Danica Patrick to lead Indy 500 field in Chevy pace car

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Danica Patrick will be on the track at the Indianapolis 500, at the front of the field when again.

Patrick was revealed Wednesday as the rate vehicle chauffeur for IndyCar’s marquee occasion. She will drive a 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray hardtop convertible to lead the field to green on May 30.

It will be the very first Corvette convertible because 2008 to rate “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

“I have always loved Chevy vehicles, and the Corvette convertible is such a beautiful car,” Patrick said. “Maybe they will let me drive it home.”

Patrick as a novice in 2005 ended up being the very first female to lead laps in the Indianapolis 500. Her third-place surface 4 years later on was the greatest for a female in the history of Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

She has actually because retired from racing — her 30th-place surface in the 2018 race was her last start — however Patrick go back to NBC’s broadcast team for the occasion for the 3rd successive year.

Chevrolet and Corvette have actually led the beginning field more than any other producer and nameplate. The 2021 race marks the 32nd time Chevrolet will rate the field dating to 1948. It it the 18th race because 1978 the Corvette was chosen.

Chevrolet was established in 1911, the year of the inaugural 500-mile race. Business co-founder Louis Chevrolet, along with siblings Arthur and Gaston, were motorists, and Arthur got in the very first Indy 500. Gaston Chevrolet won in 1920.

Chevrolet-powered groups have actually won 11 Indy 500’s with 9 various motorists.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.