Chevrolet Corvette convertible was selected as the Official
Pace Car for the fourth time for the 1998 Indianapolis
500. To commemorate the event, Chevy once again produced
a limited number of pace car replicas for sale to the
golfer Greg Norman was originally selected to drive
the pace car in 1998. He participated in testing runs
in the early spring. However, Parnelli Jones was named
a last-minute substitute after Norman was forced to
withdraw because of shoulder surgery.
cars have been selected a total of eleven times for
Indy 500 Pace Car duties -- more than any other manufacturer
-- and 1998 will mark the seventh time that the company
has offered replica cars for sale.
its Radar Blue exterior color to its in-your-face bright
yellow wheels and equally attention-getting yellow &
black leather interior, the '98 Corvette Convertible
Indy 500 Pace Car turns heads wherever it goes. In addition
to the vivid color combination mentioned above, a stunning
yellow graphics package, with a checkered flag motif
towards the rear, stretches from the Corvette's functional
front gill panel all along the sides of the car and
up over its tail.
replica Corvette convertible pace cars were exactly
the same as the real thing -- with the exception of
the specially-fitted strobe lights on the actual pace
car which were mandated by the Speedway for safety reasons.
And since the 345-hp Corvette needs no powertrain modifications
to handle the pacing chores, the replicas were mechanically
identical to the original.
addition to the special paint and graphics described
above, the Indy Pace Car Option Package (Z4Z) on the
'98 Corvette convertible contains other highly-desirable
options. Heading the list is a Delco electronically-tuned
AM/FM radio with seek & scan, automatic tone control,
CD player, digital clock, Theft Lock, speed-compensated
volume control and a Bose speaker system. Also included
is an electronic dual-zone heating & air conditioning
system, dual-power leather adjustable sport bucket seats,
memory package and floor mats.
choices were a 4-speed automatic transmission with a
performance axle ratio at no extra charge, or the optional
6-speed manual transmission at additional cost.
that's not all. Beginning with the 1998 pace car production,
Chevy introduced an impressive new Active Handling chassis
control system (JL4) for the Corvette. The Active Handling
system utilizes a yaw sensor, steering angle sensor,
lateral accelerometer and other space-age technologies
to enhance Corvette's already nimble handling with added
accident avoidance capabilities. A "competitive
driving" mode, something no other chassis control
system has, is available for gymkhana or autocross events.
Z4Z Pace Car Package (with the automatic) added $5,039
to the Corvette convertible's very competitive base
MSRP of $44,990 (which included destination charges).
built only 1,163 of the '98 Corvette Convertible Indy
500 Pace Car replicas, including 5 Pilot C5's for factory
use only. The bulk of these were sold by selected Chevy
dealers in the United States, and a limited number were
exported to Canada, Europe, the Middle East and the
winner of this year's race was Eddie Cheever Jr., driving
the #51, Rachel's Potato Chips, Dallara, Oldsmobile