Dario Franchitti to drive pace car during 2014 Indianapolis 500
|By Mark Glendenning||Tuesday, March 25th 2014, 13:33 GMT|
Dario Franchitti will drive the pace car at this year's Indianapolis 500.
The four-time IndyCar champion and three-time winner at Indy announced his medically-enforced retirement from racing during the off-season, and said that he is thrilled to still be able to participate in the event in some way.
"It is a tremendous honour for me to be asked to drive the pace car for the Indianapolis 500," said Franchitti.
"As a historian of motorsport and as a three-time winner of this great race, 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. I can't wait until May in Indianapolis."
Franchitti, whose Ganassi team switched to Chevy engines this year, will drive a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.
"Dario is a true champion who has earned the respect and admiration of competitors and race fans alike," said Jim Campbell, US 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."