It shouldn’t be a surprise, perhaps, considering the sports car’s impending arrival, but the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray will pace the 2013 Indianapolis 500. It’s the 12th time for Corvette since first pacing the race in 1978.
Other than the addition of strobe lights and certain safety equipment required by the track, no changes from are required for the 2014 Corvette to do its job, unlike some pace cars of yore. However, the 2013 pace car will have the optional Z51 Performance Package, which includes an electronic limited-slip differential, dry-sump oiling system, integral brake, and differential and transmission cooling, along with a Z51 aero package to enhance high-speed stability. With a top speed nearing 200 mph, the Corvette Stingray should have no problem accelerating from the 60-to-70 mph pace car speed.
The ‘Vette will be painted in Laguna Blue Tintcoat with official Indianapolis 500 graphics on the doors. There are traditionally two actual pace cars, both fitted out with the strobes and other equipment. The second is a failsafe should anything happen to the first.
Manufacturers have further exploited the honor of supplying the pace car with “pace car replicas,” typically just painted in the special Indy pace car livery. Chevrolet hasn’t announced an Indy pace car special edition of the 2014 Corvette Stingray, nor has the name of the honorary pace car driver been announced.