Colin L. Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State, drove
a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette convertible pace car to lead
the field to the start of the 89th running of the Indianapolis
500 on May 29, 2005.
Powell nor the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a stranger
to Corvette. For a record seventh time, Corvette paced
the Indianapolis 500, and at the time of the race, Powell
owned a 2005 Corvette coupe. This race was the track
debut of the sixth-generation Corvette convertible.
It marked the fourth consecutive year and 16th time
overall that a Chevrolet has served as the official
pace vehicle-the most appearances by any brand.
The 2005 Corvette that served as the Indy 500 Pace Car
was virtually identical to the convertible models that
were available through local Chevrolet dealerships.
Because the 2005 production Corvette was so racing-ready
with 400 horsepower capable of 186 mph and a 0-60 mph
time of 4.1 seconds, class-leading aerodynamics, a suspension
that can handle .98 Gs in cornering situations and large
18-inch front and 19-inch rear wheels, few changes were
made to prepare it for this year's role.
race cars, the duties of a pace car can be long and
strenuous. During the last three Indy 500 races, for
example, the Chevy pace vehicles led the field for a
combined 140 laps (350 miles) of the total 600 race
laps (1,500 miles) and ran an average lap speed of 75
mph. Even during green-flag race conditions, the pace
cars patiently run at idle ready for action at a moment's
2005 Corvette convertible pace car featured a "Victory
Red" paint treatment with a bright "Machine
Silver Metallic" primary stripe down the center
flanked by titanium and black accent stripes. The 2005
Indy 500 logo is on each door and is embroidered on
the headrests while the Chevy red racing Bowtie appears
at the top of the hood. The windshield also displayed
Chevy's "An American Revolution" slogan, and
the overall theme emphasizes Chevrolet's pride and passion
for innovation, its success in motorsports and the energy
surrounding the launch of 10 new car and truck products
in 20 months.
those enthusiasts hoping to snag a replica, once again,
Chevrolet produced no replicas of this year's Pace Car
to sell to the public. When will they remember that
we are out here???
made history, as Danica Patrick finished in fourth-place,
the best ever by a woman in the Greatest Spectacle
in Racing. She also led 19 laps in the No. 16
Rahal Letterman Racing Argent Pioneer Panoz/Honda/Firestone
to become the first woman to lead in the race and was
named JPMorgan Chase Rookie of the Year.
at the end, the winner of this year's race was Dan Wheldon
with his Andretti Green Racing Dallara/Honda.