96th Indianapolis 500 Paced by a 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 image

On Sunday, May 27th, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 was chosen to lead starting field of the 96th Indianapolis 500 to the green flag.

The car offers 638 horsepower, being the most powerful production vehicle to pace the race. This is the 23rd Chevrolet paces “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” and the 11th Corvette to serve as the Pace Car. This 2013 model marks the 60th anniversary and at the same time the last year of production for the current Corvette generation.

“Corvette embodies pure performance, so the ZR1 is a perfect car to pace the most prestigious auto race in the world,” said Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation president and chief executive officer. “Chevrolet is a great partner of the Speedway, and we share in the excitement of the upcoming 60th anniversary of the iconic Corvette brand. It’s even more meaningful to see a Chevrolet pacing the field at Indy since Chevy has returned as an engine supplier for the IZOD IndyCar Series for the first time since 2005.”

The 2013 Corvette features a 6.2-liter LS9 engine which offers 638 horsepower creating the ZR1’s performance. The most part of the car’s body is made of carbon fiber, a lightweight material. Besides the attractive design, the car also boosts state-of-the-art features such as Launch Control system with Performance Track Management, Magnetic Selective Ride Control, Brembo carbon-ceramic disc brake rotors and a four-channel ABS system.