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With 2013 being the 60th anniversary of Chevrolet's Corvette, the automaker moved things up a bit and launched next year's Corvette in time for the ZR1 version to be this year's pace car.
You can order the pace car graphics on any of the Corvette models, including the just-launched 427 Convertible. Opt for it with the Indy stripe scheme and those stripes will run right through the convertible top.
After seeing the pace cars, we wandered over the Speedway's excellent museum and came across a truly iconic `Vette from the past.
For the 1957 racing season, Zora Arkus-Duntov and team created the Corvette SS with its exciting magnesium body. Weight of the car was said to be just 1850 lbs and the "fuelie" Chevy small-block V-8 had some 307 bhp. The rear suspension was a DeDion design with inboard drum brakes.
Meant for , the car raced first at Sebring, where it proved to be very quick. Unfortunately, tech problems ended the Sebring effort after 23 laps and not much longer after that General Motors brought the entire effort to a halt with a ban in racing. The spare chassis for the SS went on to be the platform under Bill Mitchell's Peter Brock-designed Corvette Sting Ray race car.
Duntov gave the SS to the Indy museum during the driver's meeting for the Indy 500 in May, 1967.
You can see the SS in action here: