Chevrolet and Corvette have led the starting field for the Indianapolis 500 more than any other manufacturer and nameplate. This year will be the 106th Indianapolis 500 and will take place on May 29. Former IndyCar Series driver and team owner Sarah Fisher will be driving the 2023 Corvette Z06 70th Anniversary Edition Pace Car to lead the field to the green flag.
2023 Corvette Z06 Pace Car: Details
The 2022 race will mark the 33rd time that Chevrolet has paced for the race, dating back to 1948. Additionally, this will be the 19th time since 1978 that the Chevy Corvette has been the pace car. The C8 Corvette Z06 features an asymmetric stripe package made by Chevrolet’s Performance Design Studio specifically for the Pace Car. The entire car is finished in the special Pearl White Metallic Tri-Coat paint with 70th Anniversary Edition exterior badging, including special Corvette cross flags. Also unique to this package on both the production car and Pace Car is Edge Red brake calipers and the 70th Anniversary Edition logo on the seats, steering wheel, and sill plates.
In short, it’s stunning.
The 2023 Corvette Z06 is powered by the all-new 5.5L LT6, which produces 670 horsepower, making it the highest horsepower naturally aspirated V8 ever to reach the market in a production car. The Indy 500 Corvette Z06 Pace Car has a wide stance and exotic mid-engine proportions. The Z07 package ups the appearance and capability of the vehicles with a carbon fiber rear wing, aerodynamic ground effects, carbon-ceramic brakes, and more.
Since the Chevrolet Corvette is celebrating its 70th Anniversary, it’s fitting that the Indianapolis 500 will be the first race the 2023 Corvette Z06 paces, given how special the event is for Corvette and IndyCar fans around the world. As for its driver, Sarah Fisher was the first female driver to win a pole position in a major American open-wheel race in 2002, and competed in the Indy 500 nine times, more than any other woman.