Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Fisher To Drive 2023 Corvette Z06 70th Anniversary Edition Pace Car at the 106th Indianapolis 500
Former INDYCAR SERIES driver and team owner Sarah Fisher, who remains the fastest woman in Indianapolis 500 mile history, will drive the 2023 Corvette Z06 70th Anniversary Edition Pace Car to lead the field to the green flag for the 106and Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 29 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Fisher, from Ohio, threw “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” nine times between 2000 and 2010, a record for female drivers. Her fastest four-lap qualifying speed of 229.439 mph in 2002 also remains an event record for a female driver.
Fisher was also the first woman to win pole position for a major North American open-wheel event, for the 2002 INDYCAR SERIES race at Kentucky Speedway. She was also the first female driver to place in the top three in INDYCAR SERIES competition, placing third in 2000 at Kentucky Speedway and second in 2001 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
After his racing career, Fisher turned to team ownership, giving two-time series champion Josef Newgarden his first race in the INDYCAR SERIES. Since ending her role as team owner, she has remained involved in the sport by serving as a Pace Car driver at select NTT INDYCAR SERIES events.
She now co-owns with her husband, Andy O’Gara, thriving Speedway Indoor Karting facilities in Speedway, Indiana, and Daytona Beach, Florida, and is a mother of two.
“Every time I’ve had the opportunity to drive at Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been special – from INDYCAR SERIES cars to two-seaters to vintage cars,” Fisher said. “Driving the Pace Car is as special as an honor. And having served in this role for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES since Johnny Rutherford retired, I have had many fond memories to add to my career.
“I am honored and proud to become the official Pace Car driver for the 106th Indianapolis 500 and to represent the hard work and development that Chevrolet puts into these fantastic automotive advancements and technologies.”
The 2023 Corvette Z06 is powered by the all-new 5.5L LT6 engine that develops 670 horsepower, making it the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 ever released in a production car. The Indianapolis 500 Corvette Z06 Pace Car exudes confidence with a wide stance and exotic mid-engine proportions. This year’s Pace Car features the available Z07 Performance Package, featuring a carbon fiber rear spoiler, aero ground effects, carbon ceramic brakes and more, for maximum trail capability.
A nod to the Corvette’s 70-year history, the Pace Car is a 2023 model of the year 70and Anniversary Edition Z06, finished in a special White Pearl Tri-Coat Metallic paint. Unique to this set on the production car and Pace Car, 70th Anniversary Edition exterior badging, including special Corvette cross flags, Edge Red brake calipers, and 70th Anniversary Edition logo on the seats , steering wheel and sill plates.
Chevrolet’s Performance Design Studio created a set of asymmetric stripes specifically for the Pace Car that takes inspiration from the ’70sand Anniversary Edition badge on Z06 door.
“Team Chevrolet is proud to lead the Indianapolis 500 for the 33rd times while celebrating 70 years of Corvette,” said Steve Majoros, vice president of marketing for Chevrolet. “It’s only fitting that the Indianapolis 500 is the first 2023 Corvette Z06-style race, a truly special moment for Corvette and INDYCAR fans everywhere.”
Chevrolet and Corvette led the starting field more than any other manufacturer and nameplate, respectively. The 2022 race marks the 33rd time for Chevrolet since 1948 and the 19th time since 1978 for America’s favorite sports car.
“Sarah Fisher is an Indianapolis 500 icon who always takes the time to appreciate her fans and represent Indianapolis Motor Speedway and ‘the greatest racing spectacle’ with class and humility,” said the IMS President. , J. Douglas Boles. “She is such a fitting person for this honour, and it will be such a pleasure and privilege to watch her lead the field of 33 green-flag cars in front of huge crowds on the track and a global TV audience.
“I’m sure Sarah will enjoy driving the 2023 Corvette Z06 70th Anniversary Edition, which is an incredible car with performance to match its great looks.”
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