2019 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport Is Official Pace Car at Gainbridge-Sponsored Indianapolis 500
The 2019 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport will have a lot riding on its wheels when it serves as the Official Pace car at this year’s Indianapolis 500, set for May 26. As the formidable sports car leads 33 drivers, it will join an esteemed legacy because it will signify the 30th time that a Chevy model and the 16th time that a Corvette has been tasked to lead the charge at the legendary race. Chevy and the Corvette hold the Pace Car-responsibility record.
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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.”
Helping the 2019 Corvette Grand Sport to stand out are design elements such as a full length racing blade silver dual strips, 19-inch Grand Sport front aluminum wheels, 20-inch Grand Sport rear aluminum wheels, and long beach red metallic tintcoat accented with signature GM Design Indy 500 decals. Inside, the sports car is equipped with competition sport bucket seats.
“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.”
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Thanks to its LT1 6.2-liter V8 DI aluminum engine paired to a responsive eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, the 2019 Corvette Grand Sport generates 460 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque and needs only 3.6 seconds to reach a speed of 60 mph.