Corvette to pace Indy…again

Chevrolet recently announced it would be providing two Corvettes for the Indy 500 pace cars. One of the cars appears to sport one of those chameleon paint schemes that were all the rage in the 1990s and run on E-85, while the other will be wearing the black-and-silver paint treatment found on the 1978 Corvette pace cars.

This will be the fifth consecutive year that Corvette has paced the race, and to me, that’s too long of a string. Remember the days when Indy mixed it up with Mopars, Fords and GM products? Heck, even GM changed it up each year by providing cars from its different branches, such as Oldsmobile, Chevrolet and Cadillac.

I’m glad to see that the pace car hails from the same nation where the race is held, and the number of pace-worthy performance vehicles is shrinking, but they’re out there. How about a Cadillac XLR or a Mustang convertible? A Crossfire convertible or even another Dodge Viper? None of these cars has paced the race in the past five years, if ever.

With the upcoming Dodge Challenger, Shelby Mustangs and Chevrolet Camaro, I’m hoping we get to see some variety in the future when it comes to pace cars.

What do you think? More ‘Vettes or less ‘Vettes at Indy?

By the way, here’s my favorite Indy pace car list web site.

4 thoughts on “Corvette to pace Indy…again

  1. Roger Price

    Angelo,
    Although I agree that the Corvette is a worthy pace car for the "500", there are other cars similarly qualified to do the same. You mentioned a number of candidates and I agree that the race promoters should consider alternating the choices a bit more fairly.
    Heck, back in the ’50s, even Studebaker got to pace the "500". And they weren’t even in the racing competition area at that time.
    Roger

  2. Roger Price

    Angelo,
    Although I agree that the Corvette is a worthy pace car for the "500", there are other cars similarly qualified to do the same. You mentioned a number of candidates and I agree that the race promoters should consider alternating the choices a bit more fairly.
    Heck, back in the ’50s, even Studebaker got to pace the "500". And they weren’t even in the racing competition area at that time.
    Roger

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