Indiana Pacers Victor Oladipo says he is honored after he was named as the driver of the pace car for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway next weekend.
Speaking about the news, he said:
“This is a tremendous honor for me. “I’m so thankful Indiana continues to embrace me, from Indiana University to the Pacers and now the Indianapolis 500, the greatest race in the world. I would like to thank Chevrolet, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Pacers for allowing me this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Excited is a huge understatement to how I feel about this. I can’t wait.”
The Indiana University graduate will drive the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Pace Car. President of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, J Douglas Boles commented on the news saying:
It’s a great honor to welcome Victor Oladipo, one of the most popular recent sports figures in Indiana, to lead the field to the start of ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing. “Few NBA players drive to the basket with more speed and power than Victor, so he’ll feel right at home behind the wheel of the awesome 2019 Corvette ZR1 on Race Day.
US Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsport with Chevrolet, Jim Campbell commented saying:
It will be great to have Victor behind the wheel of the 2019 Corvette ZR1, the fastest, most powerful, most advanced performance production Corvette ever. “I can’t wait for Victor to experience that performance, along with the energy and anticipation of all the fans, as he leads the field to the green flag at the iconic Indy 500.