Danica Patrick to drive Indy 500 tempo automobile
Danica Patrick is returning to the Indy 500…in a brand new function. The retired IndyCar race winner will drive the 2021 mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette Stingray hardtop convertible on the one hundred and fifth Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, Could 30. Patrick will drive the Arctic White Stingray, the primary Corvette convertible since 2008 to tempo the world’s most prestigious auto race.
“I’m very honored to drive the Corvette Stingray tempo automobile this 12 months on the Indy 500,” mentioned Patrick. “It’s much more particular due to the previous 12 months we’ve all endured, and will probably be so good to see followers again within the stands. I’m additionally excited to once more be part of the NBC broadcast workforce for the race.
“I’ve at all times cherished Chevy automobiles, and the Corvette convertible is such a fantastic automobile. Possibly they may let me drive it house!”
Patrick will function a studio analyst for NBC’s dwell race broadcast of the race alongside host Mike Tirico and fellow analyst Jimmie Johnson.
Patrick made eight Indianapolis 500 begins from 2005-11 and in 2018. She achieved the most effective beginning spot for a feminine driver — fourth, as a rookie in 2005 — and made headlines that 12 months by changing into the primary feminine driver to guide laps within the race.
She completed third in 2009 — the most effective outcome ever for a girl within the “500” — and holds the race document for laps led by a feminine, 29.
“We’re glad to welcome again Danica to the place the place she made motorsports historical past as the primary feminine driver to guide ‘The Biggest Spectacle in Racing,’” mentioned IMS President Doug Boles. “She is going to present a singular perspective for NBC viewers whereas behind the wheel of the highly effective Corvette Stingray convertible.”
Chevrolet and Corvette have led the beginning subject greater than another producer and nameplate, respectively. The 2021 race marks the thirty second time for Chevrolet to tempo the race, relationship again to 1948, and the 18th time since 1978 for the Corvette.