to our friends at the National
Corvette Museum, officials from the Chevrolet
Corvette Pace Car Registry were very excited and
happy to be onsite at the Indianapolis Auto Show
on Thursday, December 27th for the historic unveiling
of not one, but two 2008 Corvette Pace cars
that will be used during the 92nd running of the
Indianapolis 500 race (or is it really THREE Pace
will be made at the 2008 Indianapolis 500 when a
pair of distinctive yet highly differentiated Corvette
models will serve as the Official Pace Cars
one highlighting Chevrolet's commitment to fuel
solutions and the other marking 30 years of Corvette's
Pace Car heritage.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway President and Chief
Operating Officer Joie Chitwood, and Chevrolet General
Manager Ed Peper do the honors to take the wraps
off of the 30th Anniversary Pace Car....
during this memorable occasion were (pictured below)
Indiana Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman, Indianapolis Motor
Speedway President and Chief Operating Officer Joie
Chitwood, and Chevrolet General Manager Ed Peper.
First Pace Car :
"Special Guest", 1978 Corvette Pace Car
#1, was brought over from the GM Heritage Center
for this great event and shared center stage to
help usher in a new generation of Corvette Pace
first "Official Pace Car" is a black-and-silver
30th Anniversary Commemorative edition that marks
the 30th anniversary of the celebrated 1978 Pace
Car the first Corvette to pace the field
at the Indianapolis 500. The Black and Silver paint
scheme is inspired by and honors the contributions
made by that 1978 Corvette. Another thing that will
be unique is that the 30th Anniversary edition CONVERTIBLE
will be used for laps 1-100, and a COUPE will finish
the duties of the race during laps 101-200 ! And
has been tradition for some time, due to the licensing
at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, these Official
Pace cars were already wearing their Firestone Firehawk
tires for race day (the replicas will of course
be wearing Goodyears again).
in line ..... Chevrolet will produce a total of
500 Pace Car replicas in both coupe and convertible
form (planned to be built during the month of April),
each signed personally by Pace Car driver Emerson
Fittipaldi at the Corvette's Bowling Green, Ky.,
assembly plant. The interior of the 2008 edition
is in 2-tone Titanium Gray / Ebony and sports the
Indianapolis "Wing and Wheel" logo embroidered
on the headrests of the seats. The folding top on
the Convertible is Gray in color.
Stay tuned .... More information on pricing and
availability will be announced a later date.
Second Pace Car :
second Pace Car is a customized Corvette Z06 E85
concept car that runs on E85 ethanol fuel, a domestically
produced alternative fuel similar to the 100 percent
fuel-grade ethanol that powers all of the race cars
in the IndyCar Series. It will be driven during
the race's pace lap by two-time Indianapolis 500
champion Emerson Fittipaldi. Mr. Fittipaldi was
unable to attend the unveiling, however he did participate
via a recorded announcement on the large screen.
Gang from the NCM Group in attendance!
above: "The Gang" attending with the National
Corvette Museum package.
Pace Car Registry participants in attendance included
Gary Artis (1998 Director) and wife, Bruce Bryan
(1978 Director) and Grandmother Marty Fligor (a
three Pace car family!), Jim Egan, Bob Kirsch (2007
Director and Webmaster), Rick Berry and wife, Howard
Kirchenbauer (Registry Historian), and LaVelle Hunt
with son Cailin. Another highlight of the NCM package
was attending a lunch at the show in a designated
ballroom to mix and mingle with GM/Chevrolet representatives.
A Big thanks to Adam Boca from the NCM for keeping
our group on track and making this a fun time for
all! And another thanks to Ron McQueeney, for taking
this photo so Adam could join the group photo!
is tradition, the total "package" being
provided by Chevrolet includes many other support
vehicles besides the Corvette Pace Cars. There was
one Chevrolet Silverado also on display at the auto
show wearing it's event colors.
TUNED TO THE PCR WEBSITE - We are sure there
will be a lot of articles about the 2008 Corvette
Pace car that you will all enjoy!
be sure to visit our official 2008
Indy 500 Pace Car page, which contains the "official"
full press release and more on-track Pace Car photos.