as the "real" 2008 Pace Cars used to pace the
race, there were (2) Z-06 E-85 "Gold Rush" Green
(PPG color) "Official Corvettes", one of which
started the 2008 Indy 500 (driven by the Pace Car driver
Emerson Fittipaldi), and (3) Official Pace Cars equipped
with strobe lights. (1Coupe and 2 Convertibles). The Speedway
retained the Coupe, Chevrolet got back the 2 Convertibles.
of the three Pace cars had three sets of tires. They were
shipped with Goodyear's, displayed with Firestone Firehawks,
and then change to Bridgestone Potenza's for use in the
Production for the 2008 Indy Pace Car replicas sold to the
public was 500. The first replica rolled off the production
line approximately March 4th, and the last was June 6th.
There were 61 Corvettes built in early March, however only
60 cars shipped to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to be
used as "track" and "festival committee"
vehicles which were distributed to their lucky drivers on
April 9th and in use thru May 31st. Build Sequence # 3 was
actually a "special" early customer order, and
that coupe was sent directly to the selling dealer in Florida
at the owners request. All of the Black and Silver Corvettes
used at the Speedway had the Six speed "Paddle Shift"
automatic transmissions. There were 17 Coupes, and 43 Convertibles
at the Speedway.
these cars arrived at the Speedway, a Silver "Chevrolet"
windshield header decal and assigned track car numbers /
license plate (to match the build sequence numbers) were
added. The Chevrolet windshield header will not be on the
replicas sold as normal "dealer" cars that were
not used at the track. Another item was that this was the
first occasion where a Corvette Pace Car, which offered
replicas to the public, was available in either a Convertible
or a Coupe version.
Chevrolet was able to make their claim good of having Pace
Car replicas in dealer show rooms prior to the race, but
a small amount of the remainder of the production run occurred
just after the Indianapolis 500 was completed, the first
week of June. One surprise item on the Convertible builds
was that the last 44 Convertibles built were given Black
it on good authority that it was planned late in the build
cycle that all Convertibles built AFTER the Indianapolis
500 race would have Black tops. This was not a supply issue
as some may think, they "Just wanted to do something
different". The intention may have also been to help
Dealers who expected them prior to the race move them off
of their lots, but it may have had an unexpected response
from those who ordered the cars expecting a Gray top.
Pace Car was truly a world wide offering, with a total of
fifty one cars leaving the US. Twenty five cars were destined
for Europe, five for the Middle East, and twenty one went
year the Pace Car package RPO-Z4Z was a great value! Retail
of the Coupe or Convertible 3LT package was $6,940 but when
you factor in the items that are included, the actual "Pace
Car replica" package is only an additional $1,505 !
Emerson Fittipaldi, the driver for this year's race has
his autograph on the rear quarter decal as well as an authentic
autograph and build sequence number on the inside of the
a first, you have your choice of Convertible or Coupe. You
could also select transmission type, National Corvette Museum
delivery, and some other options - we know of at least one
car that was built without the Navigation system.
have the entire inventory for all 2008
Pace / Track cars in our Library so stop by if you are
looking to research your car !
are some summary stats for the 2008 Pace car model build
was one more special Pace Car Replica built. That was the
car that was given to the Pace Car driver, Emerson Fittipaldi.
It was the only Z06 model built in the Pace car colors,
shown below making a quick move into one of the Pace Car
garages immediately following the Media day event at the
Speedway. Most of the graphics were hand painted like the
"real" Pace Cars, although it did wear just a
few "decals", such as the event door logo.