SPEEDWAY, Ind. — Former IndyCar Series driver and team owner Sarah Fisher will be the pace car driver leading the field to the green flag at the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500.
On Tuesday, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway unveiled this year’s pace car, a brand new Corvette Z06 70th Anniversary Edition.
“Every time I’ve had the opportunity to drive at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, it’s been special, from IndyCar Series cars to two-seaters to vintage cars,” Fisher said. “Driving the Pace Car is just as special of an honor.”
Fisher was a pioneer for female drivers in open-wheel racing in the late 90s and 2000s, at one point becoming the fastest female driver in a major open-wheel racing series to start on pole at Kentucky Speedway in 2002. Prior to that, she was the first female driver to finish in the top three of an IndyCar race, also at Kentucky Speedway in 2001.
She later founded her own racing team, helping launch the career of two-time IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden.
The 2023 Corvette Z06 she’ll be driving in front of the field is powered by the all-new 5.5L LT6 which creates 670 horsepower, making it the highest-horsepower naturally aspirated V-8 ever to hit the market in any production car.