Indy 500 Corvette Pace Cars

Indy 500 Corvette Pace Cars MontageAmazing Indy 500 Corvette Pace Cars Art and History by K. Scott Teeters

Indy 500 Corvette Pace Cars  Tribute Art

First, a  bit of Corvette pace car history by Vette magazine
artist and columnist, K. Scott Teeters:

Corvettes Pace the Indy 500 a record ten times since 1978.

(Will Corvette Do It Again Soon?)

“The Indy 500 race is arguably the most popular race in motor-sports. Early in ‘78 the Corvette world went wild with speculation when news was released that the Corvette would be the Indy 500 pace car, and that replicas would be available. Priced at what was then a mind-boggling $13,653, some buyers paid as much as $25,000 to grab a piece of Corvette history!

Eight years later, the Corvette was again chosen to pace the ‘86 Indy 500. But this time, Chevrolet trumped speculators and designated all ‘86 Corvette roadsters as “pace car replicas.” Since then, Corvette Pace Car-replicas have been limited-production cars and are highly collectible.

1978 Corvette Pace Car
Total Produced: 6,502
Approximate Price New: $13,653.


1986 Corvette Pace Car
Total Produced: 7,315
Approximate Price New: $32,032


1995 Corvette Pace Car
Total Produced: 527
Approximate Price New: $46,481


1998 Corvette Pace Car
Total Produced: 1,163
Approximate Price New: $49,464


2004 Corvette Pace Car
Total Produced: No Production Version


2005 Corvette Pace Car
Total Produced: No Production Version


2006 Corvette Pace Car
Total Produced: No Production Version


2007 Corvette Pace Car
Total Produced: 500
Approximate Price New: $68,245


2008 Corvette Pace Car
Total Produced: 500
Approximate Price New: $68,160


2008 Corvette E85 Pace Car
Total Produced: No Production Version

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Did you know–

Corvette Pace Cars do not need engine enhancements to be up to the high-speed challenge of pacing Indy 500 cars.

Unlike the olden days of Indy 500 pace cars, from at least 1995 forward, Corvette Pace Cars did not need any engine enhancements to be up to the high-speed challenge of pacing Indy cars with a street car. The only changes made to Corvettes for pace car duty is the addition of a roll bar, strobe lights, and a few other very minor details.

Corvettes don’t only pace the Indy 500. Corvette Pace Cars have worked the Daytona 500, All State 500, and many other races. Once in a while those cars show up at auction, but it’s not often because unlike the Corvette Pace Car replicas, the other pace car Corvettes usually number less than a handful, making them quite rare.

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For more Corvette history, insights and art  from K. Scott Teeters, check the categories on this blog or visit The Illustrated Corvette Series website at www.illustratedcorvetteseries.com.

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Corvette Pace Car Links, Websites, Blogs

and Videos for You to Enjoy…

  • The Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car Registry is intended as a gathering place for owners and enthusiasts of all Corvette Pace cars.
  • Visit our eBay store, Corvette Gear for Pace car prints and other cool Corvette merchandise for the Corvette Enthusiast.
  • The website, IndyPaceCars.com is devoted to all the cars that have paced the Indianapolis 500 over the years. Known as The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the Indy 500  showcases the very best in automotive technology.
  • CorvetteBlogger.com has a sweet article called  Corvette Values: 11mile 1978 Corvette Pace Car.
  • Go to RogersCorvette.com for another nifty article, this one on the 1995 Indianapolis PaceCar Covertible – Festival Car #106.
  • Cool 2007 Corvette Pace Car photos here at  the Barrett Jackson Autoblog.
  • Pace car facts  from Indy500.com.
  • K. Scott Teeters, color giclee pace  car prints available in all sizes at The Illustrated Corvette Series website Pace Car page. Or call 1-800-858-6670 with any questions.
  • Fun Youtube Video salutes 10 years of Corvette Pace Cars at Indy 500. Hear Dinah Shore sing the See the USA in a Chevrolet song. Very hip!
  • More Youtube Videos on the Corvette pace car listed on our Squidoo Pace Car Page!

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What kind of a Corvette would YOU

like to see pace the 2010 Indy 500?

2010 Indy 500 Corvette Pace Car Pace Car Speculation

Score another accolade for the Bow Tie Boys at Chevrolet for the 2010 Camaro Indy 500 Pace Car at the 2009 Indy 500 race. Now that all the fan-fair has died down, the question naturally arises, “What will pace the ‘10 Indy 500?” Chrysler announced last month that it is ending production of the Dodge Viper, so the snake is out. Pontiac is going off to Summerland, so don’t look for a new Trans-Am Firebird. (Bummer! MAJOR bummer!) There are several hot Mustangs that could handle the job. And then, of course, there’s the Corvette.

Hmmm… Let’s see, which Corvette might pace the 500 next year? The production model has already proven itself more than capable. Perhaps a Grand Sport Pace Car? (Think of the collectability!) Another Z06, maybe? Or might there be an all-wheel-drive ZR1? (OH WOW!!!) Given the challenges GM is currently facing, it’s not likely that we’ll see an AWD ZR1, but you never know. It’s also possible there might be a larger displacement engine for the ZR1. (“anything” is possible, right?) Granted, the LS9 ZR1 engine was limited to 376 CID so that the compressed engine would survive durability tests. However, a 427 ZL1 “could” be made. After all, three years ago, who would have imagined that Chevrolet would build and offer a supercharged Corvette?

And we might not have to wait much longer. Chevrolet product planners and Indy 500 organizers announced the ‘08 Corvette Pace Cars a full six months ahead of the annual race. If another Corvette pace car is in the works, they’re probably working on it right now. (mid-August ‘09) So, we might have our answer as early as December. As they say, “Hope springs eternal.” So cross your fingers, say your prayers, and stay tuned.

What kind of a Corvette would YOU like to see pace the 2010 Indy 500? Let’s hear some cool ideas.  – K. Scott Teeters

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