Corvette Pace Car Named Fastest Indy 500 Car
The 2022 Indianapolis 500 crowned its winner on May 29, 2022. Sure, that Marcus Ericsson guy did alright, but I’m talking about the 70th Anniversary Edition Corvette Z06 Pace Car.
Any Corvette fan with their mettle could see that the 2023 C8 Corvette Z06 Pace Car was a force to be reckoned with on Race Day. Sarah Fisher, veteran IndyCar driver and fastest woman in Indy 500 history, brought the Indy 500 field to green in this impressive feat of engineering.
During pre-race day ride-along laps, the 2023 Corvette Z06 reached speeds of 160 MPH and better, just skirting around its 188 MPH velocity maximum. With the 5.5 liter flat-plane V8, 670 naturally aspirated HP, and 8,400 RPM (8,600 RPM redline), this Corvette iteration packs a punch in the passenger seat.
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Compare these specs to the Indy Cars that actually raced? Those are capable of 700 HP with a redline of 12K RPM because of their twin turbo V6 engines. Yeah, the Corvette probably couldn’t have won the race outright, but it sure showed off its consumer capabilities and style.
To commemorate this exciting new Corvette model and say a big Happy 70th Anniversary, We thought we’d name our Top 5 Corvette Pace Cars in history. This is the 19th time that a Corvette has paced the BrickYard so there’s lots to choose from.
5. 25th Anniversary 1978 Chevy Corvette Stingray
This was the first time a Corvette led the field in an Indy 500. The crazy thing was that when you went to buy your very own Special Edition 1978 Indy500 Chevy Corvette Stingray, the factory decals weren’t already installed. You could have these applied by the dealership at your own request.
4. 2012 Corvette ZR1
Welcome to the age of alphanumeric Z, R and 1 names on a pace car. This model boasted a 630 HP capability with the 6.2 liter LS9 Engine. It was the most powerful pace car at that time. Not to mention that it just looked cool!
3. 1998 Corvette Convertible
Don’t argue with me on this one. This pace car didn’t need to be tweaked out of its vents in order to make it fast enough to lead a pack of 700 HP race cars. The replicas of this model featured 350 HP and a cutting edge Active Handling Suspension.
2. 2021 Corvette Convertible
The LT2 V8 brought the HP on this model up to 500! No turbos or superchargers necessary! Also, it was the 1st time in 10 years that a convertible paced the Indy 500.
1. 2023 Corvette Z06
I know you’re all thinking I’m biased on this one but hear me out. The pace car that showed up on May 29th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, IN seriously beats them all. The White Pearl Metallic Tri-Coat with the Special 70th Anniversary decals and center caps on the wheels (painted red to match the brake calipers) just gave you a preview. Then, these monsters were equipped with a Z07 package that included a gorgeously large rear wing, dive planes, not to mention the upgraded brakes and tires from the standard Z06. Inside, the 670 naturally aspirated HP which makes it the highest HP in a naturally aspirated V8 EVER made sure America’s Sports Car stole the show.
I’m putting this on my Christmas list.