2, 2013 Reprint and photos courtesy IMS.
all-new, seventh-generation 2014 Corvette Stingray will
serve as the Indianapolis 500 Pace Car, leading the
field to green at the start of the 97th running of The
Greatest Spectacle in Racing, on Sunday, May 26,
at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
marks a record 12th time the Corvette has served as
the Pace Car, starting in 1978.
is an honor to help inaugurate the all-new Corvette
Stingray at the hallowed Brickyard and further the legacy
between Chevrolet and the Indianapolis 500, said
Jim Campbell, GM vice president of Performance Vehicles
and Motorsports. The 2014 Corvette Stingrays
performance was influenced by racing, making this prestigious
assignment even more fitting.
Harbaugh, head coach of the NFLs San Francisco
49ers, will drive the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette
Stingray Pace Car to lead the pack of 33 racers to the
start of the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 on
Sunday, May 26.
who took the 49ers to the Super Bowl in the 2012 season,
is no stranger to Indianapolis. He was a quarterback
for the Colts football team from 1994 through 1997.
During his time with the Colts, he was named AFC Player
of the Year and named to the Pro Bowl in 1995.
is also a racing fan and a principal at Panther Racing,
which fields the two-car, Chevrolet-powered IndyCar
team with drivers J.R. Hildebrand and Townsend Bell.
Hildebrand will drive the No. 4 National Guard Chevrolet
in Indianapolis 500, and Bell will compete in the No.
60 Sunoco Turbo Chevrolet.
a longtime racing fan and someone who has always followed
the Indianapolis 500, the honor to drive the Pace Car
comes as a tremendous thrill, Harbaugh said. Doing
it in the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray makes it even
better. Its an iconic car leading an iconic race.
with Chevrolets return in 2012 as an engine supplier,
the Corvette Stingray Pace Car extends a legacy at the
Brickyard that dates to the racetracks early days.
is a great partner of the Speedway, said Jeff
Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation president
and chief executive officer. That connection is
heightened this year with the next-generation Corvette
in front of a very talented field of racers.
out in Laguna Blue Tintcoat with official Indianapolis
500 graphics on the doors, the Corvette Stingray Pace
Car differs from production models with only track-mandated
safety features and strobe lights. No powertrain upgrades
are required to run in front of the IndyCar pack, thanks
to its all-new 6.2L LT1 engine, which features advanced
technologies including direct fuel injection, continuously
variable valve timing and Active Fuel Management (cylinder
deactivation). They help produce an estimated 450 horsepower
2014 Corvette Stingray coupe goes on sale this fall,
with a convertible model featuring a fully electronic
top that can be operated remotely with the key fob
coming a few months later. Vehicle highlights include:
An interior that offers genuine carbon fiber and aluminum
trim, hand-wrapped leather materials, dual eight-inch
configurable driver/infotainment screens, and two new
seat choices each featuring a lightweight magnesium
frame for exceptional support
Advanced driver technologies, including a five-position
Drive Mode Selector that tailors 12 vehicle attributes
to fit the drivers environment and a new seven-speed
manual transmission with Active Rev Matching that anticipates
gear selections and matches engine speed for perfect
shifts every time
Lightweight materials, including a carbon fiber hood
and removable carbon fiber roof panel on coupes; composite
fenders, doors and rear quarter panels; carbon-nano
composite underbody panels and a new aluminum frame
help shift weight rearward for an optimal 50/50 weight
balance that supports a world-class power-to-weight
A sculpted exterior featuring advanced high-intensity
discharge andlight-emitting diode lighting and racing-proven
aerodynamics that balance low drag for efficiency and
performance elements for improved stability and track
Track-oriented Z51 Performance Package, including an
electronic limited-slip differential; dry-sump oiling
system; integral brake, differential and transmission
cooling; as well as a unique aero package that further
improves high-speed stability.
The Corvette Pace Car features the track-capable Z51
and the Indianapolis 500
has a long shared history with the Indianapolis Motor
Speedway, the Indianapolis 500 and the IZOD IndyCar
Series. Chevrolet was founded in 1911, the year of the
inaugural 500-mile race, and the Chevrolet brothers
company co-founder Louis, Arthur and Gaston
all competed in early Indy 500 races. Arthur Chevrolet
competed in the 1911 race and Gaston Chevrolet won it
competed in Indy-style competition as an engine manufacturer
in 1986-93 and 2002-05 with V-8 engines, and returned
in 2012 with the Chevrolet IndyCar twin-turbo V-6 engine
with direct injection. In that time, Chevrolet won 118
IndyCar races, powered seven driver series champions
and scored seven Indianapolis 500 victories.
marks the 24th time a Chevrolet has served as the official
Pace Car of the Indianapolis 500, more than any other
brand, dating to 1948 with a Chevrolet Fleetmaster.
Camaro has served in the role seven times and, with
this years running, Corvette has led the way a
record 12 times.
in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's
largest car brands, doing business in more than 140
countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and
trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient
vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive
design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet
models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.