Corvette ZR1 to Serve as Indy 500 Pace Car

Chevrolet's 2019 Corvette ZR1 is the official Pace Car for the 2018 Indianapolis

That translates to a 2.85 0-60 time and a 212-mph top speed.

"Chevrolet is proud to once again pace the Indianapolis 500", said Steve Majoros, head of marketing for cars and crossovers, in a statement. Last year's pace auto was a Corvette Grand Sport, and the last time a ZR1 led the pack was in 2012, with Guy Fieri behind the wheel.

A Chevrolet Camaro or Corvette has served as the official pace vehicle of the Indy 500 every year dating back to 2004, so it comes as no surprise that the 2018 running of the legendary American open-wheel race will be paced by the most powerful Corvette ever - the new ZR1. After a Corvette Grand Sport led the pack last year, a Corvette ZR1 will lead this year.

The 2019 Corvette ZR1 Pace Car is powered by a 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine with 755 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque, that's mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Odds are the pace auto won't be stretching its legs that much, but it would be a heck-tacle of a spectacle to see all 30-some-odd contenders ripping a parade lap at the ZR1's top speed of 212 miles per hour.

The ZR1 and 14 other Corvette pace cars were on display at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway earlier this week in recognition of the nameplate's legacy.

This year, the Indy 500 takes place on Sunday, May 27, with coverage beginning at 11 am Eastern. A few years later, Gaston Chevrolet won the 1920 race. Their Chevrolet Motor Car Company was started in 1911, mostly as a way to fund their race teams.

Chevrolet is pursuing its seventh consecutive IndyCar manufacturer championship this year, building on a successful 2017 season that saw 10 wins out of 17 races. The 102nd running will see the 15th Corvette.

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