May 30, 2021, at the 105th Indianapolis 500, a 2021 mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Hardtop Convertible will lead the 33-car field to the green flag. This 2021 Corvette will be the first convertible to pace the Indy 500 since 2008. This is not the first time Chevrolet or Corvette has led the field. The 2021 Indy 500 will be the 32nd time for Chevrolet to lead the field and the 18th time for Corvette. In fact, this is the second year in a row for a mid-engine Corvette Stingray to serve as the pace car. This 2021 Corvette Stingray Convertible has an Arctic White exterior and a complementary interior with Sky Cool Gray and Strike Yellow upholstery. The exterior of the Corvette has been festively adorned with decals for the race. These additions include Indy 500 logos, yellow and gray stripes, special Stingray decals, and more.
To maintain visible safety lighting on the pace car, Corvette engineers integrated four taillights into the tonneau cover nacelles. Strobe lighting has also been placed in the headlights, front louvers, and taillights. The Stingray convertible’s design was inspired by fighter jets. The aerodynamically shaped nacelles work to decrease air circulation within the cabin and deliver a unique profile. Powered by a new 6.2L Small Block V-8 LT2 engine, the Corvette convertible produces 495 horsepower and 470 lb-of torque. Along with racing harnesses and emergency lights, the 2021 Corvette Stingray Convertible also is equipped with the Z51 package. This allows the Corvette a top speed over 180 mph, but the pace car only needs to reach 130 mph at the race. At this year’s Indianapolis 500, Chevrolet is putting their best on display for the fans. Read more on the pace car here.