88th running of the Indianapolis 500 held on May 30,
2004, brought together two powerful symbols that stir
the imaginations of enthusiasts around the world...Chevrolet
and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway...as a 2004 Corvette
Convertible served once again as the Official Pace Car
of this year's Indianapolis 500.
performed Indy 500 pace car duties for a record sixth
time, being driven by the actor, Morgan Freeman. This
also marked the third consecutive year and 15th time
overall that a Chevrolet product has served as the official
pace vehicle - the most appearances by any brand.
the 2004 model year was the last of Corvette's current
"C-5" design, pacing the Indy 500 acknowledged
the significance the vehicle played in American culture.
2004 Corvette that served as the Indy 500 Pace Car was
virtually identical to the Convertibles available through
local Chevrolet dealerships.
race cars, the duties of a pace car can be long and
strenuous. During the last two races, for example, the
Chevy pace vehicle cars led the field for a combined
84 laps (210 miles) of the total 400 race laps (1,000
miles) run, at an average lap speed of 75 mph. Even
during green flag race conditions, the pace cars patiently
run at idle, ready for action at a moment's notice.
few modifications were made to the Corvette to prepare
it for it's duties this year: heavy-duty transmission
and power steering coolers, a lower restriction muffler
system, four-point racing-type safety belts and a safety
strobe light system.
white and blue two-tone paint treatment incorporates
Americana-themed graphics, tying into Chevrolet's new
"An American Revolution" marketing theme.
The theme captures Chevrolet's pride and passion for
innovation, and for success not only in motorsports,
but also as it launches 10 new car and truck products
in 20 months.
produced no replicas of this year's Pace Car to sell
to the public, although some Pace Car diehard enthusuiasts
have gone thru the trouble to recreate one of these
winner of this year's race was Buddy Rice, driving his
Rahal Letterman Racing Panoz G Force/Honda.