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50th Anniversary Chevy Camaro SS To Pace Indy 500

By   April 20, 2016

50th Anniversary Camaro SS

Chevy Camaro SS

May 29th is the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. For the special race the 50th Anniversary Chevrolet Camaro SS will be used as the pace car. Behind the wheel of the American muscle car will be motorsports legend Roger Penske who is celebrating 50 years as a racing team owner.

To support the race four identical Camaros have been prepared. They feature a white exterior that has “100th Running of the Indianapolis 500″ graphics on the doors. The graphics also feature the iconic wing-and-wheel logo that the famed speedway is known for. The rest of the outside also incorporates styling that is uniques to the 50th Anniversary package.

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Why Aren’t Hondas More Competitive In IndyCar

By   May 27, 2015

Honda At The Indy 500

Honda At The Indy 500

This past weekend was the running of the Indianapolis 500. The race is the highlight of the season for IndyCar and of course it gets more attention than most other events in the series.

If you watched the race you noticed one major theme. The Chevrolet powered cars are a lot better than the Honda powered cars, but why is this?

To find out more about why Honda is less competitive on IndyCar click past the jump (or scroll down if you came directly to the full article).

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IndyCar Driver Graham Rahal Talks About Preparing For The Indianapolis 500

By   May 24, 2015

IndyCar Driver Graham Rahal

IndyCar Driver Graham Rahal

We are just hours away from the Indianapolis 500. The event is arguably the biggest single race on US soil each year.

The competition for victory at this year’s 500 should be very good. One racer that has a good shot at getting a win is Graham Rahal. We got the chance to talk to him to see how his preparation was going.

Click past the jump (or scroll down if you came directly to the full article) to watch a video of Graham Rahal answering our questions.

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Jim Harbaugh To Drive 2014 Corvette Stingray Indy 500 Pace Car

By   May 22, 2013

Jim Harbaugh To Drive 2014 Corvette Stingray Indy 500 Pace Car

Jim Harbaugh To Drive 2014 Corvette Stingray Pace Car

At this year’s Indy 500, NFL head coach Jim Harbaugh will be driving the 2014 Corvette Stingray. The coach of the San Francisco Fourty Niners will be using the 455 horsepower American car to slow down the open wheel racers when track incidents happen.

Harbaugh is familiar with Indianapolis as he played quarterback for the Colts from 1995-1997. He is also a big racing fan as well as being involved in racing being a principal at Panther Racing.

The 97th running of the Indy 500 will be this coming Sunday. The race should have a lot of good action and watch for the Corvette Stingray pace car with Jim Harbaugh at the wheel.

Press Release

Jim Harbaugh, head coach of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers, will drive the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Pace Car to lead the pack of 33 racers to the start of the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500, this Sunday.

Harbaugh, who took the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2012, is no stranger to Indianapolis. He was a quarterback for the Colts football team from 1994 through 1997. During his time with the Colts, he was named AFC Player of the Year and named to the Pro Bowl in 1995.

Harbaugh is also a racing fan and a principal at Panther Racing, which fields the two-car, Chevrolet-powered IndyCar team with drivers J.R. Hildebrand and Townsend Bell. Hildebrand will drive the No. 4 National Guard Chevrolet in Indianapolis 500 and Bell will compete in the No. 60 Sunoco “Turbo” Chevrolet.

“As a longtime racing fan and someone who has always followed the Indianapolis 500, the honor to drive the pace car comes as a tremendous thrill,” said Harbaugh. “Doing it in the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray makes it even better. It’s an iconic car leading an iconic race.”

Harbaugh’s stint behind the wheel of the Laguna Blue Pace Car marks a record 12th time the Corvette has served in the role, starting in 1978. The 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe goes on sale this fall, with a convertible model coming a few months later. It is powered by an all-new 6.2L LT1 engine, which features advanced technologies including direct fuel injection, continuously variable valve timing and Active Fuel Management, also known as cylinder deactivation, , to help produce 455 horsepower more efficiently.

“It’s great to have a true racing fan like Jim Harbaugh drive the Corvette pace car,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “He personifies the Indianapolis 500’s spirit of competition – and he’s a true athlete, just like the all-new Corvette Stingray.”

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray coupe will be available later this summer and have a suggested starting retail price of $51,995. Price includes a $995 destination fee but excludes tax, title, and license.

