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Victor Oladipo to drive Pace Car for 102nd Indianapolis 500

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The Pacers star guard will lead the field of the 102nd Indy 500 to the green flag.

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Victor Oladipo will drive the Pace Car for the 102nd running of the Indinapolis 500 on Sunday, May 27, as IMS announced on Thursday morning.

Speed is a huge component of Oladipo’s game on the court so he should feel comfortable hammering the gas at IMS as he leads the field of 33 to the green flag. Reggie Miller waved the green flag to start the race in 2005 but Oladipo takes the Pacers participation in the legendary local event to another level by driving the Pace Car — a snappy 2019 Corvette ZR1.

Indy loves Oladipo and the feeling is mutual following the past season when the two developed a deep appreciation for one another.

“This is a tremendous honor for me,” Oladipo said. “I’m so thankful Indiana continues to embrace me, from Indiana University to the Pacers and now the Indianapolis 500, the greatest race in the world. I would like to thank Chevrolet, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Pacers for allowing me this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Excited is a huge understatement to how I feel about this. I can’t wait.”

Now just make sure you keep the Pace Car off the wall, Vic.

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