy-style races,
including six Indianapolis 500 victories, and five series
championships from 1986-93.
racing heritage began with company co-founder Louis
Chevrolet, who gained international fame as an engineer
and race car driver.
celebrating Corvettes golden anniversary occurred
from coast to coast. The Historic Motorama coordinated
by the National Corvette Museum (www.corvettemuseum.com)
on June 24-28 consisted of one example from each production
year to honor the more than 1.2 million Corvettes that
have been produced since 1953.
also was the honored marque at the Rolex Monterey Historic
Automobile Races on Aug. 16-18, 2002, at Laguna Seca
Raceway in Monterey, Calif.
Corvette that provided the platform for the Indianapolis
500 Pace Car is equipped with a standard 5.7-liter LS1
V8 engine that produces 350 horsepower in production
trim. Corvette incorporates advanced technology such
as hydroformed frame rails, Active Handling System,
driver-selectable suspension modes and optional Head-Up
49 years, Corvette remained true to its two-seat sports
car heritage. The 1998 Corvette combined power, performance,
handling and technology while delivering the
maximum amount of driving pleasure to those who value
winner of this year's race was Helio Castroneves driving
his Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Chevy.