’78 Indy pace car draws post position 1 for race

1990 ZR1 remains pre-race favorite in Fiberglass Follies

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The first Chevrolet Corvette to pace the Indianapolis 500, the 1978 model, will start from the No.1 post position in the ClassicCars.com Fiberglass Follies, the “Race for the Roses” taking place the first Saturday in May, the usual date for the Kentucky Derby, which has been postponed this year by the coronavirus pandemic.

Important note: The Fiberglass Follies is not an actual race but a fantasy event designed to fill a pandemic-created void in the calendar.

Drawing the pole position for the race dropped the pace car’s odds on winning from 10-1 to 6-1.

While the Indy pace car benefited greatly in the draw for post positions, the 1955 Corvette, the first year of production with a V8 engine, drew position No. 20. The ’55 already was listed at 99-1 on the morning line and it retains those odds for the race.

The morning line favorite, the 1990 ZR1, drew post No. 6, and its odds slipped from 5-2 to 4-1.

Meanwhile, the 2014 C7, the car that moved the Corvette into global supercar status, drew post No. 3 and its odds fell from 50-1 to 6-1.

Here is the full field, list by post position and with final race-day odds:

Check back in on Saturday for the race report. In the meantime, you can place your imaginary bet through the form below. Our staff expert at such things says he’d make a $40 wager at the window. “Go with a $10 WPS (win-place-show) across the board wager, with money on the ’63 ‘Split Window.’ Tremendous value at 30-1.

“Also, he adds, “consider a long-odds exotic wager and box the ‘Fuelie,’ the ‘Split-Window’ and the LT1 in a swing for the fences trifecta.”

So if you had $40 in funny money to wager, what would be your picks? The betting windows are open below.

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