racing icons united when Lance Armstrong, seven-time
Tour de France winner, drove the 2006 Chevrolet Corvette
Z06 Pace Car to lead the field to the start of the 90th
running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 28, 2006.
a record 17th time, a Chevy paced the race, and its
the eighth time for a Corvette to be leading the pack.
Armstrong nor the Corvette is a stranger to elite endurance
racing. Armstrong won seven consecutive Tour de France
titles, and the Corvette Z06 Pace Car he drove is based
on the C6.R Corvette racer that has won the 24 Hours
of Le Mans four out of the past five years.
proud that this years Indianapolis 500 will showcase
the new 505-horsepower Corvette Z06 and honored that
it will be driven by another racing icon Lance
Armstrong, said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager.
The 2006 Corvette Z06 is infused with technology
from our own endurance racer the four-time Le
Mans winning C6.R Corvette race car and having
it play such a key role at this important event acknowledges
the significance the vehicle has played in American
culture for more than 50 years.
the No. 1-ranked cyclist in the world in 1996, Armstrong
competed as a member of the U.S. Cycling Team in the
Summer Olympic Games. While seemingly at the top of
his game, he was literally forced off his bike because
of cancer. He formed the Lance Armstrong Foundation
within months of his diagnosis to help others with their
then staged an incredible comeback, winning his first
Tour de France title in 1999. After seven consecutive
victories, Armstrong retired following the 2005 race
and continues to be a leader and activist on behalf
of cancer survivors around the world. The Lance Armstrong
Foundation has become among the most influential organizations
of its kind and provides practical information and tools
people need to battle cancer and live strong through
education, advocacy, public health programs and research
Hulman-George family and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
staff are honored that Lance Armstrong will pace the
field for the start of 90th Running of the Indianapolis
500, said Joie Chitwood, Indianapolis Motor Speedway
president and chief operating officer. Lance is
a sports icon, and its only fitting that hell
be driving another American icon on Race Day as he takes
the wheel of the Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Its also
gratifying to continue the long relationship between
the Indianapolis 500 and Chevrolet with such an exciting,
performance-bred vehicle as the Corvette Z06.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been the site of many
memorable events since the facility opened in 1909.
Similarly, Chevrolet has a rich heritage in racing that
dates to company co-founder and namesake Louis Chevrolet,
a gifted engineer and talented race car driver who competed
in the Indianapolis 500 four times.
The 2006 Corvette Z06 that will serve as the Indy 500
Pace Car is virtually identical to the models available
today through local Chevrolet dealerships. Because the
production Corvette is so racing-ready with 505 horsepower
capable of 198 mph and a 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds,
class-leading aerodynamics, a suspension that can handle
1.01 Gs in cornering situations and large 18-inch front
and 19-inch rear wheels that are a foot wide in the
rear, the only changes made to prepare it for this years
role were the addition of strobe lights and racing safety
race cars, the duties of a Pace Car can be long and
strenuous. During the last four Indy 500 races, for
example, the Chevy pace vehicles led the field for a
combined 186 laps (465 miles) of the total 800 race
laps (2,000 miles). Even during green-flag race conditions,
the Pace Cars patiently run at idle ready for action
at a moments notice.
the Indianapolis 500 being such a classic American race
during Memorial Day Weekend and with Chevys An
American Revolution campaign, the Corvette Z06
Pace Car features an Americana red, white and blue theme.
It displays an abstract U.S. flag pattern with Victory
Red and Cobalt Blue ribbons flowing
across the car on a base of Arctic White
with white stars flanking each side. The 2006 Indy 500
logo is on each door, and the Chevy red racing Bowtie
appears at the top of the hood.