Earnhardt Named Indy 500 Pace Car Driver
Dale Earnhardt Jr will have an extra job next Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The NASCAR star who will be a pundit for NBC Sport for the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge as he has been named pace car driver.
Speaking about the news he said:
I was already excited to attend my first Indianapolis 500 with NBC Sports, but driving the Pace Car just takes it to another level. “The Corvette Grand Sport is an awesome car, and it’s an honor to be asked to lead the field to the green flag.
Earnhardt who will drive the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport went on to say:
I’m proud to be a part of such a prestigious event at a place that means so much to racing history. This will be an experience that I’ll cherish forever.”
Jim Campbell, Vice President US of Chevrolet performance vehicles and motorsport said:
It is exciting that Dale Earnhardt Jr. is going to lead the Indy 500 field to the green flag. “With Dale joining the Indy 500 broadcast crew for the first time, pacing the field in the 2019 Corvette Grand Sport will give him a unique perspective to share with the viewers. We are honored that Dale will add Indy 500 Pace Car driver to his long legacy with Chevrolet.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Doug Boles said:
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is one of the most popular and respected drivers in American motorsports in recent decades, and he knows all about speed, passion and tradition at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “We knew he would enjoy his first Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge with the NBC Sports team, but driving the Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car will create an even more indelible memory for a lifetime.”