INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - A Boston Marathon survivor and actor Jake Gyllenhaal will serve as the honorary starters for the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. It will be a first for the May 28th race as there has never been a duel set of starters.
"We're honored to welcome Jake Gyllenhaal and Jeff Bauman to send the field of 33 starters into Turn 1 for 'The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,'" said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. "It's fitting that our fans will join Jake in honoring an incredible hero like Jeff on Memorial Day Weekend, as it's a time when all Americans honor those who have made tremendous sacrifices for our nation."
Bauman's New York Times best selling book "Stronger" is the basis for a movie, to be released in September, that Gyllenhaal will star in. Bauman lost both legs in the April 15th, 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.