Business magnate and potential 2012 presidential candidate Donald Trump will drive the Pace Car in the upcoming Indianapolis 500, officials from the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced Tuesday.
Trump will lead the field of 33 drivers behind the wheel of a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible at the start of the historic race's 100th Anniversary on May 29.
"It's a great honor to be selected as the Pace Car driver for such an American institution as the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500," Trump said, according to the Speedway's website. "The Indianapolis 500 has been the gold standard of motorsports for a century, and I can't wait to get behind the wheel of the Camaro and bring the famous field of 33 drivers to the green flag."
The real-estate mogul and "Celebrity Apprentice" star was asked last month to drive the Pace Car by Indianapolis Motor Speedway president and CEO Jeff Belskus.
"We're thrilled to welcome Donald Trump as the driver of the Pace Car for the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500," Belskus said. "He is an iconic American success story, a business leader without peer who is a fitting choice to bring the field for 'The Most Important Race in History' to the green flag."
Trump plans to decide by June whether to join the field of GOP contenders competing in 2012.