John Green to Drive Pace Car at Angie’s List Grand Prix
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced Sunday that the bestselling author will lead the field to the green flag.
The stars are lining up for a big Month of May in Indianapolis. Bestselling novelist and Indy resident John Green will serve as the honorary pace car driver for the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on Saturday, May 14. Colts punter and fan favorite Pat McAfee took the honor last year.
“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.”
Amazing day at the Speedway today trying to learn the ins and outs of the Grand Prix track. I'm still shaking! pic.twitter.com/FH26rf6REz
— John Green (@johngreen) April 17, 2016
— Indy Motor Speedway (@IMS) April 17, 2016