2014 Corvette Stingray Confirmed As Indy 500 Pace Car

By   May 3, 2013

2014 Corvette Stingray Indy Pace Car

2014 Corvette Stingray Pace Car

Chevrolet has confirmed the the 2014 Corvette Stingray will serve as the Pace Car for the Indianapolis 500. That the C7 Corvette would be the Pace Car had been rumored for a while and we now know for sure. The race will be held on May 26th and will be the 97th running of the famed race.

The car will be painted in Laguna Blue Tintcoat and wears the official Indy 500 logo on its door. This Pace Car is essentially the same as the car that will be available for consumers. The only changes are the required track safety equipment and strobe lights.

Don’t forget to turn into the race on the 26th to see the Stingray in action as it uses its 6.2-liter 450 horsepower engine to stay in front of the open wheeled racers. While the driver will need to keep the car driving fairly slowly on the track, we can guarantee that future Corvette C7’s won’t be driving this slowly on the track.

Press Release

The all-new, seventh-generation 2014 Corvette Stingray will serve as the Indianapolis 500 Pace Car, leading the field to green at the start of the 97th running of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” on Sunday, May 26, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

It marks a record 12th time the Corvette has served as the Pace Car, starting in 1978.

“It is an honor to help inaugurate the all-new Corvette Stingray at the hallowed Brickyard and further the legacy between Chevrolet and the Indianapolis 500,” said Jim Campbell, GM vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “The 2014 Corvette Stingray’s performance was influenced by racing, making this prestigious assignment even more fitting.”

Along with Chevrolet’s return in 2012 as an engine supplier, the Corvette Stingray Pace Car extends a legacy at the Brickyard that dates to the racetrack’s early days.

“Chevrolet is a great partner of the Speedway,” said Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation president and chief executive officer. “That connection is heightened this year with the next-generation Corvette in front of a very talented field of racers.”

Decked out in Laguna Blue Tintcoat with official Indianapolis 500 graphics on the doors, the Corvette Stingray Pace Car differs from production models with only track-mandated safety features and strobe lights. No powertrain upgrades are required to run in front of the IndyCar pack, thanks to its all-new 6.2L LT1 engine, which features advanced technologies including direct fuel injection, continuously variable valve timing and Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation). They help produce an estimated 450 horsepower more efficiently.

The 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe goes on sale this fall, with a convertible model – featuring a fully electronic top that can be operated remotely with the key fob – coming a few months later. Vehicle highlights include:

  • An interior that offers genuine carbon fiber and aluminum trim, hand-wrapped leather materials, dual eight-inch configurable driver/infotainment screens, and two new seat choices – each featuring a lightweight magnesium frame for exceptional support
  • Advanced driver technologies, including a five-position Drive Mode Selector that tailors 12 vehicle attributes to fit the driver’s environment and a new seven-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Matching that anticipates gear selections and matches engine speed for perfect shifts every time
  • Lightweight materials, including a carbon fiber hood and removable carbon fiber roof panel on coupes; composite fenders, doors and rear quarter panels; carbon-nano composite underbody panels and a new aluminum frame help shift weight rearward for an optimal 50/50 weight balance that supports a world-class power-to-weight ratio
  • A sculpted exterior featuring advanced high-intensity discharge and light-emitting diode lighting and racing-proven aerodynamics that balance low drag for efficiency and performance elements for improved stability and track capability
  • Track-oriented Z51 Performance Package, including an electronic limited-slip differential; dry-sump oiling system; integral brake, differential and transmission cooling; as well as a unique aero package that further improves high-speed stability.

The Corvette Pace Car features the track-capable Z51 package.

Chevrolet and the Indianapolis 500

Chevrolet has a long shared history with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis 500 and the IZOD IndyCar Series. Chevrolet was founded in 1911, the year of the inaugural 500-mile race, and the Chevrolet brothers – company co-founder Louis, Arthur and Gaston – all competed in early Indy 500 races. Arthur Chevrolet competed in the 1911 race and Gaston Chevrolet won it in 1920.

Chevrolet competed in Indy-style competition as an engine manufacturer in 1986-93 and 2002-05 with V-8 engines, and returned in 2012 with the Chevrolet IndyCar twin-turbo V-6 engine with direct injection. In that time, Chevrolet won 118 IndyCar races, powered seven driver series champions and scored seven Indianapolis 500 victories.

2013 marks the 24th time a Chevrolet has served as the official Pace Car of the Indianapolis 500, more than any other brand, dating to 1948 with a Chevrolet Fleetmaster. Camaro has served in the role seven times and, with this year’s running, Corvette has led the way a record 12 times.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.