At the 100 anniversary of The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the field will be led by the legendary AJ Foyt.
It was announced today after weeks of ensuing controversy that the replacement for Donald Trump would be Foyt.
Foyt will be driving the pace car around the 2.5 mile track, 50 years after winning his first 500 mile race which catapulted his career to what it became.
Foyt is a legend of the sport and was the first driver to ever win the event 4 times. He won the biggest race of them all in 1961, 1964, 1967 and 1977. Along with the wins as a driver, he also won the race as an owner in 1999 when Kenny Brack took the checkered flag.
Foyt will be driving a special edition Chevrolet Camaro Convertible to start the field off on their journey.
When asked about driving the pace car by Paul Kelly, Foyt had this to say, “Since I won my first Indy 500 50 years ago, I had hoped to still be racing in it, but driving the Pace Car is the next best thing!”
It will be nice for race fans and non race fans alike to see a true living legend lead the field three wide around the track, instead of a reality TV star and possible presidential candidate who brought unwanted drama to the race.
It is May sports fans and it is time to start thinking about that event that holds a special place in the heart of many people living and not living.
Although support for the race and sport is way down, it is still an amazing event to watch both on television and in person.
If you do not get chills while watching AJ Foyt lead the field of 33 around the two and a half mile oval then you should check your pulse, because it is truly one of the amazing moments in sports.
The race will be run on May 29th with coverage beginning on ABC at 11am est.