Dario Franchitti has been selected to drive the 2014 Chevy Camaro a/28 pace car in the 98th running of the Indy 500 in May 25.
"It is a tremendous honor for me to be asked to drive the pace car for the Indianapolis 500," he stated. "As a historian of motorsport and as a three-time winner of this great race (2007, 2010 and 2012), I will appreciate every minute of getting to pace the field. Although I won't be competing in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, this will be as close as one person can get to the action."
In turn, Doug Boles, president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced that, "We are excited to see Dario Franchitti back at the Brickyard, where he has had a very successful driving career. Not only will his appearance in the Camaro Z/28 pace car thrill race fans, it underscores Chevrolet's important place in the past, present and future of the Indianapolis 500." He also noted that this will be the 25th time a Chevrolet has paced the race.
Franchitti was forced to retire from competition after suffering a concussion and fracturing his spine and right ankle when he collided with Takuma Sato on the final lap during a IndyCar race at Houston last October that sent his car flying into the turn 5 catchfence. The accident also injured 13 fans.
"He is a true champion who has earned the respect and admiration of competitors and race fans alike," added Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports. "It will be very special to have Dario lead the field to the green flag at Indianapolis Motor Speedway."