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Pace car for a Pacer: NBA’s Victor Oladipo to start Indy 500


of the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Indiana Pacers in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 27, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.

Andy Lyons

2018 indy 500 pace car

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo will drive the pace car in this year’s Indianapolis 500, Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials announced Thursday.

He will lead the 33-car field to the starting line in a 2019 Corvette ZR1 on May 27. The car can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 2.85 seconds and reach a top track speed of 212 mph.

Oladipo was a fan favorite at Indiana University before he gave up his final year of eligibility to enter the draft.

He was acquired in last summer’s trade for Paul George and blossomed into an All-Star in his first season with the Pacers.

He averaged 23.1 points last season and is considered the front-runner for the NBA’s Most Improved Player award.