Former IndyCar Series driver and 2005 Indianapolis 500 rookie of the year who finished fourth in the race will serve as the official pace car driver for next weekend’s 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.
Speaking following the announcement, Patrick who finished third in the 2009 and was the first female driver to lead laps of the race commented saying:
“I am very honored to drive the Corvette Stingray Pace Car this year at the Indy 500. “It is even more special because of the past year we have all endured, and it will be so nice to see fans back in the stands. I’m also excited to again be a part of the NBC broadcast team for the race.
“I have always loved Chevy vehicles, and the Corvette convertible is such a beautiful car. Maybe they will let me drive it home!”
Patrick also returns as a pundit for NBC’s coverage of the race.