2007 Chevrolet Corvette convertible paced the 91st running
of the Indianapolis 500 on
May 27, 2007. As it was selected as the Official Pace
Car, Chevrolet supplied several identically prepared
and uniquely trimmed Corvette convertibles in
new Atomic Orange paint with distinctive gold ribbon
graphics that served in the official pace duties
of the race, as well as supporting activities. This
year, the driver of this Pace Car was Patrick Dempsey,
co-owner of IndyCar team Vision Racing, and star of
Grey's Anatomy" TV series !
hundred production replicas of those official cars were
offered to the public all of them convertibles.
They were available beginning this spring, after the
completion of this year's race.
distinguishing features of the Pace Car replica convertibles
* Atomic Orange exterior color, including door handles
* Indianapolis 500 exterior graphics including
gold ribbon graphics that flow outward from the front
fender vents and Indianapolis 500 door
* Special Indianapolis 500 fender badges
* Color-keyed Z06 rear spoiler
* New aluminum split-spoke wheels in Sterling
* Ebony seats with embroidered Indianapolis 500 logos
* Interior trim plate and pods painted Atomic Orange
* Atomic Orange engine covers
of the Pace Car replicas are equipped with the Corvettes
standard LS2 small-block V-8 and Z51 performance package.
A six-speed manual transmission is standard, with the
six-speed paddle-shift automatic optional. The navigation
system with Bose audio, as well as OnStar, is standard.
for the Pace Car replica convertible is $66,995 MSRP,
including destination. The paddle-shift six-speed automatic
is the only option, which brings the price to $68,245.
performance-bred Corvette handled its official pace
duties in nearly factory-stock trim, with little more
than race track-required safety equipment and strobe
lights added as well as, of course, the eye-catching
graphics. In years past, many Indy Pace Cars required
extensive modification to perform their on-track tasks.
The 2007 Corvettes powertrain and suspension,
including the 400-horsepower (298 kW) LS2 small-block
V-8 engine, are more than adequate to maintain the speed,
acceleration and handling required to lead the pack
around the famed Brickyard race track.
year marked the ninth time Corvette has served as the
Official Pace Car of the Indianapolis 500. The previous
years were 1978, 1986, 1995, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2005
and 2006. It also is a record fourth consecutive turn
for the Corvette, as well as a record 18 th time for
a Chevrolet, to be selected as the Pace Car.
replicas were not offered every time the Corvette was
selected as the Pace Car. In fact, 2007 marks the first
time Chevrolet has offered a regular-production replica
since 1998. But along with the regular-production models,
several dozen copies of all the pace cars have been
used for official activities in support of their respective
Indianapolis 500 races, such as parades. These cars
known as festival or "track"
cars have become prized collectibles, along with
the limited-edition regular-production replicas.
Team driver Helio Castroneves won the pole position.
His four-lap average speed of 225.817 mph in the No.
3 Team Penske Dallara/Honda/Firestone held up to fellow
Brazilian Tony Kanaan's assault (225.757) as the gun
was fired to end the six-hour session. This year's winner
of the rain delayed and shortened race was Dario Franchitti,
of Andretti Green Racing.