1998 marked the fourth time the Chevrolet Corvette had
been selected as the Indy 500 Pace Car. Other than mandatory safety features, the
Corvette needed no modifications to meet pace car specifications.
great Greg Norman was scheduled to drive the 1998 pace car, but was forced
to withdraw due to recent shoulder surgery. 1963 Indy 500 winner
Parnelli Jones was selected to fill in for Norman.
1998 Corvette's color-shifting "radar blue" paint and bright
yellow wheels presented some of the most extreme looks for an Indy pace
car. The car is powered by the stock 5.7 litre LS1 V-8 engine and
features an Active Handling chassis control system.
limited edition pace car replicas were produced by Chevrolet. The
"Z4Z" pace car option package cost $5,039.
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