What is the pace car for Indy 500
The Indianapolis 500 is on Sunday, May 26. There will be several ways to watch Indy 500 live as well. Each year, there is a new pace car for each race. This year, the Indianapolis 500 pace car was announced, and it is a Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport. Having a pace car gives automakers an opportunity to take a production car and make it worthy of the Indy 500 badge. The Indianapolis 500 pace car is a representation of what is the best in American automotive technology.
The Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport will be the 103rd vehicle ran at the Indianapolis 500. This is the 16th time that a Corvette has served as the pace car. It is also the 30th time that a Chevrolet has been the leader of the race. The Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport can go from 0-to-60 in 3.6 seconds. There will also be thirty-three 2019 Corvette Stingrays that will be seen throughout the next two months and also in the Indianapolis 500 Parade on Saturday, May 25th
Why a Pace Car?
The pace car is used for two reasons. When the race begins, the pace car will lead the assembled group of drivers around the track for warm up laps. Then, if its okay with the officials, the pace car will release the group at a decent speed to start the race. Also, if there is ever a yellow flag on during the race, (the yellow flag is a caution), the pace car will come on the track, and pick up the leader, and will make sure the group bunches up at reduced speed.
Since around 1936, the winner of the Indianapolis 500 is presented with the one of the year’s pace cars, or a replica. For the most part, the person who drives the pace car is usually a celebrity of some kind. Many have been former drivers, or those who have made an impact in the automotive industry.