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Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Jeff Gordon to Pace Indianapolis 500

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/30/2015 Karla Sanchez

In anticipation of the upcoming Indianapolis 500 race next month, Chevrolet has announced that the Corvette Z06 will serve as this year’s pace car. Making the news even sweeter for NASCAR fans is the fact that five-time Brickyard 400 winner and four-time NASCAR champ Jeff Gordon will be at the helm.

This all kicks off on May 24 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where the Corvette Z06 will makes its debut as a pace car wearing an Arctic White exterior paint color, Adrenaline Red interior, unique Indy graphics, and safety strobe light. This year marks the 13th year the Corvette has served as an official pace car in the Indy 500. Not only that, but the Corvette has served as a pace car more than any other vehicle in the race’s history. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

In the driver's seat will be Gordon, who will power ahead on the track thanks to the Vette’s 650-hp 6.2-liter supercharged V-8. Having Gordon as the pace car driver seemed like the natural choice, considering the pro-racer also has a storied past with the Indy 500 and IMS. Gordon has won a total of five NASCAR races at the same track, and is one of only two people to score that many wins at Indy in any series. Fans will also see more of Gordon in the Coca Cola 600 NASCAR race at Charlotte Motor Speedway since he’ll also be competing. Gordon will then return to IMS on July 26 to take part in the Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard.

“Jeff has such a strong connection to the state of Indiana and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and his appearance in the Corvette Z06 pace car reinforces Chevrolet’s important place in the past, present and future of the Indianapolis 500 as well,” said J. Douglas Boles, president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Watch the Corvette Z06 and Jeff Gordon in action when the Indianapolis 500 officially kicks off at IMS on May 24.

Source: Chevrolet

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