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Donald Trump to drive pace car at Indianapolis 500

April 5, 2011 | 12:55 pm

Donald Trump hasn't yet given the green light to a presidential bid, but the business mogul will lead 33 cars to the green flag as driver of the pace car at this year's Indianapolis 500 on May 29.

111657870ML016_DONALD_TRUMPThis will be the 100th anniversary of the famed race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and "it's a great honor to be selected as the pace-car driver," Trump said in a statement. "I can't wait to get behind the wheel."

The Donald will drive a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro ahead of such IndyCar drivers as defending 500 winner Dario Franchitti, Danica Patrick, Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves.

Last year, actor Jack Nicholson waved the green flag as honorary starter of the Memorial Day weekend classic.


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-- Jim Peltz

Photo: Donald Trump at a news conference at Trump Tower in New York for the announcement that he'll drive the pace car at this year's Indianapolis 500. Credit: Michael Loccisano / Getty Images