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Dale Jr. cherishes chance to drive Indy pace car

Retired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. will drive the pace car for the Indianapolis 500.

Earnhardt will drive the Corvette Grand Sport at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to lead the 33 drivers to the green flag May 26.

The NBC Sports analyst, who will be making his first trip to the Indy 500, will also be part of the broadcast team.

"Driving the Pace Car just takes it to another level," Earnhardt said in a statement. "The Corvette Grand Sport is an awesome car, and it's an honor to be asked to lead the field to the green flag.