A 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport will serve as the official pace car for the biggest race of the 2019 IndyCar season, the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500, officials announced on Monday.
For the 16th time, “America’s Sports Car” will once again pace the field of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing”. The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport will serve as the official pace car of the 2019 IndyCar season’s sixth race, the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500, according to a press release unveiled by Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Monday.
The Corvette, which will adorn red paint and the logo for the 2019 running of the race, will lead the 33-car field during the race’s formation and pace laps, as well as during any caution flag periods that may take place throughout its 200 laps. It is an Indy tradition for the winner of the race to be presented they keys to one of the pace vehicles used in the race.
Here is what Chevrolet director of passenger car and crossover marketing Steve Majoros had to say in this press release, according to Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“Chevrolet is honored to lead the way for the 500 once again. The Grand Sport is a particularly excellent choice as its wide body and aerodynamic features are steeped in racing heritage.”
In addition to the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport pacing the field for the race, 33 identical Corvettes will also be seen zooming around Indianapolis-area streets, as the speedway will provide them to local dignitaries and business leaders to help promote the race. They will be featured in the annual Indy 500 festival parade, which is set to take place in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana on the Saturday before the race.
The year 2019 is set to become the 30th year during which a Chevrolet-powered vehicle has paced the field at the four-turn, 2.5-mile (4.023-kilometer) Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval in Speedway, Indiana for the Indy 500.
The first of these 30 years was 1948 when a 1948 Fleetmaster Six convertible paced the field. However, a Corvette did not serve as the official pace vehicle of the race until 1978. General Motors vehicles have served as the official pace vehicles of the race for every year since 1997.
The 2019 Indianapolis 500 is scheduled to be contested on Sunday, May 26, and live coverage of the race is set to be broadcast on NBC from Indianapolis Motor Speedway beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET.