Despite the clear Chevrolet advantage on the short oval, drivers were hesitant to make a connection between Phoenix and the Indy 500 scheduled for May 28.
Following those two were Chevrolet drivers JR Hildebrand of Ed Carpenter Racing and another Penske driver Helio Castroneves.
It’s no secret Honda has enjoyed the advantage at Indianapolis Motor Speedway the in recent years, with Honda drivers winning 11 of 13 races contested since 2004.
The Honda driver told The Indianapolis Star earlier this season that he wouldn’t be surprised if Honda arrives at IMS and discovers its advantage is gone.
Power said at Phoenix that Chevrolet has made it a priority to reduce if not eliminate the superspeedway gap between the manufacturers.
as declared in The Indianapolis 500 will feature a 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport as its official pace car, the 14th time the model has done so since 1978.
Powering the Corvette Grand Sport is GM’s LT1 6.2-liter V-8 that makes 460 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque.
Magnetic Ride Control and an electronically controlled limited-slip differential also come standard on the Corvette Grand Sport.
It will lead drivers to green flag at the start of the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 28.
A seven-speed manual is standard on all Corvette models but the pace car will use the optional eight-speed automatic transmission.
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2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport will pace Indy 500 field
2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Indy 500 Pace Car Enlarge Photo According to Chevrolet, this is the 28th time the brand has led the Brickyard field to the green flag since 1948.
Aside from fielding several of the top entries for this year’s race, Chevy is once again supplying the pace car, a patriotically colored Corvette Grand Sport.
A cursory Wikipedia search shows Chevy pace cars on Indy duty perennially since 2002.
As a refresher, the Grand Sport combines elements of the Corvette Stingray and Z06.
When the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 kicks off in a few weeks time, it will be with a Chevrolet at the head of the field…as the pace car.