The 500, which is set for May 29th, will be paced by Penske in a yet-to-be-announced Chevrolet vehicle. Indianapolis Motor Speedway wouldn’t confirm to IndyStar that Penske would pace the event, however they didn’t deny the claim either.
“We’re very excited about our Chevrolet pace car driver for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil,” IMS president Doug Boles said. “It is critical to IMS and our fans that the pace car driver for the Indianapolis 500 represent the importance of this event and understand what it means to be leading the field to the green for the 100th time. Our selection embodies those requirements completely. We are looking forward to unveiling this year’s pace car and making the driver announcement formal on Monday afternoon at IMS.”
Team Penske currently has 16 Indianapolis 500 trophies to their name and with 1 victory under their belt in 2016, are looking strong enough to make it 17. Penske’s Juan Pablo Montoya emerged victorious from The 500 last year, so he and his teammates Simon Pagenaud, Helio Castroneves and Will Power will be especially thirsty for a taste of the milk this year.