The 103rd running of the Indy 500 will mark the 16th time a Corvette has paced the event and the 30th time for a Chevrolet – more than any other brand.
This time around, Chevy has designed an attractive 2019 Corvette Grand Sport pace car with Long Beach Red Metallic Tintcoat exterior paint, white full-length dual racing stripes, gold accent trim, and the requisite Indy 500 pace car decals and lights.
“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.”
As in previous years, Indianapolis residents can also keep an eye for the 33 Indy 500 festival cars roaming around the city this spring, which are based on the 2019 Corvette Stingray Convertible. The “festival” cars are lent to business leaders and dignitaries in the central Indiana area, serving as promotional tools in the lead up to the race. This is the first time since 2007 that matching Corvettes will serve as the Indy 500 pace car and festival cars, with Chevy usually using the Camaro as the festival car.
“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,” said IMS president J. Douglas Boles.
Chevrolet IndyCar teams will be looking to replicate Will Power’s result from last year, which saw the Australian Team Penske driver win his first Indy 500 in 11 starts. The automaker will also have a special entry this year in the way of McLaren Racing, which will field a single entry for two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso with the help of Chevrolet team Carlin Racing.
NBC’s pre-race show for the 103rd running of the Indy 500 will start at 11 am ET on May 26, 2019.