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2019 Corvette Grand Sport to Pace the 103rd Indianapolis 500

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  • 2019 Corvette Grand Sport to Pace the 103rd Indianapolis 500

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ID:	311152019 CORVETTE GRAND SPORT TO PACE 103RD INDIANAPOLIS 500 PRESENTED BY GAINBRIDGE

    This is the 16th time Corvette will lead ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing’

    The 2019 Corvette Grand Sport will serve as the Official Pace Car for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, leading 33 drivers to the green flag on May 26 for the 103rd running of the legendary race.

    It marks the 16th time a Corvette has served as the Pace Car, starting in 1978, and the 30th time a Chevrolet has led the field dating back to 1948, when a 1948 Fleetmaster Six convertible paced the race. No other brand or vehicle has served as the 500 Pace Car more than Chevrolet and the Corvette, respectively.

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    “Chevrolet is honored to lead the way for the 500 once again,” said Steve Majoros, director of Chevrolet passenger car and crossover marketing. “The Grand Sport is a particularly excellent choice as its wide body and aerodynamic features are steeped in racing heritage.”

    Indianapolis 500 fans also will see 33 2019 Corvette Stingrays on the roads of Central Indiana this spring and in the IPL 500 Festival Parade on May 25 in downtown Indianapolis. The popular cars are provided to central Indiana business leaders and dignitaries and serve an important promotional role for the race, Chevrolet and Corvette. This is the first time since 2007 that matching Corvettes are serving as the 500 Pace Car and festival cars.

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    “We continue to be grateful for our long-running partnership with Chevrolet,” Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles said. “It’s such a strong bond that has proven integral to the success of our events. The 2019 Corvette Grand Sport is a world-class machine that exudes speed, performance and excitement, a perfect fit to lead the 500 field. Personally, there is nothing quite like driving an Indianapolis 500 Chevrolet Corvette around Indiana in May, and I know our fans also will enjoy seeing the Corvette Stingray festival cars around town throughout the Month of May.”

    The 2019 Corvette Grand Sport Pace Car features:
    • Long Beach Red Metallic Tintcoat with unique GM Design Indy 500 decal package.
    • Full Length Racing Blade Silver Dual Stripes.
    • LT1 6.2-liter V-8 DI aluminum engine with 460 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque.
    • 8-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission.
    • Dry-sump oil system.
    • Performance suspension with Magnetic Ride Control.
    • Brembo® carbon ceramic brakes.
    • Grand Sport aluminum wheels: 19-inch front and 20-inch rear.
    • Carbon Flash painted Carbon Fiber Ground Effects Package.
    • Competition Sport Bucket Seats.
    • Performance Data Recorder.

    The Corvette Grand Sport Pace Car can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds. The car also has an available cornering capability of 1.2 g, thanks to the Corvette Z06’s many advanced aerodynamic components.

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    Chevrolet has a storied history with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Chevrolet was founded in 1911, the year of the inaugural 500-mile race, and company co-founder Louis Chevrolet, along with brothers Arthur and Gaston, competed in early Indy 500 races. Arthur competed in the 1911 race and Gaston won in 1920.

    Eight drivers with Chevrolet engines have combined to win “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” 10 times, with Rick Mears, Emerson Fittipaldi, Arie Luyendyk, Al Unser Jr., Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan, Juan Pablo Montoya and Will Power taking the checkered flag with bowtie power.

    Power drove the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet to victory in the INDYCAR Grand Prix and the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge last May, the first time a driver has swept both events in the same year. Chevrolet also was on the pole for both races, with Power leading the way in the INDYCAR Grand Prix and Ed Carpenter taking the top spot for the Indy 500.

    Team Chevy also has won the NTT IndyCar Series manufacturer championship in six of the last seven seasons.

    Visit IMS.com to purchase tickets for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on May 26 and for more information on the complete Month of May schedule at IMS.

    The race will be televised live on NBC for the first time, with the pre-race show starting at 11 a.m. EDT on May 26. Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio will provide live coverage of the race to its affiliates and on Sirius 216, XM 209, indycar.com, indycarradio.com and the INDYCAR Mobile app powered by NTT DATA.

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    Senior Editor and Founder of CorvetteBlogger.com. I drive my dad's 1966 Corvette Sting Ray Convertible and the National Corvette Museum is my personal Graceland.

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    Thanks CorvetteBlogger. Great thread you posted. Once again, LBR rises to the top of the three colors we are considering for our C8.
    GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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    • #3
      Well that hopefully will increase sales for the c7 grand sport....this is a hell of a vehicle...

      good looking, great performance and well prcied too...

      im sure the company will offer an identical color and sticker package for the showrooms...

      ive actually never been a fan of indy pace car editions yet I believe they often sell quite well out of the showrooms....

      congrats to the corvette team for securing such a position in an iconic american tradition...pacing the indy 500..

      (we are never going to see the c8)

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      • #4
        Interesting they picked the Grand Sport over the ZO6. I think the Grand Sport is a better balanced car.. your thoughts may differ
        3LT Long Beach Red , Z51, FE4 , ZZ3, Black interior ,38S red stitching, Q8T, FA5, ER1, CFX, and R8C

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        • #5
          The only thing I wish GM would have done to the GS was get an extra 40hp or so..
          2020 Blade Silver 2LT Z51 front lift ,mag ride ,black trident wheels and carbon fiber dash

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Racer86 View Post
            Interesting they picked the Grand Sport over the ZO6. I think the Grand Sport is a better balanced car.. your thoughts may differ
            They are about the same car but the Z06 gets a much better engine. The Z06 blows the paint right off the GS! Faster stock and a much better base. The GS and the base car help the better Z06 car hold it's value better as well.
            Last edited by 3 Z06ZR1; 04-06-2019, 10:05 AM.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by MikeC8 View Post
              The only thing I wish GM would have done to the GS was get an extra 40hp or so..
              More than a few went to the 2017 BASH expecting a boost to at least 475 (and hoped for 500 HP). Had the 2018’s gone to 475 HP, with a new front and rear fascia and one interior piece, my belief is that the C7’s would not be dropping as much as they have the last two years. I base that on many conversations over the last two years, including most recently with three folks at my Corvette club meeting the other night, best summarized by one of them saying, “I had hoped to buy one more C7, but with no changes the last couple of years, I will pass.” BTW, this person was one of the folks who deliberately went with me to the 2017 BASH hoping for that magical power boost that never materialized.
              GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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