Donald Trump to drive the '11 Camaro Convertible pace car at Indy 500

Financier. Real estate mogul. Author. TV star. And now, pace car driver. Donald Trump was named Tuesday to drive the Chevrolet Camaro pace car to start the 100th-anniversary Indianapolis 500 on May 29 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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April 7, 2011 - PRLog -- "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, according to the Speedway's website. "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 real-estate mogul and "Celebrity Apprentice" star was asked last month to drive the Pace Car by Indianapolis Motor Speedway president and CEO Jeff Belskus.
"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."

Trump joins an eclectic list that in the early years was dominated by former racers, but more recently has drawn apprentice drivers from the entertainment industry. Since 1999, the only former Indy driver to pace the field was Emerson Fittipaldi in 2008.

Trump's predecessors include:

Six actors: James Garner (1975, '77, '85); Anthony Edwards (2000); Jim Caviezel ('02); Morgan Freeman ('04); Patrick Dempsey ('07); and Josh Duhamel ('09).
Two women: Elaine Irwin Mellencamp (2001) and Robin Roberts ('10).
One each of: country singer (Marty Robbins, 1976); secretary of state (Colin Powell, 2005), late-night talk show host (Jay Leno, '99); and cycling champion (Lance Armstrong, '06).

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