Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 To Pace 96th Indianapolis 500
2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 will lead the starting
field of the 96th Indianapolis 500 to the green flag
Sunday, May 27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
With 638 horsepower, the Corvette ZR1 is the most
powerful production car ever to serve as the Pace
Car during the Indianapolis 500.
best-selling author and host of the Food Networks
hit show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives Guy
Fieri will drive the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Pace
Car to lead the field of 33 drivers to start the 2012
is an avid classic car collector. He owns a red 1968
Chevrolet Camaro SS convertible that is featured on
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Among others,
Fieri also has a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible,
2007 Chevrolet Corvette, 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
454, 1967 Chevrolet C10 pickup, 2006 Chevrolet Kodiak
C4500 4x4, 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 2011
Cadillac Escalade ESV.
are races and then there are races, Fieri said.
And without a doubt, the Indy 500 is the race
that Ive always wanted to attend. And now, to
be driving the Corvette Pace Car
this is going
to be unbelievable.
will be the 23rd time a Chevrolet has paced The
Greatest Spectacle in Racing and the 11th time
a Corvette is serving as the Pace Car, both event
records. The 2013 model year will be historic for
Corvette, marking its 60th anniversary and the final
year of production for the current generation.
embodies pure performance, so the ZR1 is a perfect
car to pace the most prestigious auto race in the
world, said Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor
Speedway Corporation president and chief executive
officer. Chevrolet is a great partner of the
Speedway, and we share in the excitement of the upcoming
60th anniversary of the iconic Corvette brand. Its
even more meaningful to see a Chevrolet pacing the
field at Indy since Chevy has returned as an engine
supplier for the IZOD IndyCar Series for the first
time since 2005.
Jim Campbell, Chevrolet vice president of Performance
Vehicles and Motorsports: This is a truly momentous
year for Chevrolet when it comes to performance, with
our continued success on and off track, and especially
with our return to the IndyCar Series, powering some
of the fastest cars on the circuit. I cant think
of a better way to mark the 60th Anniversary of Corvette
than having it lead the starting field of the Indianapolis
supercharged, 6.2-liter LS9 engine generating 638
horsepower helps to create incredible performance
for the ZR1. Of all mass-production companies, Chevrolet
is the leader in carbon fiber use, with the lightweight
material used for structural components on the ZR1,
including the front fenders, hood, roof, front splitter,
rocker panels and floor pans.
Watch the ZR1 Take a Run Around the Brickyard
a curb weight of 3,353 pounds, the ZR1 features a power-to-weight
ratio of just 5.2 pounds per horsepower. The ZR1 also features
advanced technology such as Magnetic Selective Ride Control,
Launch Control system with Performance Track Management, a
four-channel ABS system and Brembo carbon-ceramic disc brake
a result, the ZR1 is the fastest Chevrolet ever produced,
capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, reaching
a top speed of 205 mph and lapping the famed Nurburgring Nordschleife
(north loop) in 7:19.63.
Corvette Pace Car features an exterior paint scheme and full
body length stripe similar to that of the 60th Anniversary
Package being made available on all 2013 Corvette models.
The 60th Anniversary Package features an Arctic White exterior
with a Blue Diamond leather-wrapped interior with suede accents.
Convertible models will have a blue top.
content includes a ZR1-style rear spoiler, special badging,
gray-painted brake calipers and the 60th logo
on the wheel center caps, steering wheel and seat headrests.
An optional graphics package adds full-length racing stripes
in Pearl Silver Blue, including a tonal stripe stitched into
the convertible top, extending the graphic theme over the
2013, all Corvettes will feature 60th Anniversary badges on
the fascias and the waterfall panel on convertible
models, as well as 60th logos in the instrument panel gauge
cluster and on the sill plates.
96th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled to start at noon (ET) Sunday,
May 27. The driver of the Pace Car will be announced soon.
if you have been driving around Indy this week, you may have
seen what look like this year's Indianapolis 500 Pace cars,
but don't be fooled, a
shipment of event decaled 2012 Chevrolet Camaros are now in
Indianapolis and will be used by the 500 Festival committee
and other dignitaries thru the end of the race.
to the Crew !!