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From NCM and GM Racing Communications

DETROIT, Feb. 5, 2002 - The 86th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 26, 2002, will bring together two powerful symbols that stir the imaginations of enthusiasts around the world. Chevrolet's Corvette, an international performance icon, has been named Official Pace Car of thisyear's Indianapolis 500, the world's greatest auto race. Chevrolet sets the pace for record 13th time and Corvette will perform the pace car duties for the fifth time since 1978 - the most pace car appearances by a single brand. Indy 500 will begin 50th anniversary celebration - "This year's Memorial Day classic will showcase America's favorite sports car at the greatest spectacle in racing," said Corvette Brand Manager Rick Baldick. "This is a milestone event because it will signal the start of a yearlong celebration leading up to Corvette's 50th anniversary in 2003."

"Quote to come from IMS," said Tony George, president and CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "Quote." Chevrolet returns to Indy car competition with all-new Chevy Indy V8 engine - The 86th running of the Indianapolis 500-mile race will also mark the
return of Chevrolet to the most hallowed ground in motorsports. Chevrolet will compete in the Indy 500 for the first time since 1993 with the all-new Chevy Indy V8 racing engine. Chevrolet won 86 Indy car races, including six Indianapolis 500 victories, and five series championships in 1986-93.

"We are proud that Corvette has been named Official Pace Car of the 86th Indianapolis 500," said Kurt Ritter, Chevrolet general manager. "The excitement that builds at Indianapolis Motor Speedway from opening day until the checkered flag falls mirrors the excitement that is building around Corvette's 50th anniversary.

"Chevrolet's racing heritage began with company co-founder Louis Chevrolet, who gained international fame as an engineer and race car driver," Ritter noted. "I wouldn't be surprised if the bronze statue of Louis Chevrolet that stands outside the Hall of Fame Museum was smiling at the news about Corvette and Chevy's return to the Brickyard." Coast-to-coast events will celebrate Corvette's 50th anniversary - Events celebrating Corvette's golden anniversary are planned from coast to coast.
The Historic Motorama coordinated by the National Corvette Museum (www.corvettemuseum.com) on June 24-28 will consist of one example from each production year to honor the more than 1.2 million Corvettes that have been produced since 1953.

Corvette will be the honored marque at the Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races on August 16-18, 2002 at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, Calif. (www.montereyhistoric.com)
Production Corvette incorporates advanced technology - The Corvette convertible that provides the platform for the Indy 500 Pace Car is equipped with a standard 5.7-liter LS1 V8 engine that produces 350 horsepower in production trim. Corvette incorporates advanced technology such as hydroformed frame rails, Active Handling System, driver-selectable suspension modes and optional Head-Up Display.

"The cars that compete in the Indianapolis 500 are finely built machines that are designed for maximum speed," said Baldick. "Corvette is just as purposeful in its own right. For 49 years, Corvette has remained true to its two-seat sports car heritage. Corvette combines power, performance, handling
and technology - while delivering the maximum amount of driving pleasure to those who value high performance."

When Corvette leads the field of 33 drivers to the green flag on May 26, it will be the start of something big - for racing fans and for Corvette enthusiasts around the world.

Chevrolet Indianapolis 500
Pace Cars of the Past

Chevrolet has paced the Indianapolis 500 12 times, more than any other brand:
1999 Monte Carlo (Jay Leno, driver)
1998 Corvette (Parnelli Jones, driver)
1995 Corvette (Jim Perkins, driver)
1993 Camaro Z28 (Jim Perkins, driver)
1990 Beretta (Jim Perkins, driver)
1986 Corvette (Gen. Chuck Yeager, driver)
1982 Camaro Z28 (Jim Rathmann, driver)
1978 Corvette (Jim Rathmann, driver)
1969 Camaro (Jim Rathmann, driver)
1967 Camaro (Mauri Rose, driver)
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air (T.H. Keating, driver)
1948 Chevrolet Fleetmaster (Wilbur Shaw, driver)

Bobbie Jo Lee
NCM Communications Coordinator
http://www.corvettemuseum.com


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Thanks for the info!! I guess we now know what that 50 "Special" Corvette delivery is all about at Bob Bendix!! :cool:

Bob...you better get us some pictures!! :D
 

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Nice post!!

Hey Bob,

Is that "special" Vette for sale??

Mark
 

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Very cool! :cool:

Wonder what it will look like? :-?

Please GM.... no more purple/yellow. :puke:
Sorry to you '98 Pace Car owners.... :p
 

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Colors??? Maybe a Torch Red, Electron Blue, Speedway white combo?

Gotta Love the instant reply feature :D
 

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Definitely going to see a 50th Aniv. 500 hp coupe now. 75k. White with red interior, black & white checkerboard flgs down the side.

I want one
 

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From the IRL Web site.

24 days until the Miami race!
 

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Goodbye Pace Car

I'm sad to report that Saturday I have to get rid of my 1998 Indy Pace Car.
:cry: :cry: :cry:

However, I'm happy to say that Saturday I'm picking up my 2002 Blk/Blk Z06.
:z: :z: :z:
 

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I thought about it but then again I have two sons, 21 and 18. Need I say more.
 

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SPDY Z06 said:
Definitely going to see a 50th Aniv. 500 hp coupe now. 75k. White with red interior, black & white checkerboard flgs down the side.

I want one
How about a larger version of the photo in this post????:yeadog: :yeadog: :yeadog: :yeadog: :yeadog: :yeadog: :yeadog: :yeadog: :yeadog: :yeadog: :yeadog: :yeadog:

Joe:D :D :D :D
 
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