2003 - Ultra Violet,
Violet was the color chosen for the 2003
Indianapolis 500 Official Pace Vehicle.
Only 25 were built and only the "Signature
Series" was available - a very limited
edition of 25 which were numbered by Vehicle
Identification Numbers (VIN) # 0001 - 00025.
These 25 unique "Signature Series"
saleable units were built before regular
retail production and shipment to Chevrolet
dealers. The "Signature Series"
vehicles were used to create one-of-a-kind
"pedigrees" for each vehicle before
they were offered for sale through public
or GM dealer auctions during 2003.
were five units built to be used as "Official"
Pace Vehicles which were done in Ultra Violet
Violet with Silver Ghost flames paint which
starts from the front of the vehicle and
flows back to the tonneau cover. The color
choice was limited to three colors for 2003
(Redline Red, Slingshot Yellow, and Smokin
- The SSR was ordered in Redline Red for
use as IMS Festival Cars. These were equipped
with the 5.3 V-8. The Corvette was the Official
Pace Car and IMS received Corvette convertibles
(white/white tops with torch red interiors)
which were used for the Brickyard 400 as
well. The SSR color choices widened for
2004 as Ricochet Sliver and Ultra Violet
Violet were added to the line.
this year, the Indy Racing League (IRL)
used two Chevrolet SSR Pace Vehicles at
all IndyCar series races during 2004, except
the Indianapolis 500. On the exterior, distinctive
red, white and blue accents and the IndyCar
Series logos are added to the standard production
Slingshot Yellow paint. Chevrolet's new
"An American Revolution" marketing
slogan also is featured prominently on the
- Slingshot Yellow SSR's were used as Track/Parade
Vehicles for the 500 & 400. These were
equipped with the Corvette derived 6.0 V-8
which was rated at 390 horsepower.
These were dual purpose vehicles as we kept
forty for Brickyard and auctioned off the
rest after the Indianapolis 500. For 2005
a single color was added called Aqua Blur
"Official" Pace Vehicle for Brickyard
was a two-tone SSR in a new Pacific Blue
Metallic with Daytona Sunset Orange. This
special SSR was done with a ground effects
package that molded the running boards into
the body and was a really stunning vehicle.
It was the last time that an SSR would be
used even though it was considered again,
but due to its final days and GM pulling
the plug it would never again be an "Official"
Pace Vehicle used at the Speedway for either
- Some of the very first 2006 model SSR's
(1-45) were used for a Dealer Drive-A-Way
during the 2005 Brickyard 400. These were
equipped with the 6.0 V-8. These were painted
in a new two-tone package in, Smokin' Asphalt
over Ricochet Silver, and this was the first
time a two tone SSR was introduced to the
public. These were ordered and built within
an eight week period and were shipped in
with everything already on them to speed
up everything during the PDI process as
we didn't have more than a week to get them
all in and ready. For 2006 the new color
choices were two-tone in Smokin' Asphalt
& Ricochet Silver and Pacific Blue Metallic.
During the 2006 Season, SSR was used for
the Opening IRL races in Slingshot Yellow.
SSR will once again (and for the last time!)
be put into duty to support the 2006 Corvette
Z06 Pace Cars during the 90th Running of
the Indianapolis 500, and the 13th running
of the Brickyard!
2005 Allstate 400 "Dealer Drive-A-Way"
Actually these were early 2006 model
year SSR's ready to go....
and in action at the track!
back of the field.
"Final" delivery of 2006
SSR's to IMS.
2006 Indianapolis 500 Track / Festival
Corvette Track Cars lead the SSR's
SSR's final contribution to the Indianapolis
Motor Speedway - support vehicle for
400 at the Brickyard 2006 race. These
SSR's were "Rebadged" after
the Indianapolis 500.
it's time to say farewell to a vehicle
that in a few words no one wanted
but everyone liked, but only a few
could afford. General Motors, this
is another sad day in your history.
From the birth of the
"Signature Series" ....
the "Final Production Run"
This just about says it all!!! Goodbye