The iconic American sports car Chevy Corvette of the C8 generation in a convertible body will be the official pace car of the annual Indy 500 race. The car has a white body with the signature race livery.
Last year, the 104th Indianapolis 500 was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic until 23 August. When the cars finally hit the track for the historic event, a red 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray led the convoy as the official Indy 500 race car. Corvette C8. Only this time, the pace car will be a C8-generation Chevy Corvette in a convertible body.
This year, the race is to take place on Sunday, May 30th, during the traditional Memorial Day weekend.
The body of the pace car is painted in the shade of Arctic White Vette and has a yellow and black livery, which was specially created to commemorate the model’s 18th appearance as a pace car in the Indianapolis 500. Chevy Corvette cars have been racing since 1978. It is also the first convertible Corvette to serve as a pace car since 2008, and this is the 32nd time Chevy has raced.
“The Chevrolet team is privileged every time we are invited to race the Indianapolis 500,” said Steve Majoros, Chevrolet vice president of marketing. “We are confident that the Corvette Stingray Convertible will grab the attention of every racing fan.”
Chevy’s presence in the Indianapolis 500 is no coincidence. The automaker has an exclusive contract with the race organizers for the supply of cars. 2021 will mark the fifth year with a Corvette as pace car, with the Camaro leading the race in 2016. The Camaro Z28 also served as a pace car in 2014, with the Camaro replacing the Corvettes for three consecutive years from 2009 to 2011.
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