The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 will be the pace car for the 2020 Indianapolis 500. GM President Mark Reuss will be behind the wheel.
The ‘Vette pace car will have the Z51 package. The body will wear a Torch Red paint with Carbon Flash exterior accents and the ground effects package. There will be some Indy 500 graphics, too. The body will also wear a matching high wing at the back, which currently is unavailable for customers to order because of the high demand. Inside, it’ll have the GT2 seats.
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“It’s truly an honor to have the opportunity to be behind the wheel of the mid-engine Corvette Pace Car at such a historic race as the Indy 500,” Reuss said.
The 2020 Indy 500 will take place on Sunday, August 23. This will be the race’s 104th running, and it’ll be the first time for the event not to happen in May. The green flag will drop at 2:30 PM ET (6:30 PM GMT). Folks in the US will be able to watch the event on NBC.
This will be the 17th time for the Corvette to be the Indy 500 pace car. The first was in 1978, and the most recent was in 2019. The most powerful ever was at the front of the pack for the race in 2018 when a 755-horsepower (563-kilowatt) ZR1 had the job.
This will also be the 31st time for a Chevy to be the Indy 500 pace car – more than any other marque. The first vehicle from the company to hold the honor was a Fleetmaster convertible in 1948.