The Oldsmobile Aurora was a natural choice for pace car of
the 1997 Indianapolis 500, after serving as pace car for all Indy Racing
League races (except Indy) in 1996 and 1997. The Aurora's
standard 250-horsepower, 4.0L V-8 engine meant the car needed no performance
modifications. A 650-horsepower version of that same engine went on to
win the 1997 Indy 500, marking the first time the same engine design had
both paced and won at Indy.
marked the first time since 1947 that a four-door sedan was chosen to lead
the race, and the first front-wheel-drive four-door ever.
64 Auroras were built for use as pace cars and parade cars. Oldsmobile
did not produce a replica of this car.
The 1997 pace car was driven
by three-time Indy winner Johnny Rutherford.
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