Final yr, the 104th working of the Indianapolis 500 was delayed by COVID-19 till August 23. When automobiles lastly took to the Brickyard for the historic occasion, a red 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray led the pack because the official tempo automobile. Now, the a hundred and fifth Indy 500 will quickly be upon us, and for the second yr in a row, there is a C8 main the sector. Solely this time, the roof is non-obligatory.
The 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible is unveiled because the official tempo automobile for the 2021 race, scheduled to happen throughout its conventional Memorial Day weekend timeframe on Sunday, Could 30. The Arctic White ‘Vette wears yellow and black trim for the mannequin’s 18th look as an Indy tempo automobile, with all these appearances coming since 1978. It is also the primary convertible Corvette to steer the sector since 2008, and it is the thirty second time a Chevy has paced the race.
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“The Chevrolet workforce is privileged each time we’re invited to tempo the Indianapolis 500,” stated Steve Majoros, vp of Chevrolet advertising. “We’re assured the track-capable Corvette Stingray Convertible will catch each race fan’s eye because it leads the pack towards the Yard of Bricks. From the colour scheme, to the particular race weekend decals and the way the security lighting is skillfully built-in into the nacelles of the hard-top convertible Corvette’s revolutionary look, we’re placing Chevrolet’s greatest on show for the followers.”
The Bow Tie’s presence at Indy is not by coincidence. The automaker holds an unique contract with the monitor to supply tempo automobiles and different autos for the annual occasion. 2021 would be the fifth straight yr for the Corvette, with the Camaro main the sector in 2016. A Camaro Z28 additionally served because the tempo automobile in 2014, with Camaros changing Corvettes for 3 years straight from 2009 by means of 2011. The final non-Chevrolet automobile to tempo the sector was the Oldsmobile Aurora in 2000, and the final non-GM product was in 1996 with the Dodge Viper GTS.
With the new Corvette Z06 expected to debut this summer, it is a pretty secure guess that it’s going to proceed the ‘Vette streak at Indy for subsequent yr’s race.