Although it won't be arriving in dealer showrooms until fall, the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe will see its first on-track action later this month when it serves as the official pace car for the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500. The appearance of the new seventh-generation Corvette will mark a record 12th time the model has served in this capacity since first being charged with those duties back in 1978. It also will be the 24th time Chevrolet has been the marque to be awarded this honor, a stat that continues its primacy on that front, as well.

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Save for its Laguna Blue Tintcoat paint, strobe lights, track-mandated safety features and official Indianapolis 500 graphics, the race-pacer Corvette Stingray is a virtual clone of its upcoming production sibling. While it does benefit from the optional Z51 Performance Package that brings an electronic limited-slip differential, dry-sump oiling system, integral brake, differential and transmission cooling systems as well as a unique aero package that improves high-speed stability, no changes have been made to its 6.2-liter 450-horsepower LT1 V8.

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