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Dale Earnhardt Jr. to drive pace car at Indianapolis 500

UPDATED: Fri., May 17, 2019, 9:46 a.m.

In this Oct. 6, 2017 photo, Dale Earnhardt Jr. smiles during a NASCAR news conference at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. The retired NASCAR driver will drive the pace car for the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to lead the 33 drivers to the green flag on May 26. (Chuck Burton / Associated Press)
In this Oct. 6, 2017 photo, Dale Earnhardt Jr. smiles during a NASCAR news conference at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. The retired NASCAR driver will drive the pace car for the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to lead the 33 drivers to the green flag on May 26. (Chuck Burton / Associated Press)
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS – Retired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. will drive the pace car for the Indianapolis 500.

Earnhardt will drive the Corvette Grand Sport Official at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to lead the 33 drivers to the green flag May 26.

The NBC Sports analyst will be part of the broadcast team. It will be Earnhardt’s first trip to the Indy 500.

Earnhardt also drove the pace car at Indy last year for the NASCAR race. He opened this year’s NASCAR season driving the pace car for the Daytona 500.

This is the 16th year Corvette has served as the Indy 500 pace car and the 30th time a Chevrolet has led the field dating back to 1948, when a Fleetmaster Six convertible paced the race.

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