Chevrolet Corvette Stringray Pace Car for the 105th Indianapolis 500
Autoweek / By Autoweek Editors / May 11, 2021 (Photo credit: Chris Owens/Indianapolis Motor Speedway)
For the 18th time in race history, Chevrolet Corvette will serve as the pace car for the Indianapolis 500.
This time, it’s the 2021 mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette Stingray hardtop convertible that will lead the 33-car field for the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on May 30.
The Arctic White Stingray will be the first convertible since 2008 to pace the 500.
Chevrolet and Corvette have led the starting field more than any other manufacturer and nameplate, respectively. The 2021 race marks the 32nd time for Chevrolet to pace the 500 dating back to 1948, and the 18th time since 1978.
“The Chevrolet team is privileged every time we’re invited to pace the Indianapolis 500,” said Steve Majoros, vice president of Chevrolet Marketing. “We are confident the track-capable Corvette Stingray Convertible will catch every race fan’s eye as it leads the pack toward the Yard of Bricks. From the color scheme, to the special race weekend decals and how the safety lighting is skillfully integrated into the nacelles of the hard-top convertible Corvette’s revolutionary appearance, we’re putting Chevrolet’s best on display for the fans.”
The car will feature sky cool gray and strike yellow upholstery. The car includes an exclusive stripe package and unique Stingray decals. The Corvette also strobe lights in the headlights, front louvers and taillights. This makes the care even more visible during its pace-car duties.
“The 2021 Corvette Stingray hardtop convertible is such a world-class performance car that’s a perfect match to lead the talented field of 33 drivers to the green flag in The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” Indianapolis Motor Speedway president J. Douglas Boles said. “We continue to be grateful for our strong, enduring partnership with Chevrolet and its many contributions to the success of our events and the exciting appeal of competition at the Racing Capital of the World.”
Chevrolet and Corvette have led the starting field more than any other manufacturer and nameplate. The 2021 race marks the 32nd time for Chevrolet to pace the 500 dating back to 1948, and the 18th time since 1978.
Every part had to earn its way onto this car, and the TREMEC TR-9080 DCT 8-speed dual-clutch transmission is no different. It features lightning-quick shifts, combining the smoothness of an automatic with the action and control of a manual. And since there’s no deceleration between shifts, your lap times will benefit too.