29, 2015 Reprint and photos courtesy IMS.
racing legend and five-time Brickyard champion Jeff
Gordon will drive a Corvette Z06 pace car to kick off
the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500, on May 24
at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
who grew up in nearby Pittsboro, Indiana, is no stranger
to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He won the first
NASCAR race in the history of the famed 2.5-mile oval
the 1994 Brickyard 400 and has won four
more times, including last year. His 2014 victory made
him the first five-time Brickyard champion and the only
five-time winner of a major race on the IMS oval.
is hallowed ground for racers like me and I couldnt
be more thrilled to drive the Corvette Z06 pace car
around the track that helped drive my success over the
years, Gordon said. The Indianapolis 500
is one of the most celebrated races of the year and
an event I always dreamed of racing while growing up
in California and in nearby Pittsboro. Ive won
five NASCAR races at IMS and the track will always be
a special place for me, so to be able to participate
in such a historic day will be something I remember
for the rest of my life.
fans can follow Jeff Gordon and his Corvette Z06 pace
car experience on Twitter at #JGPace2Race.
drive will mark the 13th time a Corvette has been the
official pace car, dating to 1978, and the 26th time a
Chevrolet has led the pack for The Greatest Spectacle
in Racing. Corvette has served as the pace car more
than any other vehicle in the races history.
is a great choice to lead this years starting
33 drivers in the Indianapolis 500 to the green flag,
said J. Douglas Boles, president of Indianapolis Motor
Speedway. Jeff has such a strong connection to
the state of Indiana and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
and his appearance in the Corvette Z06 pace car reinforces
Chevrolets important place in the past, present
and future of the Indianapolis 500. We also look forward
to seeing him back here on July 26, to see if he can
make it six wins in the Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard.
650 supercharged horsepower, a seven-speed manual transmission
and a track-capable chassis system, Gordon will have
no trouble keeping in front of the race field in the
production-spec Corvette Z06. Featuring an Arctic White
exterior and Adrenaline Red interior, only its unique
Indy graphics package and safety strobe lights distinguish
it from other production models.
Gordon, Chevrolet has a long, shared heritage with the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 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 in 1920.
great to have Jeff Gordon serve as this years
pace car driver, said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet
U.S. vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports.
He is a true champion who has earned the respect
and admiration of competitors and race fans alike. It
will be very special to have Jeff lead the Indy 500
field to the green flag, behind the wheel of the most
powerful and capable production car ever from Chevrolet
on a day hell also be competing in the
Coca Cola 600 NASCAR race at Charlotte.
addition to its frequent use as a pace car in the Indianapolis
500, official partner Chevrolet is the only car to ever
pace the Brickyard 400.
once again, Chevrolet Camaro will serve as support
vehicles for the 500 Festival Committee and carry
drivers in the 500 Festival Parade !
This year,there were 100 new Convertibles onsite -
50 for use by the Festival Committee and Officials,
and 50 that were immediately sent to Chevrolet dealers
to be sold.