Joie Chitwood III, vice president and general manager of Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., has been named the Official Pace Car Driver for the 86th running of the Indianapolis 500, scheduled to take place Sunday, May 26 at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Chitwood will bring the field to the green flag and be responsible to pick up the field after yellow flag cautions during the race. Chitwood will also give pace car rides throughout the weekend to speedway guests and VIP?s. Commenting on being asked to drive the Official Pace Car, Chitwood said, ?With my family?s history in Indianapolis, this will be a very special day for me.? Chitwood added, ?Being part of the historic Indy 500 is both an honor and a privilege for me. I?m not sure the magnitude of my involvement will completely sink in until I?m behind the wheel.? Chitwood has walked down the road of racing wearing a variety of hats. Before taking the top spot at Chicagoland Speedway, Chitwood worked at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the Indy Racing League Director of Administration from 1996 to 1999. As the Director of Administration, Chitwood served as the direct link between the IRL and its participants, while providing leadership for all team business and activities. In addition to working at the famed speedway, his grandfather, Joie Chitwood, who started in the ?Greatest Spectacle in Racing? seven times, is recognized in racing history as the first driver to wear a seatbelt in the Indy 500. At age five, Chitwood began his career as a stunt man for the Chitwood Thrill Show Family. Later he specialized in four-car precision driving and reverse spins. His driving skills have been documented on ABC?s ?Wide World of Sports,? ?That?s Incredible? and ?Stuntmasters.? The Indianapolis 500 is scheduled to take place Sunday, May 26 at 11:00 a.m. (EDT) and will be televised on ABC. For more information about the Indianapolis 500, visit For more information about Chicagoland Speedway, visit
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