The pace car for the 107th running of the Indy 500 scheduled for May 28 will be, for the 20th time since 1978, a Chevrolet Corvette. But this one is a bit different from past pace cars.
It's a 2023 Corvette Z06 hardtop convertible, the first time a Corvette with a folding metal roof has paced the race.
With a top speed of 189 mph, the 670-hp Corvette featuring a 5.5-liter V-8 is nearly fast enough to keep up with the open-wheel cars in the race. A carbon aero package provides 734 pounds of downforce at 186 mph, more than any other Corvette.
The pace car is painted red mist and sports a two-tone interior. This marks the 34th time since 1948 that a Chevrolet has set the pace for the Indy 500.