Dale Earnhardt Jr. to drive pace car at Brickyard 400

Photo: IMS

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - NASCAR icon Dale Earnhardt Jr. will drive the pace car for the 25th Running of the Brickyard 400.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced the honor Wednesday.

“I am honored that Chevrolet asked me to drive the Camaro ZL1 Pace Car in one of the biggest races of the year,” Earnhardt said. “The fan in me was already looking forward to this event. It’s a big race. There is a lot at stake since it’s the final chance for the teams and drivers to make the Playoffs. So, I hope to do a good job leading the field to the green flag, but I can promise you I’ll soak in every minute and enjoy the Brickyard in a way I never have before.”

Earnhardt's best finish in the Brickyard 400 was fourth in 2012, though he had five top five finishes in 16 races. He led five different races during his career at IMS.

This year's Brickyard 400 will be held on Sunday, September 9.