“This is such an honor to be chosen to drive the Pace Car at one of the most iconic race tracks in the world—which just happens to be in my backyard,” said Green in a statement from the IMS on Sunday. “I’m looking forward to driving on the same track as so many of the greatest drivers in the world.”
The fit for Green at the track is deeper than just being an Indy celebrity. Green is an avid sports fan (see his @SportsWithJohn Twitter account), and since moving back to Indianapolis he has done an IndyCar fantasy league with his friends.
“John is a huge IndyCar and Indianapolis Motor Speedway fan, and we have been looking for the right opportunity to get him involved in one of the events,” said IMS president Doug Boles in the release. “Having him drive the Chevrolet Pace Car for the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis is a great way for him to be part of this historic month.”