The Corvette first led the pack for the 1978 race with a black and silver third generation coupe. The 2019 Corvette Grand Sport features a Long Beach Red Metallic Tintcoat paint job with dual silver stripes and GM Design Indy 500 decals. It also features Grand Sport aluminum wheels, carbon fiber ground effects, and Brembo carbon ceramic brakes.
“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.”
“We continue to be grateful for our long-running partnership with Chevrolet,” Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles said. “It’s such a strong bond that has proven integral to the success of our events. The 2019 Corvette Grand Sport is a world-class machine that exudes speed, performance and excitement, a perfect fit to lead the 500 field. 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.”
To see the 2019 Chevrolet Grand Sport pace car, tune in to your local NBC station on May 26th at 11:00 a.m. The race will also be broadcasted on Sirius 216, XM 209, indycar.com, indycarradio.com and the INDYCAR Mobile app.
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