Victor is Indy's most popular man these days
Driver01

The Indiana Pacers guard will serve as the honorary pace car driver to start the May 27th race, it was announced Thursday.

"This is a tremendous honor for me," Oladipo said in a statement. "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."

He will lead the 33-car field to the starting line in a 2019 Corvette ZR1. The car can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 2.85 seconds and reach a top track speed of 212 mph.

Oladipo led the Pacers to a near-upset of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the playoffs after being traded to Indiana in the offseason. He has been named a finalist for the NBA's Most Improved Player Award.

"Avengers" actor Chris Hemsworth will wave the green flag to start the race, and Kelly Clarkson will sing the national anthem. A very cool honor. 

“It will be great to have Victor behind the wheel of the 2019 Corvette ZR1, the fastest, most powerful, most advanced performance production Corvette ever,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President Performance Vehicles and Motorsports for Chevrolet. “I can’t wait for Victor to experience that performance, along with the energy and anticipation of all the fans, as he leads the field to the green flag at the iconic Indy 500.”

The 2019 Corvette ZR1 Pace Car features:

  • LT5 small block 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine with 755-hp and 715 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 8-speed 8L90 paddle-shift automatic transmission
  • ZTK Performance Package, which features a stanchion-mounted adjustable carbon-fiber high rear wing, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and performance suspension
  • Magnetic Selective Ride Control™
  • Brembo® Carbon Ceramic brake system
  • ZR1 chrome-aluminum wheels: 19-inch front and 20-inch rear
  • Standard Performance Traction Management and Electronic Limited-Slip Differential
  • Unique Indy 500 graphics package
  • GM Design fully-integrated safety strobe system
  • Performance Data and Video Recorder

The Corvette ZR1 Pace Car can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 2.85 seconds and reach a top track speed of 212 mph, the fastest Corvette in history.

Up Next

Trending

adrian-peterson-0061-e1488310244717

Adrian Peterson's Side Chick Continues to Expose Him

As we first told you, Adrian Peterson's side chick Heart Malone, exposed their relationship on Instagram by posting screenshots of the free agent NFL running back's DM exchanges with her.  She was back at it on Monday providing more receipts of their love affair and the one she ...read more

almaiu

Tristan Thompson Linked to Another IG Model?

Khloe Kardashian has hinted she's back with Tristan Thompson.The 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' star was dealt a huge blow when her partner was seen kissing another woman just weeks before she gave birth to their first child, a little girl called True, but she has now ...read more

Screenshot_20180423-104808

Aaron Judge and Britt Hodges Instagram Official?

After broke the news that Aaron Judge spent the weekend entertaining Britt Hodges.  Monday morning she posted a picture of the two on Instagram. Does this make them Instagram official now?  We'll have to wait and see.  It does prove they spent the weekend together as our sources ...read more

thot asd

James Harden Benches Ashanti for Instagram Girlfriend

After cutting ties from Khloe Kardashian in 2016, the 28-year-old MVP front-runner, who endured a mediocre season the same year as the ill-fated romance, has found another lady love to cheer him on, R&B singer Ashanti.We were the first to post about James and Ashanti still ...read more

maxresdefault

Heidi Hoback Sends LeBron a Message Before Game 1

Heidi Hoback, the Instagram hottie that LeBron James DM'd last year, had a couple of messages for The King ahead of Game 1 of the Cavs-Raptors series.  Her first message came in the form of a video she posted of herself in a bikini listening to a Drake song.  It's has to be a ...read more