2013 Chevy Corvette ZR1 to Lead the 96th Indianapolis 500
On Sunday, May 27, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the 2013 Chevy Corvette ZR1 will lead the starting field of the 96th Indianapolis 500. In fact, it is the 23rd time a Chevy has paced the field and the Corvette ZR1 is the most commanding production car ever to pace the race with 638 horsepower. It is the 11th time a Corvette is serving as pace car, actually a record for an individual car. Initially the Corvette has had some struggles and now the sales are up 0.8 percent in 2012, lagging Chevrolet’s 3 percent increase. Dan Akerson, the chairman and CEO of GM had told that the company is working on a ne Corvette.
“This is a truly momentous year for Chevrolet when it comes to performance, with our continued success on and off track, and especially with our return to the IndyCar Series, powering some of the fastest cars on the circuit. I can’t think of a better way to mark the 60th Anniversary of Corvette than having it lead the starting field of the Indianapolis 500,” said Jim Campbell, GM vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports.
The 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is powered by a 6.2 liter LS9 supercharged V8 engine which generates 638-hp that allows the vehicle to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds with a top speed of 205 mph. Earlier, the ZR1 had lapped the famed Nurburgring Nordschleife in 7:19.63.