For the first time in the history of the Indy 500, a 2023 Corvette Z06 Convertible will serve as the pace car for the 107th running of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”
This year’s Corvette Z06 Convertible pace car was designed by the Chevy Performance Design Studio. Special lighting elements have been integrated into the aggressive bodywork of the C8 Z06, most notably into the Carbon Flash-painted nacelles (RPO code D84) behind the passenger compartment. The intention was to give the pace car a tasteful and premium appearance while it fulfills its responsibilities both on-and-off the racetrack. Of course, this model is also equipped with the high-performance Z07 track package.
“We are honored to be pacing the 107th running of the Indianapolis 500 with the Corvette Z06 convertible,” Global Chevrolet vice president Scott Bell was quoted as saying. “Chevy and Indycar share the same spirit of competition, and we are proud Z06 will lead the pack across the bricks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”
This particular pace car is finished in Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat (color code GPH) paint, paired with a two-tone Jet Black and Sky Cool Gray interior colorway with Torch Red accents and seat belts. Bespoke dual Black racing stripes with Bronze accenting run the length of the body, while spider-design forged aluminum wheels finished in Tech Bronze (RPO code 5DK) round out the design.
“As we celebrate the rich history of the Corvette Pace Car at IMS, it’s amazing to see the evolution of these cars on and off the track,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles was quoted as saying. “The hardtop convertible on the 2023 Corvette Z06 is just another example of the Chevrolet innovation that translates from track to street.”
It’s worth noting that the Corvette and the Indy 500 have a long history together. In fact, the last Vette to be featured as the official pace car was another 2023 Corvette Z06 equipped with the 70th Anniversary Edition for the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500.
The 107th Indy 500 will go green on Sunday, May 28th.