Last month, we brought you news that Dale Earnhardt Jr. would be attending his first-ever running of the Indianapolis 500 as an analyst for NBC Sports, which now has exclusive rights to the NTT IndyCar Series in the United States.
Dale’s first time going to the Indy 500 just got even better, as he’s been named the honorary pace car driver for the race. The two-time Daytona 500 winner will lead the field to green in the specially prepared red and gold 2019 Corvette Grand Sport pace car come race day on May 26th.
“I was already excited to attend my first Indianapolis 500 with NBC Sports, but driving the Pace Car just takes it to another level,” Earnhardt said. “The 2019 Corvette Grand Sport is an awesome car, and it’s an honor to be asked to lead the field to the green flag.
“I’m proud to be a part of such a prestigious event at a place that means so much to racing history,” he added. “This will be an experience that I’ll cherish forever.”
This is actually the second time Earnhardt Jr. has led a field to the green flag at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – he also drove the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 pace car for the 2018 Big Machine Vodka 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at the Brickyard last September.
“Dale Earnhardt Jr. is one of the most popular and respected drivers in American motorsports in recent decades, and he knows all about speed, passion and tradition at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said in a statement. “We knew he would enjoy his first Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge with the NBC Sports team, but driving the Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car will create an even more indelible memory for a lifetime.”
You can catch Dale Earnhardt Jr. behind the wheel of the 2019 Corvette Grand Sport pace car when he leads the field to green on Sunday, May 26th at 12:45 p.m. ET.