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Corvette Stingray to pace 2013 Indy 500

The iconic car returns for the 12th time to pace the grid at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Expect a replica to show up at dealerships soon.

By Clifford Atiyeh May 3, 2013 9:11AM
In its latest round of hype before arriving this September, the new Corvette Stingray will pace the Indianapolis 500 over Memorial Day weekend.

Since its official debut at the North American International Auto Show in January, followed by nearly two years of nonstop rumors and drawings, the seventh-generation Corvette is still the hottest new coupe to debut this year. That is, if you don't count the new SRT Viper that's already on sale, or the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo also coming this fall.

Chevrolet and race organizers didn't announce the Corvette's driver, but it's typically a celebrity of some sort. Last year, star chef Guy Fieri drove a 638-horsepower ZR1 at the 2012 Indy 500. This year, the base Corvette has "only" 450 ponies.
It's a proud moment for Chevrolet, which was founded when the first Indy 500 began in 1911. Arthur Chevrolet competed that year, while his brother Gaston won the race in 1920. Chevrolet models have paced the race 23 times since 1948, and the Corvette has done it 11 times since 1978. Our favorite Corvette pace car is the purple and yellow-striped 1998 convertible, which even sported yellow wheels and yellow leather.

While not all Corvette pace cars sell as limited-edition replicas like that 1998 model, we've no doubt Chevrolet will build one for 2014, at least when the Corvette convertible arrives next spring.

But don't expect any deals. Markups on regular Stingray coupes could run as high as $10,000 over the $51,995 base price, especially as only a third of all Chevrolet dealers will receive the car during the first few months.

The Indy 500, now in its 97th year, is practically a national landmark. Its famous banked oval allows some of the highest speeds in circuit racing; a 1996 record for 237 mph still stands. Even the average speeds are so intense that Formula One, considered above Indy Car as the finest, most technologically advanced racing in the world, couldn't handle the extreme friction and heat generated at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In 2005, the last year Formula One raced at the track, only six cars raced due to tire limitations.

It's also the only race that offers the winner a big bottle of fresh milk instead of fancy champagne. Be sure your drinks are ready when the green flag drops May 26.

[Source: GM]
May 5, 2013 6:16AM
I Love the New Vette! I want  the Z06 version!
May 5, 2013 6:17AM
That Blue Pace Car Vette is Just Stunning!
May 5, 2013 6:24AM
Man I sure would look cool driving this baby down the road. Hey Chevrolet, my birthday is coming up in August and I've wanted one of these since I was 15 years old. Thats a long time to wait for your dream. Especially since I'm now 63 yrs old and the vision for my dream car is slowly fading away. Can't you give away just 1 and make my dream come true?
May 5, 2013 7:14AM
AHHHHHHH  Corvette Americas true sports car, had 6 loved them all
May 5, 2013 7:13AM
Now if my wife and  my aging back only allowed me to own one and then sit in it....
May 3, 2013 1:39PM

I thnk we all knew this was coming...

May 5, 2013 6:51AM
Santa can I have one of these in my garage for christmas
May 5, 2013 6:59AM
Couldn't afford to drive it or the insurance on it. With the way people drive today texting and yakking on the cell phone you'd have to park it in the garage never to be used.
May 5, 2013 7:12AM
Weather you like the new vette or not, its a steal for the $ compared to anything else out there. I like it except for the back of the car, too complicated and freaky looking. The total ZZ Top cool of the C6 rear is gone forever I suppose. Just my opinion..
May 5, 2013 7:48AM
WOW the blue is absolutely beautiful. I think it is very fitting for the new C-7 Stingray Corvette to be the pace car. The engineers at Chevrolet did an incredible job creating this car. 2 thumbs up for them and the new C-7.
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