Team Penske driver Ryan Briscoe averaged 226.484 mph to win the pole for this Sunday’s 96th Annual Indianapolis 500. While that time guarantees he?ll be starting at the head at the field, there are some other benefits that the Indy pole sitter enjoys like getting the opportunity to run some hot laps in the 2013 Corvette ZR1 Indianapolis 500 pace car.
In the video, we see Briscoe behind the wheel of the 638-horsepower Corvette ZR1 which is the fastest production car to ever pace the ?greatest spectacle in racing?.
Briscoe talked about driving the Corvette afterward and said ?the car handled the grooves pretty well, the corners here are so fast and the corner speeds were between 140-150 mph, but always felt right in control. I was able to apex it down below the white line in all four corners and get the power back down really confidently. It’s an impressive machine.?
The 2013 Corvette ZR1 features the 60th Anniversary Package which has the Arctic White exterior with the full-body racing stripe. You can see other clues as well including the 60th Anniversary embroidery on the seat headrests. The 60th Anniversary Package will be available on all 7 Corvette models for the 2013 model year.
The Corvette ZR1 isn’t the only Chevy powered vehicle starting at the head of the pack. Chevrolet has returned to Indianapolis this year as an engine provider, and on Sunday, eight of the top nine fastest qualifiers are using Chevy’s twin-turbocharged, direct-injection V6 engine. So while the Corvette ZR1 will start the race, we’re hoping to see a bow-tie powered IndyCar in the winner’s circle at the end of the race.
The green flag drops on the 96th annual Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 27th at 12:00 noon ET. The race will be broadcast on the NBC Sports Network.