Victor Oladipo to drive the pace car at the 102nd Indy 500

Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) celebrates during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Indianapolis, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Indianapolis Motor Speedway has announced Victor Oladipo will drive the pace car at the 102nd Indianapolis 500.

The Pacers breakout star will drive the 2019 Corvette ZR1 Pace Car, leading the field for the May 27 race.

"This is a tremendous honor for me,” Oladipo said. “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."

Oladipo made his first NBA All-Star team during the 2017-18 season. He also led the league in steals.

"It's a great honor to welcome Victor Oladipo, one of the most popular recent sports figures in Indiana, to lead the field to the start of 'The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,'" IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. "Few NBA players drive to the basket with more speed and power than Victor, so he’ll feel right at home behind the wheel of the awesome 2019 Corvette ZR1 on Race Day."

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