It’s official. Business tycoon, reality star, and potential 2012 presidential candidate Donald Trump will drive the pace car at the 100th anniversary Indianapolis 500 on May 29.
“It’s a great honor to be selected as the Pace Car driver for such an American institution as the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500,” Trump said. “The Indianapolis 500 has been the gold standard of motorsports for a century, and I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the Camaro and bring the famous field of 33 drivers to the green flag.”
The Celebrity Apprentice star could reach speeds up to 140 mph as he whips around the track in the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible pace car. Trump joked that such speeds are bound to muss his infamous hair.
“It is as you know, it is my hair. It will be messy,” Donald told ESPN’s Jamie Little. Trump went on to say that he’d likely have to wear a hat for the big event.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway president and CEO Jeff Belskus selected Trump for the honor.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Donald Trump as the driver of the Pace Car for the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500,” Belskus said. “He is an iconic American success story, a business leader without peer who is a fitting choice to bring the field for ‘The Most Important Race in History’ to the green flag.”