Skip to comments.Trump Decides Not To Drive Pace Car (Indy 500)
Posted on 05/09/2011 10:39:13 PM PDT by moehoward
Donald J. Trump today informed the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that he may be announcing shortly his intention to run for the office of President of the United States, and therefore he thought it would be inappropriate to drive the Pace Car for the 100th anniversary running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 29.
I very much appreciate the honor, but time and business constraints make my appearance there, especially with the necessary practice sessions, impossible to fulfill, Trump said. I look forward to watching the race from New York.
Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation president and chief executive officer, noted that he respects Trumps position and appreciated the communication regarding this decision.
Donald Trump has been very enthusiastic about the 500 from the beginning of our conversations, and I have appreciated the interaction we have had with him and his staff, Belskus said. From my first conversation, I was impressed by his deep understanding of the event and history, and I thank him for being a true fan.
The driver of the Chevrolet Camaro Convertible Pace Car for the May 29 race will be announced later this month.
Trump was holding out for a Shelby GT500.
I would also like to announce that I will not be driving the pace car for the Indy 500.
Is Trump’s 15 minutes of political fame over yet? I hope so.
Who’s your candidate for POTUS?
I thought after the celebrity driver of a pace car creamed the car in a previous race that it was a rule now that the pace car had to be driven by a real driver. A race car driver.
The strain on his hair would have been to great.
snip...."Prior to that announcement, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway had dealt with considerable fan criticism on issues ranging from Trump's status as a bona fide auto racing aficionado worthy of such an honor as driving the pace car to Trump's challenge of the legitimacy of the birth certificate President Obama recently provided in response to questions about Obama's citizenship status.
Foyt was invited by Mari Hulman George, daughter of former Speedway owner Tony Hulman, a day after Trump declined the honor of driving the pace car.
...snip... The 1971 race was marred by a crash on pit road when pace-car driver Eldon Palmer, an Indianapolis auto dealer, lost control of the Dodge Challenger convertible and crashed into a photographer's stand with Speedway president Hulman and astronaut John Glenn on board. Twenty people were injured."
Yep, a convertible......