Restaurateur, best-selling author and host of the Food Network’s hit show “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” Guy Fieri will drive the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Pace Car to lead the field of 33 drivers to start the 2012 Indianapolis 500 on Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“There are races and then there are races,” said Fieri. “And without a doubt, the Indy 500 is the race that I’ve always wanted to attend. And now, to be driving the Corvette Pace Car…this is going to be unbelievable.”
Fieri is an avid classic car collector. He owns a red 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS convertible that is featured on his show. Among others, Fieri also has a 2011 Camaro SS convertible, 2007 Corvette, 1970 Chevelle SS 454, 1967 C10 pickup, 2006 Kodiak C4500 4X4, 2006 Silverado 2500 and a 2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV.
“We are excited to have Guy Fieri drive the Corvette ZR1, the official Pace Car for the 2012 Indianapolis 500,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet vice president, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “Guy will bring his genuine enthusiasm as he leads the starting field to the green flag for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500. We are humbled by his passion for Chevy and ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.’”
With 638 horsepower, the Corvette ZR1 is the most powerful production car ever to pace the race. This will be the 23rd time a Chevrolet has paced “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” and the 11th time a Corvette is serving as the Pace Car. Both are event records. The 2013 model year will mark the 60th anniversary and the final year of production for the current generation Corvette.