Olympic gold medalist Lilly King will lead the Verizon IndyCar Series field across the yard of bricks to the green flag at this weekend’s IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on Saturday afternoon.
The Evansville native won two gold medals for the USA Swimming team at the Summer Olympic games in Rio De Janeiro in 2016.
King will drive the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Pace Car and speaking at the announcement she said:
I’m super-excited to be able to drive the Pace Car for the INDYCAR Grand Prix. “As a homegrown Hoosier, there is nothing cooler than being able to drive at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway!
Chevrolet’s Vice President of Performance Vehicles and motorsports, Jim Campbell commented on the news saying:
We are proud that Olympic gold medalist Lilly King will be pacing the INDYCAR Grand Prix in the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport. “As a world-class athlete with a passion for competition, it will be great to have Lilly experience what it’s like to lead the field of the best IndyCar drivers from around the world across the famed Yard of Bricks.
President of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway J Douglas Boles commented on the news saying:
Lilly King is one of the greatest athletes ever from the state of Indiana, and we’re honored to welcome her to drive the Corvette Grand Sport Pace Car in the INDYCAR Grand Prix. “She knows all about speed in the pool, and we think she’ll enjoy the incredible performance of the Corvette on track at the Racing Capital of the World.