Dale Jr. to drive Brickyard 400 pace car

INDIANAPOLIS (WANE) - Dale Earnhardt Jr. is headed back to the Brickyard 400.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced Wednesday that the NASCAR icon would drive the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Pace Car to lead the field to the start of the 25th running of the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard. The race is set for Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“I am honored that Chevrolet asked me to drive the Camaro ZL1 Pace Car in one of the biggest races of the year,” said Earnhardt, who retired last year with 24 Cup Series wins. “The fan in me was already looking forward to this event. It’s a big race. There is a lot at stake since it’s the final chance for the teams and drivers to make the Playoffs. So, I hope to do a good job leading the field to the green flag, but I can promise you I’ll soak in every minute and enjoy the Brickyard in a way I never have before.”

The Brickyard 400 was moved from July to September serve as the finale of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular season for the first time. The field for the NASCAR Playoffs will be set following the race at IMS

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