A stunning 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport will be serving as the Official Pace Car for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. This year marks the 16th time a Corvette model has served as the Official Pace Car for the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” and the 30th time for a Chevrolet vehicle. No other automaker or automobile has earned more Official Pace Car postings than Chevrolet or Corvette.
The first Chevrolet to serve as Official Pace
Car for the Indy 500 was a 1948 Fleetmaster Six convertible, taking the lead in
the race of that same year. The 2019 race, which takes place on May 26, marks
the first time a Corvette has been the Official Pace Car since 2007.
“Chevrolet is honored to lead the way for the
500 once again,” said Steve Majoros, director of Chevrolet passenger car and
crossover marketing. “The Grand Sport is a particularly excellent choice as its
wide body and aerodynamic features are steeped in racing heritage.”
The 2019 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport is practically race-ready itself, offering a 0-60 mph time of just 3.6 seconds. To experience track-capable thrills in your day-to-day, stop into Stingray Chevrolet Bartow and check out our selection of Corvette sports cars.
You may feel confident as a driver, but are you prepared to deal with complicated conditions like heavy rain showers? Driving in the rain can be a totally different experience from driving in dry conditions, meaning you’ll need to go into your commute with a slightly different mindset. These tips will help you get ready to navigate the inevitable rainy commute you’ll face down this spring.
When it’s raining, drive slower. It may seem
obvious, but it cannot be emphasized enough as the foremost tip for safe
driving in the rain. Accelerate more slowly, brake more gradually, and cruise
at a lower speed. This will make your vehicle better able to adapt to the slick
roads beneath your tires.
Another important way to prepare for
unexpected maneuvers or sudden braking is by leaving extra space between yourself
and other vehicles. Increase the following distance between your vehicle and
the vehicle in front of you so you will have more time to react to changes in
the traffic pattern.
of a Skid
If you feel yourself skidding on a wet
surface, do not slam on the brakes. Braking may just reduce traction even more.
Instead, let off the gas and continue to steer in the direction that you want
To make sure that your vehicle is as ready for springtime driving as it can possibly be, stop into Stingray Chevrolet Bartow for your regularly scheduled service.
Time to get away? Not to worry; there are plenty of weekend
destinations near Bartow worth checking out. Whether you’re looking to spend
some time relaxing on the beach or playing a round on the links, there are
several great getaway options just within a short drive’s distance.
According to Trip Advisor, one of the best places to go in Central Florida is Orlando. While this Florida epicenter may not be ideal for those who want to escape the big city, Orlando is home to some iconic theme parks, water resorts, and more. Plus, with great food everywhere you go, you can turn your weekend into a sophisticated cuisine tour.
With a mix of many cultures, Tampa has become a truly
international city. Visit Tampa to see Busch Gardens, The Florida Aquarium, the
Museum of Science & Industry, or the beautiful Tampa Bay. If you want to
make a weekend of it, you can pack it all in and really get your money’s worth.
Port Canaveral is great for those who love the shore, yet
this city is also home to the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Museum. You can
stop by Rikki Tiki Tavern as well, and guided helicopter tours offer you a
perspective you just can’t find elsewhere.
Lakeland is perhaps lesser known than the other places we’ve
mentioned, but that doesn’t mean it has less to offer. Lakeland has 38 lakes in
the area, and nature lovers will enjoy the wildlife and scenery. You can see
eagles and wild pigs at Circle B Bar Reserve, or you can get some fishing in by
hiring a charter boat.
Chevy is going all out in its pursuit of
making the best trucks on the market, and the latest evidence of its quest is
the all-new 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD. The new Silverado HD hits the market
later this year as the most capable of its kind ever made thanks to new
engines, new innovations, and new technologies.
“We set out to make the best HD trucks on the market, bar none,” said Jaclyn McQuaid, chief engineer, Silverado HD. “We increased towing capabilities across the line, not just for dually buyers. We added class-leading towing technologies, such as 15 available camera views, to make trailering more convenient, whether pulling a large cargo trailer or fifth-wheel camper. And we made a host of changes to make tasks easier.”
When it hits, the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD
will hold several advantages over the competition with exclusive features like
a new Allison® 10-speed transmission for the 6.6-liter Duramax® V8, which
enables a 52 percent increase in max towing to a total of 35,500 pounds. It
will also be the only truck in the segment offered with an Autotrac® automatic
two-speed transfer case, 120-volt bed-mounted power outlet, head-up display,
and Power Up/Down Tailgate.
Additional highlights include significant
improvements to box length, width, and volume, including best-in-class 83.5
cubic feet of cargo volume for the 8-foot long box. Like the 2019 Silverado
1500, the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD gets a new DuraBed with roll-formed steel
construction. In addition to bold new looks and larger dimensions, the new
Silverado HD also gets an updated 6.6-liter V8 gas engine that offers 22
percent more torque and 18 percent more max towing capabilities than the
outgoing 6.0-liter V8 gas engine.
There’s a lot to consider with the exciting, all-new 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD, so keep your eyes peeled to learn when you can expect to see it and experience it in person at Stingray Chevrolet Bartow.
The mid-engine Chevy Corvette did not make its long-awaited
world premiere at January’s North American International Auto Show, but we know
that it’s coming and that it won’t be all that much longer before it breaks
cover. In the meantime, we continue to slake our thirst for this exciting car
with spy shots, including a recent look at the mid-engine Corvette interior.
CarScoops’ eagle-eyed photogs snuck a few shots of what he mid-engine Corvette looks like on the inside. Among the highlights: an all-digital instrument cluster that sits behind a flat-bottom two-spoke steering wheel, a massive infotainment screen, and a unique shifter for the presumed automatic transmission. The interior appears to be well-appointed and quite luxurious, which would make it every bit as exciting in the cabin as it promises to be on the road.
The new mid-engine Corvette has been confirmed by Chevrolet big wigs, but there’s little else known about it at the moment. What engine will it get? How much horsepower will it produce? What new technologies will it feature? For these answers and the answer to the ultimate question — when you can expect to see it in the showroom at Stingray Chevrolet Bartow — watch this space and stay tuned.