For the 13th time in the race’s history, a Corvette will pace the Indianapolis 500, as Jeff Gordon will take the wheel on May 24th for the race’s 99th running. Gordon took the checkered flag at NASCAR’s first race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 1994’s Brickyard 400, and has won the race four times since. Jeff Gordon and Michael Schumacher are the only two drivers to claim five victories at Indy in any series.
For the 2015 race, Gordon will be driving a 650hp, 7-speed manual Corvette Z06—the third Z06 to pace the event. The car is a production-spec Arctic White targa with an Adrenaline Red interior. According to Chevrolet, “only its unique Indy graphics package and safety strobe lights distinguish it from other production models.”
Fact: Chevrolet first paced the Indy 500 in 1948, and Corvette first served as pace car in 1978. Since then, Corvette has paced the race in 1986, 1995, 1998, 2002, 2004-2008, 2012, and 2013.
From the Press Release:
“Indy is hallowed ground for racers like me and I couldn’t be more thrilled to drive the Corvette Z06 pace car around the track that helped drive my success over the years,” Gordon said. ”The Indianapolis 500 is one of the most celebrated races of the year and an event I always dreamed of racing while growing up in California and in nearby Pittsboro. I’ve won five NASCAR races at IMS and the track will always be a special place for me, so to be able to participate in such a historic day will be something I remember for the rest of my life.”