Chevrolet’s 2019 Corvette Grand Sport will pace this year’s 103rd Indianapolis 500.
According to the Speedway, this is the 16th time since 1978 that a Corvette will lead ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing’, and the 30th time a Chevrolet has been the pace car dating back to 1948, when a then-current-model Fleetmaster Six convertible paced the race.
“Chevrolet is honored to lead the way for the 500 once again,” said Steve Majoros, director of Chevrolet passenger car and crossover marketing. “The Grand Sport is a particularly excellent choice as its wide body and aerodynamic features are steeped in racing heritage.”
“We continue to be grateful for our long-running partnership with Chevrolet,” said Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles. “It’s such a strong bond that has proven integral to the success of our events. The 2019 Corvette Grand Sport is a world-class machine that exudes speed, performance and excitement – a perfect fit to lead the 500 field. Personally, there is nothing quite like driving an Indianapolis 500 Pace Car Chevrolet Corvette around Indiana in May, and I know our fans also will enjoy seeing the Corvette Stingray festival cars around town throughout the month.”
Chevrolet has a storied history with the IMS. Established in 1911, the same year of the inaugural 500-mile race, co-founder Louis Chevrolet, along with brothers Arthur and Gaston, competed in several early Indy 500 races, Gaston winning in 1920.
In recent years, eight drivers using Chevrolet engines (Rick Mears, Emerson Fittipaldi, Arie Luyendyk, Al Unser Jr., Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan, Juan Pablo Montoya and Will Power) have combined to win 10 500s.