The latest and greatest version of the Chevrolet Corvette has been given the pace car gig for the 99th edition of the Indianapolis 500 mile race and now they have found an equally iconic driver for it. Jeff Gordon is the man trusted with the job piloting the Corvette Z06 Indy 500 Pace Car on May 24.
Gordon is one of the best-known names in the motorsport and not just in America, but the world. The man has five Brickyard 400 and five NASCAR Sprint Cup titles under his belt. So he is more than qualified to pace and manage the angry Indy 500 beasts during the formation laps.
As for the car, the 2015 Corvette Z06 Indy 500 Pace Car is a machine fit for a driver like Jeff Gordon. Boasting 650 horsepower, a seven-speed manual transmission and a track-capable chassis system, the Z06 is more than capable to hold its own during the big event. Corvette has served as the pace car more than any other vehicle in the race’s history. The 2015 Z06 will be the 26th Chevrolet to pace the Indy 500 race.
“Indy is hallowed ground for racers like me and I couldn’t be more thrilled to drive the Corvette Z06 pace car around the track that helped drive my success over the years,” Gordon said. ”The Indianapolis 500 is one of the most celebrated races of the year and an event I always dreamed of racing while growing up in California and in nearby Pittsboro. I’ve won five NASCAR races at IMS and the track will always be a special place for me, so to be able to participate in such a historic day will be something I remember for the rest of my life.”