Tonawanda News — The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, which is powered by an engine built at the Tonawanda GM plant, will serve as the Indianapolis 500 Pace Car, company officials announced.
“This is a first in our 75 year history,” Mary Ann Brown, plant communications manager, said.
The event, which is set for May 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, marks the 12th time the Corvette has served as the pace car — and the first its engine was made here.
“It is an honor to help inaugurate the all-new Corvette Stingray at the hallowed Brickyard and further the legacy between Chevrolet and the Indianapolis 500,” said Jim Campbell, GM vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “The 2014 Corvette Stingray’s performance was influenced by racing, making this prestigious assignment even more fitting.”
The Corvette will not need any styling or performance improvements to lead off the pack of race cars at the end of the month.
“No powertrain upgrades are required to run in front of the IndyCar pack, thanks to its all-new 6.2-liter LT1 engine, which features advanced technologies including direct fuel injection, continuously variable valve timing and Active Fuel Management,” a statement from the company reads.
The 2014 Corvette Stingray goes on sale this fall with a convertible model and an electric top.
GM and Chevrolet have a long history with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Chevrolet brothers competed in the early Indy 500 races, which started in 1911. This year marks the 24th time a Chevrolet has served as the official pace car, according to GM’s statement.