Jeff Gordon to pace this years Indy 500

Jeff Gordon poses with the Indy 500 pace car and talks to the media at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana Wednesday (IMS)
 Jeff Gordon poses with the Indy 500 pace car and talks to the media at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana Wednesday (IMS)

Jeff Gordon poses with the Indy 500 pace car and talks to the media at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana Wednesday
(IMS)

NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon was at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Wednesday preparing to do something he has never done. Chevrolet announced Wednesday that Gordon will drive a Corvette Z06 pace car for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 mile race, May 24.

Gordon is the midst of his final season as a full time driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. He has received various farewell mementos from several tracks including two weeks ago when his children Ella (age 7) and Leo (age 4) gave the command to start engines at Bristol. Indianapolis Motor Speedway will give Gordon a farewell by allowing him to pace the field for one of the world’s most prestigious motorsports events.

“This is amazing. What a special moment this is for me,” Gordon said Wednesday shortly after taking a lap in the Corvette. MORE>>>

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