2008 Indy 500 Pace Car

Corvettes hold a special place in the hearts of many car aficionados. They are purely American - big displacement power, snarling good looks - and one of the only American cars capable of hanging with the best Europe and Japan have to offer. But as much as the car’s raw performance - and great pricing - drives a car guy’s lust for the Corvette, the history and tradition of the ‘Vette brings it out even more. One of the most cherished Corvette traditions over the past 30 years has been its service as the pace car for the Indianapolis 500. This year, the tradition continues, but this time with two special edition pace cars.

Interestingly, the only modifications made to the Z06 driven by Emerson Fittipaldi are fuel system and computer changes to allow the car to run on E85, a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline, similar to the E100 pure ethanol that fuels the Indy cars themselves. Otherwise, the car is completely stock.

The 30th Anniversary Commemorative edition, on the other hand, has a two-tone interior to complement the black and silver paint job, embroidered Indy 500 logos on the seats, and will be available in both Coupe and Convertible models. Each will be personally signed and numbered by Emerson Fittipaldi. The 30th Anniversary editions also come standard with the 3LT option package, Z51 performance package and a dual-mode exhaust. Other standard features include a 436hp LS3 small-block V8, either six-speed manual or paddle-shift automatic transmissions, brand-new forged aluminum wheels and Indy 500 logo fender badges.