Guy Fieri to Drive Corvette ZR1 Pace Car at Indy 500

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

Guy Fieri of Food Network fame, among many other things, will officially be the pace car driver piloting the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR 1 pace car at the upcoming Indy 500.

“There are races and then there are races,” Fieri said. “And without a doubt, the Indy 500 is the race that I’ve always wanted to attend. And now, to be driving the Corvette Pace Car … this is going to be unbelievable.”

Fieri is probably most readily known for the show he hosts: Diners Drive-Ins and Dives, the seven restaurants he co-owns and operates in Northern California, or the books he’s authored on food.

Sandwiches aside, he’s also a certified car fanatic. With a collection including his recently recovered Lamborghini Gallardo and a host of classic Chevorlets including his 1968 Camaro SS, which appears on his show.

“We look forward to welcoming Guy Fieri to the Indianapolis 500,” said Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president and chief executive officer. “He’s full of energy and is a longtime ‘car guy’ – a perfect match for ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.’ I’m sure he’ll remember forever the moment he fires up the incredible 2013 Corvette ZR1 and paces the field to the green flag.”

And incredible it is. With a 638-hp 6.2-liter LS9 engine, this will be the fastest car to ever pace the race, which will run on May 27.

Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

Luke is an energetic automotive journalist who spends his time covering industry news and crawling the internet for the latest breaking story. When he isn't in the office, Luke can be found obsessively browsing used car listings, drinking scotch at his favorite bar and dreaming of what to drive next, though the list grows a lot faster than his bank account. He's always on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/lukevandezande">Twitter</A> looking for a good car conversation. Find Luke on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/lukevandezande">Twitter</A> and <A title="Luke on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/112531385961538774338?rel=author">Google+</A>.

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