Locally Made Engine to Power Indy 500 Pace Car

May 14, 2013 Updated May 20, 2013 at 10:56 AM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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May 14, 2013 Updated May 20, 2013 at 10:56 AM EDT

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW) The pace car for this year's Indianapolis 500 is a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray powered by a new type of V-8 engine that is built in Tonawanda, N.Y.

It is not available to the general public until later this year, but the LT1 6.2 L V-8 engine will be the standard engine for the new 2014 Stingray's.

For the 1700 employees at the Tonawanda Engine Plant, having their engine start the famous race is a big honor, and they are confident that it will perform flawlessly.

"I have utmost confidence that they'll be absolutely no problems with that engine. We are going to be screaming our brains out and all be very proud to watch that vehicle go around the track," said Mary Ann Brown, plant communications manager.

In 2010, General Motors invested over $800 million dollars into upgrading the Tonawanda plant so it could produce the new small block V-8 and 2.0 Turbo/2.5L Ecotec engines.

In 2012, the 2.0L Turbo was name the top engine on Wards 10 Best Engine List.

The INDY 500 is scheduled to take place during Memorial Day weekend on Sunday May 26th.

It will be televised on Ch7 / ABC starting at 11am.