A 2023 Corvette Z06 70th Anniversary Edition driven by ex-racer Sarah Fisher will lead the 33-car Indy 500 field to green on Sunday, May 29th.
The specially-prepared Corvette Z06 pace car features an asymmetric stripe package that was developed by the Chevrolet Performance Design Studio in Michigan. The stripe package draws inspiration from the 70th Anniversary Edition badging on the door of the Z06, which features a matte black font and red accenting. The pace car also features neatly integrated safety lights and strobes, which ensure drivers can easily spot the Vette when it’s out on track leading the field to green or pacing the field during a caution period.
You’ve been put on notice.@SarahFisher will lead the #Indy500 field to green in the @TeamChevy Corvette Z06 70th Anniversary Edition Pace Car, the highest-horsepower, naturally aspirated V-8 ever to hit the market.#ThisIsMay pic.twitter.com/Tlz8w08GE1
— Indianapolis Motor Speedway (@IMS) May 10, 2022
Behind the wheel of this unique 2023 Corvette Z06 70th Anniversary Edition pace car will be ex IndyCar Series driver Sarah Fisher. The 41-year-old Ohio native has nine Indy 500 starts to her name, a record for a female driver. Her fastest four-lap qualifying speed of 229.439 mph in 2002, which earned her a strong third-row starting position for that year’s race, also remains an event record for a female driver. She retired from driving in 2010 to focus on her race team, Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, and today operates the Speedway Indoor Karting chain with her husband Andrew O’Gara.
“Every time I’ve had the opportunity to drive at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, it’s been special – from IndyCar Series cars to two-seaters to vintage cars,” Fisher said in a statement. “Driving the Pace Car is just as special of an honor. And to have served in that role for the NTT IndyCar Series since Johnny Rutherford retired, I’ve had many great memories to add to my career.”
“I am humbled and proud to become the official Pace Car driver for the 106th Indianapolis 500 and to represent the hard work and development that Chevrolet puts into these fantastic pieces of automobile advancement and technology,” she added.
The 2023 Corvette Z06 70th Anniversary Edition pace car comes equipped with the optional Z07 Performance Package, which includes a full carbon fiber aero package, specific Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 calibrations, Michelin Sport Cup 2 R ZP tires and a Brembo carbon brake system. All 2023 Corvette models with the 70th Anniversary Edition package also feature 70th Anniversary Edition exterior badging, Edge Red painted brake calipers, two-tone Ceramic leather GT2 or Competition Sport seats and contrasting red stitching and seatbelts, among more.
Power in the Z06 comes from the naturally aspirated 5.5L V8 LT6 gasoline engine, which doles out 670 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
The 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 will go green on Sunday, May 29th, 2022.