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    The 2017 Indy 500 Pace Car is the Corvette Grand Sport

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    The 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport will serve as the official pace car for the 2017 Indianapolis 500, marking the 14th time that a Corvette has led the Indy field with 2017 being the 101st running of the legendary race. Reports Patrick Rall from TorqueNews.

    Early last month, we brought you the news of the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible serving as the Festival Car for the 2017 Indianapolis 500, but it will be a new Chevrolet Corvette which leads the Indy 500 field to the green flag when the race takes place on May 28th. To be exact, the track-ready Corvette Grand Sport, which incorporates handling bits of the Z06 with the drivetrain of the Stingray for an “affordable” road-handling monster.

    “Chevrolet is proud to once again pace the Indianapolis 500,” said Steve Majoros, marketing director for Cars and Crossovers. “The Corvette Grand Sport’s performance capability and motorsports heritage make it the perfect choice to pace the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

    The 14th Corvette Indy Pace Car
    When the C7 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport leads the 2017 Indy 500 field to the green flag, it will mark the 14th time that the race has been paced by a Corvette. The first Indy 500 Corvette pace car hit the track back in 1978, when a C3 Corvette led the field. The C4 Corvette was the Indy 500 Pace Car twice (1986, 1995), the C5 Corvette was the Indy 500 Pace Car three times (1998, 2002, 2004), the C6 Corvette was the pace car five times (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012) and with the 2017 running, the C7 Corvette will have been the pace car three times (also in 2013 and 2015).
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