Indy 500: Franchitti named to drive pace car

Indy 500: Franchitti named to drive pace car

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Indy 500: Franchitti named to drive pace car

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Dario Franchitti will drive the pace car at this year’s Indianapolis 500.

The four-time IndyCar champion and three-time winner at Indy announced his medically-enforced retirement from racing during the off-season, although he continues to serve as an advisor to Chip Ganssi Racing. The Scot said that he is thrilled to still be able to participate in the event in some way.

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“It is a tremendous honor for me to be asked to drive the pace car for the Indianapolis 500,” said Franchitti. “As a historian of motorsport and as a three-time winner of this great race, I will appreciate every minute of getting to pace the field.

“Although I won’t be competing in the ‘Greatest Spectacle in Racing,’ this will be as close as one person can get to the action. I can’t wait until May in Indianapolis.”

Franchitti, whose Ganassi team switched to Chevy engines this year, will drive a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.

“Dario is a true champion who has earned the respect and admiration of competitors and race fans alike,” said Jim Campbell, Chevy vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports. “It will be very special to have Dario lead the field to the green flag at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

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