Corvette Indy Pace Car-07

The all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray will serve as the Indianapolis 500 Pace Car, leading the field to green at the start of the 97th running of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” on May 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It’s the 12th time the Corvette has served as the pace car since 1978.

Along with Chevrolet’s return in 2012 as an engine supplier, the latest Indy 500 Pace Car extends a legacy at the Brickyard that dates to the racetrack’s early days.

Decked out in Laguna Blue Tintcoat with official Indy 500 graphics on the doors, the Corvette Stingray Pace Car differs from production seventh-generation models with only track-mandated safety features and strobe lights. No powertrain upgrades, so it’s the new 6.2L LT1 V8 engine making an estimated 450 hp. The pace car features the track-capable Z51 package.

The 2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe goes on sale in America in fall 2013, with a convertible model – featuring a fully electronic top that can be operated remotely with the key fob – coming a few months later. Click here to view the sharp looking C7 in full.