Monday, April 1, 2019

2019 Indianapolis 500 Pacer Car Announced

MT. PLEASANT, Mich -- The 2019 Corvette Grand Sport will be serving as the Official Pace Car for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, leading 33 drivers to the green flag on May 26 for the 103rd running of the legendary race. 

This will mark the 16th time a Corvette has paced the race, and the 30th time a Chevrolet has led the field. No other brand or vehicle has served as the 500 pace car more than Chevrolet and the Corvette, and Steve Majoros, the director of Chevrolet passenger car and crossover marketing couldn't be happier about it. He released a statement saying: 

"Chevrolet is honored to lead the way for the 500 once again. The Grand Sport is a particularly excellent choice, as it's wide body and aerodynamic features are steeped in racing heritage." 

Indianapolis 500 fans will also see 33 2019 Corvette Stingrays on the roads of Central Indiana this spring and in the IPL 500 Festival Parade on May 25 in downtown Indianapolis. The popular cars are provided to central Indiana business leaders and dignitaries and serve an important promotional role for the race. 

Douglas J. Boles, President of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, spoke out about the long-running partnership as well, saying: 

"We continue to be grateful for our long-running partnership with'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 will enjoy seeing the Corvette Stingray festival cars around town throughout the month of May." 

The 2019 Corvette Grand Sport Pace Car features the following: 

  • Long Beach Red Metallic Tintcoat with unique GM Design Indy 500 decal package.
  • Full-Length Racing Blade Silver Dual Stripes. 
  • LT1 6.2-liter V-8 DI aluminum engine with 460 horsepower and 465 lb-fit of torque.
  • 8-speed paddle shift automatic transmission
  • Dry-sump oil system
  • Performance suspension with Magnetic Ride Control
  • Brembo carbon ceramic brakes
  • Grand Sport aluminum wheels: 19-inch front and 20-inch rear
  • Carbon Flash painted Carbon Fiber Ground Effects Package
  • Competition Sport Bucket Seats
  • Performance Data Recorder
The Corvette Grand Sport Pace Car can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds, and has an available cornering capability of 1.2 g thanks to advanced aerodynamic components. 

At Hank Graff Mt. Pleasant we strive to provide our customers with a car buying experience that is accommodating, stress-free and fun! Visit us at our Chevrolet dealership located at 4580 E Pickard Rd in Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48858 or our Buick GMC Cadillac dealership located at 116 N. Mission St in Mount Pleasant, MI 48858.

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