the 2004 Indianapolis 500 race, Corvettes (and Chevrolet
SSR vehicles) were used as
official support vehicles, more commonly referred to
as "Festival" or "Track Vehicles".
22 White Corvettes and 33 Red SSR's were used for Sponsor
/ VIP laps which are done at 10:30 am (on race day).
Each VIP was introduced individually and had their chance
to wave to the camera.
After their introduction they proceeded to the SSR's
in Pit Lane.
loaded, each car proceeded through Pit Lane exit onto
the track. They lapped at 35 mph and then entered pit
lane from the north and proceeded to the start/finish
line where they unloaded.
Corvettes before the graphics were applied...
and after - waiting in the F1 Garage ready for final
A cold start to the morning!
Shots with the SSR Festival Vehicles in the background.
race winner received one of the white Corvettes and
several were used by GM as display and "Administrative
In honor of the last of the C5 generation Corvettes
used at Indy. This license plate says it all!
Five Corvettes on their way home from Bloomington where
they were used for the "Little 500". The "Little
500" is a bike race between the frat houses on
the campus of Indiana University. The movie "Breaking
Away" is based on this event. The Speedway has
been taking cars from the track to the event for the
past four years.
A "Dealer drive-away" Corvette before having
the graphics package applied.
of the Lemans Blue Corvettes were used for the "Dealer
drive-away" program that was sponsored
by the North Central Region of Chevrolet.
race day, 44 Corvettes and 22 Colorado's, driven by
66 proud dealers from Chevy's North Central
sales region had a parade lap. These were white and
red so with the Corvettes on track it was a red,
white and blue lap, with the vehicles sent out in order.
Riding in these Chevrolet vehicles were some
very special guests for the 2004 race. They included
almost 100 members of the military representing
all branches of military service.
of the Day's Events
command "Lady and Gentlemen, START YOUR ENGINES"
88th Running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race