John Green, best known as the author of critically acclaimed youth novel The Fault In Our Stars, will drive the pace car for the upcoming 2016 Grand Prix of Indy.
“John is a huge IndyCar and Indianapolis Motor Speedway fan and we have been looking for the right opportunity to get him involved in one of the events,” said Indianapolis Motor Speedway president J. Douglas Boles. “Having him drive the Chevrolet pace car for the Angie’s list Grand Prix of Indianapolis is a great way for him to be part of this historic month.”
“This is such an honor to be chosen to drive the pace car at one of the most iconic race tracks in the world – which just happens to be in my backyard,” added Green. “I’m looking forward to driving on the same track as so many of the greatest drivers in the world.”
This year’s pace car for the GP of Indy, which precedes the 100th running of the Indy 500, will be a Torch Red 2016 C7 Corvette Stingray. Chevy notes the car required no performance enhancements in order to qualify for pacecar duty, however a light bar and fire extinguisher were added.
Last year’s GP of Indy, which is run on the IMS road course, was won by Team Penske’s Will Power. The inaugural GP of Indy, run in 2014, was won by then-Sam Schmidt Motorsports driver and current Team Penske driver Simon Pagenaud.